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Uncovering the Causes of Vertigo

Suddenly, the world around you seems to spin, tilt, or fall. The feeling of moving when you’re actually not is a common sign of vertigo. Vertigo is one of the most common reasons for seeking emergency care. Usually, the causes of vertigo remain relatively harmless.

In order to exclude other, more serious conditions, you should seek medical attention if you have vertigo. For personalized care and treatment, come to Dignity Health St. John's. One of our experienced, caring emergency doctors can help diagnose the reason for your vertigo symptoms. 


Carefully Examining Your Vertigo Symptoms at Dignity Health St. John's

Vertigo is different from dizziness. Your doctor will want to understand your symptoms, how long you’ve had them, and anything that may have triggered them. 

Other symptoms you may experience with vertigo are:

  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Light sensitivity
  • Ear pain or ringing
  • Hearing loss
  • Imbalance or unsteadiness

See a doctor at Dignity Health Central Coast immediately after experiencing vertigo for a personal evaluation and treatment plan. They will perform the necessary tests, which may include hearings tests and neurological exams, to thoroughly diagnose vertigo.

Your doctor will determine if you have one of these common vertigo causes:

  • Meniere’s disease from a fluid buildup in your inner ear
  • Vestibular neuritis or inflammation from a viral infection
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), when inner ear crystals settle in other areas of the ear

Once your doctor knows what’s causing your vertigo, we can create a treatment plan that best suits your needs. Find a Doctor today for vertigo treatment at Dignity Health St. John's.