Vertigo is a sensation you might experience if you move your head too quickly—the feeling that you or the room around you is spinning. Some symptoms to be on the lookout for include headaches, vomiting, or sweating. What many people don’t realize is that vertigo is related to an inner ear imbalance and could require further treatment up to and including a surgical procedure. Below you can read our guide on Vertigo Treatments: The Basics.
One of the first forms of treatment for vertigo is medication. Once you discuss your symptoms with a doctor, they may be able to prescribe you something to relieve the unique symptoms you’re experiencing. Some medications that a doctor may prescribe for treatment include:
- Meclizine (Antivert)
- Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Metoclopramide (Reglan)
- Prochlorperazine (Compazine)
- Promethazine (Phenergan)
Another option for vertigo treatment includes targeted exercises. Many of these exercises you can do at home and can reduce vertigo symptoms. The Brandt-Daroff exercise is one of the best-known ways to relieve vertigo symptoms.
Those suffering from vertigo may need to talk to someone about the effects of the condition on their everyday lives, including depression, grief, and other mental health conditions. Therapy is a great way to handle it. Vertigo can affect mental health as well as physical health, and speaking with a counselor can come with many benefits.
Some changes to your diet can help with your vertigo. When consulting with a doctor, ask if there are any foods they suggest you avoid that can contribute to vertigo symptoms. Common culprits include sodium-rich foods, so making simple substitutes could help you get back on your feet.
Vertigo treatment may also lead to surgery if the medication and other counteractive measures are not working. The type of surgery will vary based on the symptoms the person is suffering from. Some surgical procedures that may be necessary are:
- Endolymphatic subarachnoid shunt
- Retrolabyrinthine vestibular neurectomy
- Cochleovestibular neurectomy
- Post ampullary nerve section (singular neurectomy)
After reading our post on the basics of vertigo treatments, you may want to visit a Cypress ENT and consult with a medical professional about what options might work best for you.