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Spinning out of control: Vertigo
- By: Paul G. Mathew, MD, FAAN, FAHS, Contributor
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Though 78, I do a lot of hill-walking with friends, but keep off walks whose route is going to pass sheer drops, which give me vertigo, and in particularly bad instances even an urge to throw myself off. I’ve had this problem since my thirties, though less acutely in some periods than in others. I’ve always understood from my doctor that while benign positional temporary vertigo can be treated with the Epley Manouvre, my type of vertigo can’t be cured or even reduced. Would the medications mentioned here help me?
We need a cure.
Is there a relationship between vertigo and concussions?
Head trauma can be one of the many pathological causes of vertigo.
Great summary of the problem. Nice to see clear information in the usual see of misunderstanding one finds online. One minor point: Readers should not interpret your advice to not go down below as being advice against lying down. Lying down DOES help, probably by increasing the somatosensory inputs telling you how you are moving. However, probably best to lie down in the fresh air and yes, when eyes are open, to look at the horizon. It also matters where you lie. Best to be near the center of motion of the boat so you get less acceleration.
(spatial orientation researcher)
Excellent article. I was wondering about this so I’m very happy I found your website!.
As an adult I have benign vertigo as my two adult sisters do.We all suffered from car sickness as children. Is there a genetic component to benign vertigo?
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