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What does vertigo feel like? Four common symptoms

January 4th, 2020
What Does Vertigo Feel Like?

We’ve all heard the term; maybe you’ve even seen it as a punchline on your favorite TV show, but vertigo is a very real condition that can seriously diminish your quality of life and functioning. If you’ve been experiencing dizzy spells and some difficulty balancing, you may be wondering whether vertigo is the cause. As always, only a qualified doctor can diagnose vertigo, but educating yourself as a patient can still be helpful. 

A clearer picture of what vertigo feels like can allow you to be more proactive with your doctor in describing your symptoms. As you read the following overview of some of the primary signs of vertigo, be sure to take note of your own symptoms and the actions that trigger them. Any information you have is beneficial as you and your doctor try to reach a diagnosis. 

Symptoms to tell you what vertigo feels like

There can be a wide range of causes for vertigo, from an inner ear imbalance to a neurological dysfunction in the brain. While symptoms for vertigo will vary depending on the cause, many people diagnosed with the condition most commonly report the following signs and symptoms: 

  1. Lightheadedness The feeling that you are about to faint and pass out is a common indicator of vertigo.
  2. Feeling like the room is spinning — This is the hallmark of dizziness and is perhaps the primary sensation associated with vertigo. 
  3. Problems focusing your eyes — Many people with vertigo also report blurry vision as accompanying their dizzy spells.
  4. Balance problems — Since vertigo often represents an issue with the body’s vestibular system, which controls balance, patients can be at an increased risk of dizziness and falls.

How does vestibular training help?

As part of a broader vertigo treatment program, physical therapists can help with a form of treatment called vestibular therapy. This helps patients manage their vertigo symptoms through balance training, exercises to help the eye focus on a fixed point and better body awareness. 

At Rehab Access, our talented and experienced team of clinicians can help people living with vertigo create a comprehensive treatment program that is right for their particular condition and lifestyle. We strive to deliver the highest level of care and believe that an often overlooked part of treatment is developing a strong relationship between patient and caregiver. To learn more about our locations, staff and treatment options, contact us today. We’ll be happy to schedule your initial appointment.