Our expert says:
Erica, you might be suffering from vertigo. Vertigo is a sensation of motion when there is no motion or an exaggerated sense of motion in response to a given bodily movement. Thus, vertigo is not just “spinning” or dizziness, but may present as a sense of tumbling, of falling backward or forward, or of the ground rolling. Any disease that can affect the vestibular apparatus (inner ear) can cause vertigo.
The following are some of the most common causes of vertigo.
Length of vertigo episode = seconds
*Hearing affected => Perilymphatic fistula
*Hearing not affected => Positional vertigo, vertebrobasilar insufficiency, cervical vertigo
Length of vertigo episode = hours
*Hearing affected =>Ménière’s syndrome, syphilis
*Hearing not affected => Vestibular migraine
Length of vertigo episode = days
*Hearing affected =>Labyrinthitis, injury of the labyrinth
*Hearing not affected => Vestibular neuronitis
Length of vertigo episode = months
*Hearing affected =>Acoustic neuroma, drugs
*Hearing not affected => Multiple sclerosis, cerebral degeneration
If it doesn’t clear up soon the best would be to see an ENT specialist and if he can’t help, a neurologist. Good luck.
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