In general the treatment of vertigo is symptomatic, ie treatment is given to control the symptoms without regard to the specific cause of the vertigo. The body is very good at overcoming the imbalance experienced during inner ear disease, and so symptomatic treatment should be short because it can delay this natural compensation. Rehabilitation including Cawthorne Cooksey Exercises. There are specifically targeted exercises to speed up the brain's natural compensation after inner ear disease.
Recovery can be hastened by these exercises which can be organised by your local ear nose and throat or physiotherapy department. These drugs reduce the overactivity of the balance organ and so reduce the dizziness and vomiting that can occur in inner ear problems.
However, they are not a long-term solution and should be used for as short a time as possible because they prolong the time taken for the body to readjust after the vertigo. This is a longer term disease and there are two aims of treatment.
One is to treat the acute episodes of dizziness with vestibular sedatives see above , and the other is to try to reduce the frequency of the dizzy episodes. Increasing the bloodflow of the inner ear may help and so drugs like Betahistine Serc are often prescribed.
Surgery may be advised if medical treatment proves ineffective and the episodes of vertigo are disabling. The options range from those such as the simple insertion of a grommet through to operations which completely destroy the inner ear, or divide the nerves leading from the inner ear to the brain. Unfortunately, many although not all effective surgical operations also destroy the hearing of that ear and so the vertigo is usually severe before a patient opts to undergo such treatment.
Because there are so many different causes of vertigo, there are several different operations and so it would take too much space to detail them all here, but your ear nose and throat consultant will go through them with you. There are always new treatments being developed and there is very encouraging progress being made using drugs delivered directly into the ear which selectively destroy the inner ear balance mechanisms without affecting hearing.
Further work is still to be undertaken in this area and will no doubt result in improved techniques for the control of vertigo in patients who are long-term sufferers. Anyone suffering from persistent recurrence of vertigo should consult their doctor in order to find the cause and to arrange effective treatment.
Some people are using Internet videos to self-treat the condition at home using a maneuver called the Epley maneuver. Cool, I thought. So I watched one of the videos and tried the maneuver. I did some investigating to find out why, and have some tips to improve your odds of success.
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BPPV happens when tiny crystals of calcium carbonate in one part of your inner ear become dislodged and float into another part. Simply looking up or rolling over in bed causes brief bouts of extreme dizziness.
Some people experience nausea as well. What causes the crystals to dislodge in the first place? Felipe Santos, an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and an instructor in otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School.
But the year-old software engineer recalls that the experience was very unnerving. Think of the exercise as one of those water-filled puzzles that you shake in order to move small beads from one place to another.
Research has shown that the most successful of these moves is called the Epley maneuver. Your head is held in this position for 20 to 30 seconds, then rotated 90 degrees to the unaffected side and held for another 20 to 30 seconds. Or you may feel unsteady on your feet. Normally, the brain recognises that you are moving by integrating signals from your eyes, inner ear and receptors that sense body movement in the neck and limbs.
But in true vertigo, you feel as though you are standing still while the world moves around you. Vertigo is often attributed to an inner ear infection called vestibular neuritis that starts after a cold and can last for up to a couple of weeks. But Kaski says vertigo is often mislabelled as this when in fact benign paroxysmal positional vertigo BBPV , and vestibular migraine are the more common and likely culprits.
BPPV is a mechanical problem of the inner ear. We have crystals inside the inner-ear balance organs that move when we do, but if the signals lag behind those emitted from the eyes and limbs, it creates an illusion of movement.
The repeated attacks usually last less than 30 seconds, and are precipitated by head movements including rolling over in bed or looking up. These people may be hypersensitive to light, noise and smells. The treatment is the same as managing migraine headaches: try to identify and avoid triggers, short-term painkillers and anti-sickness medication and long-term preventive treatments such as beta blockers.
It depends on the cause. Medical advice for vestibular neuritis is to avoid bed rest and get back to normal life as quickly as possible. BPPV can be cured by head movement exercises for example, the Epley manoeuvre or Brandt-Daroff exercises that reset the inner-ear organ of balance. Kaski is exploring novel ways of delivering this treatment using virtual reality glasses and a mobile phone app.