People of all ages, all nationalities and sexes can be affected by inner ear dizziness. This complaint is among the most popular of patients presenting to the doctor’s office. It will be experience by roughly five million Americans this year alone and for an unfortunate 5 percent of them the problem of dizziness will last longer than a three month period. There are many issues that can cause or result in dizziness. There are an equally large number of supposed treatments for dizziness.
Because so many things can have an effect on our balance, there can be many causes of vertigo and dizziness. They can be as innocent as an ear infection and dehydration to more serious causes like a stroke or tumor. The most common cause of inner ear dizziness is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, benign positional vertigo or BPPV. The mechanism of this type of vertigo is well known and it has classic symptoms. Although commonly treated with medication the most effective way is not with medication.
The mechanism that causes BPPV or benign positional vertigo is a result of small debris in the inner ear balance organs. The balance organs are small tube like structures filled with a fluid like substance. Occasionally small debris will become loose in the balance organs. With particular movements of the head the debris can interfere with the balance organs and result in incorrect signals being sent to the brain about our balance. Therefore we may feel movement when we are still, which is the feeling of dizziness and vertigo.
Inner ear dizziness is described as the sensation of movement when you are still. People may experience the room spinning around them. The aggravating factors of BPPV are very characteristic. It is classic that the vertigo is brought on by movements of the head and positions of the head. Typically rolling over in bed, looking upwards, bending forwards and turning sideways will bring on attacks of vertigo. The associated vertigo is short in duration and should only last less than 10 seconds. It should not last for hours or days. There can be associated nausea, although vomiting is less common.
Usually medication is recommended to treat the symptoms. They can help lessen the symptoms because they dampen the activity of the nervous system which results in less feeling of dizziness and less nausea. But they do nothing for the particles in the inner ear that are causing the problem. So the cause of the problem is left untreated and just addressing the symptoms is the focus of medication. It is a much better, longer term solution to address the cause of the problem and the symptoms will naturally be taken care of.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel for those with inner ear dizziness problems. Drug-free and non-surgical techniques are available. These are medical techniques backed by research, but for some unfortunate reason they often do not even get a mention.