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Vertigo, Ambulatory Care

Vertigo

is when you feel dizzy. You may think that you or your surroundings are spinning even though you are not moving. Vertigo may be caused by problems that affect your inner ear or the part of your brain that controls balance.

Common symptoms include the following:

You may feel that you or everything around you is moving or spinning. You may also feel like you are being pulled down or toward your side. Symptoms may occur after you change positions, such as when you turn over in bed or move your head or neck. You may have nausea or vomiting. You may also have trouble with your balance, which may cause you to fall.

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Blood, pus, or fluid is coming out of your ears.
  • Any of the following signs of a stroke:
    • Numbness or drooping on one side of your face
    • Weakness in an arm or leg
    • Confusion or difficulty speaking
    • Dizziness, a severe headache, or vision loss

Treatment for vertigo

depends on the cause. You may need medicines to treat your vertigo. You may also need medicine to treat symptoms caused by vertigo, such as nausea or headaches. You may need surgery to treat the cause of your vertigo.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Do not walk without help, drive a car, or operate heavy machinery if you feel dizzy.
  • Move slowly and let yourself get used to one position before you move to another position.
  • Sit or lie down right away if you feel dizzy.

Balance therapy:

You may need to see a therapist to teach you certain exercises. These exercises will help your brain adapt to the dizziness. This will help decrease your vertigo and improve your balance. Ask for more information about this therapy.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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