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Vertigo

AMBULATORY CARE:

Vertigo

is a condition that causes you to feel dizzy. 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.

Common symptoms that may happen with vertigo:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Trouble with your balance
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Weakness, slurred speech, problems seeing or moving, or increased sleepiness
  • Facial weakness and headache
  • Hearing loss, ear fullness or pain, or hearing ringing sounds
  • Fast, uncontrolled movement of your eyes

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have a headache and a stiff neck.
  • You have shaking chills and a fever.
  • You vomit over and over with no relief.
  • You have blood, pus, or fluid coming out of your ears.
  • You are confused.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your symptoms do not get better with treatment.
  • You have questions about your condition or care.

Treatment for vertigo

may include resting in bed or avoid certain activities for a time. You may need to decrease or stop taking medicines that are causing your vertigo. Medicines may also be prescribed to help relieve your symptoms.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Do not drive , walk without help, or operate heavy machinery when you are dizzy.
  • Move slowly when you move from one position to another position. Get up slowly from sitting or lying down. Sit or lie down right away if you feel dizzy.
  • Drink plenty of liquids. Liquids help prevent dehydration. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
  • Vestibular and balance rehabilitation therapy (VBRT) is used to teach you exercises to improve your balance and strength. These exercises may 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.

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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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