If you've ever had vertigo you'll know it. It's not a disease in and of itself. Dr. Devanand Jha, Consultant ENT Specialist and Head and Neck Surgeon, would like you to know that it is a sign that something else is wrong, and exploration is needed.
"The balance we so often take for granted is a crucial tool for navigating our world. Beginning from the moment you turn your head, signals begin flowing to the labyrinth."
Vertigo can be caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. Or it can be brought on sporadically by movements of the head.
Meniere's disease shows itself through the experience of vertigo, plus hearing loss, plus ringing in the ears. It's thought to be brought on by too much fluid in the inner ear.
Labyrinthitis is inflammation possibly from infection in the inner ear. It can last for several weeks or longer.
Sometimes vertigo will come, and linger, then disappear on its own, with no lasting ill effects. But it can also be a warning about a serious health condition that should not be ignored.