Patient Comments: Vertigo - Causes

Do you know what causes or brings on your vertigo?

A Doctor's View on Vertigo Causes

Read the Comment by Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

Vertigo causes range from mild to very serious. Many cases of vertigo arise from disorders of the brain or inner ear. Vertigo causes include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's disease, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, and migraines. More serious causes of vertigo include low blood pressure, brain tumors, bleeding into the brain, and loss of blood to the brain. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: KelBecker, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I suffer from severe vertigo when I get onto an elevator. Even going one floor will make me sick for hours and hours. I always use the stairs when possible. However in a recent trip we were placed on the 30th floor and were absolutely not allowed to use the stairs. In turn I was ill for all four days I was there. I have used the patch you put behind ear and it helped a little, however not enough to allow me to enjoy myself. I always ask for a ground/lower floor if possible.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: AceRockol, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 26

I had vertigo off and on for 7 weeks, always when I lay down on my right side in bed. I went to an ENT doctor, and he said it's either the crystals, or my neck. I have degenerative disk disease in a couple of neck vertebrae, as well as scoliosis. I'm really hoping it's the crystals and not my neck. Getting old is painful.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: carol d, Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I started have vertigo attacks about 2 years ago. I blamed it on a recent surgery for removal of part of my lung. The first one was strong, it pushed me to the floor. The rest of them were slight and manageable. I had another one today; a bad one. I held on to the table near to me, unable to walk for several minutes. Also, my face felt like a severe blush, a feeling of heat going through my whole body. Two hours later, I still feel unsteady. I am totally recovered from my surgery and don't know why this is happening.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: jay, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 10

I have vertigo, my mother and her father had it. In all of our cases, it starts around age 35. Episodes always begin while lying down, you roll over and find yourself (or the room) spinning out of control. It lasts from hours to weeks, depending on the severity of the initial episode. I have found sleeping with my head raised prevents it. Lying flat seems to cause it by allowing the rocks in your head to fall out of place. Prevention is to learn to sleep at an inclined angle, especially during an attack. Recliners that you can sleep in are great. Rules during an attack; don't look up, don't look down, no sudden head movement, and don't bend over.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: lbloom, (Patient) Published: October 31

Recently, while crossing a long high bridge on my bicycle I developed vertigo. I made it across the bridge but on my return trip I had to walk my bicycle. I have not experienced symptoms of vertigo at any other time.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Mike, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 20

I am a male 51 years old, and I work for FedEx, drive semi for them. I have had vertigo for 2 weeks now, but I am back to work. The weird thing is that we have 5 drivers that have had vertigo.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I have been fighting with vertigo for 2 months, and it is horrible. My ENT doctor keeps sending me around the world with different treatment and medicines and I still have dizziness really bad every single day.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Forrie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 16

It would seem that the new pain medication Zohydro is what has caused my vertigo. My doctor gave me Meclizine and Undivert. And that was taken it away. I am also under stress, but we went of Zohydro for a month, went back on for a week and that must be it.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Vertigo - Symptoms Question: Do you experience nausea, vomiting, or other symptoms with your vertigo?
Vertigo - Treatment Question: What kind of treatment have you had for your vertigo? Did it help?
Vertigo - Exercises Question: Have you tried vestibular rehabilitation exercises (Cawthorne head exercises or the Epley maneuver) for your vertigo? Did they help?

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors