If you’ve ever suffered from a vertigo attack, you know how awful it can be. After a simple change in the position of your head, you suddenly feel dizzy, and either feel like the ground is moving under you, or like you are about to fall forward.
Often it feels as though you have absolutely no control over it. The sensation can lead to headaches, sweating, nausea, vomiting and falling. A vertigo attack will make you feel off balance, and it can last anywhere from a few seconds to hours on end.
Vertigo attacks can be extremely uncomfortable, and they can be spurred by a range of things. Is there a connection between your diet and vertigo attacks? Can certain changes in what you eat reduce the frequency or intensity of vertigo attacks?
In this article, we review what the scientific literature says to answer those exact questions.
What Causes Vertigo?
Vertigo is usually caused by a problem with the inner-ear. The inner ear is responsible for helping to keep you balanced, so anything that affects the inner ear will inevitably cause you to feel unbalanced. Some of the conditions and diseases that can cause an inner-ear problem include:
- BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) – caused by small calcium particles in the inner ear.
- Meniere’s disease – caused by a pressure change in the ear
- Labrinthitis – caused by a viral ear infection that can cause inflammation
- Vestibular neuronitis – an inflammation of the nerve in the inner ear that helps to control balance
- Secondary endolymphatic hydrops – affects inner ear fluid, the vestibular apparatus of the ear, or both
- Head injuries
- Brain problems in the past
- Certain medications
Traditional treatment will depend on the cause. In many cases, it includes vestibular rehabilitation, which is a type of physical therapy that helps train your senses to compensate or adapt to vertigo. It can also include canalith repositioning maneuvers (when diagnosed with BPPV) or medicine to help control the headaches and nausea that may accompany the vertigo.