Vertigo is a kind of dizziness where you feel a spinning or rotation sensation. It can last for a few seconds to a few hours. It can affect your daily life if it keeps happening or lasts a long time. You might also have loss of balance, nausea and vomiting.
Most cases of vertigo are caused by problems with the inner ear. These include:
Although less common, problems in the brain can cause vertigo and include:
You can book an appointment with a Spire private GP today.
Your GP will discuss your symptoms and medical history. They’ll ask questions to find out if you have vertigo – ie you feel like the world is spinning around you – and not another form of dizziness.
Your GP will examine your ears, eyes and may ask you to stand, sit or move in certain ways to check your balance and help them find the possible cause. They might refer you for further tests.
Treatment for vertigo depends on the underlying cause and your other symptoms. Most cases get better without needing treatment. You can try to help reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms by: