VERTIGO -- Dizziness and Balance Problems

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Do you know that I usually get a bout of vertigo while doing my blogs in our cottage by the beach? I guess it's because of the cold and very windy conditions at the seashore at this time of the year. I read that change in barometric pressure or change in weather conditions can result in VERTIGO.


I also read that exposure to very cold and windy weather can create ear problems affecting the eustachian tube which may result to dizziness and balance problems. The pressure sensation from strong winds makes my ears painful. The proper medical terminology for this is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD).

Aside from anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, doctors recommend laying on ones side with ear up. Blow up a balloon which will safely open the tube and drain it. Limit dairy and sugar intake since these produce insulin which in turn produces mucus that may block the ears. Or, just lay still in a quiet darkened room to prevent nausea and that spinning sensation after having taken proper medication.

Having experienced on-and-off bouts with vertigo, I happened to stumble on a youtube video called EPLEY MANEUVERS. Following herewith, are the videos for your viewing.

It looks quite interesting but for me, I don't really feel confident doing those recommended maneuvers. Who knows? Perhaps it may work for others. It's just my personal opinion.

I likewise did a Google search on home remedies for vertigo and I found that to be more appealing. It said that studies showed GINGER root to be a good traditional cure for vertigo.

Well, I have always been a ginger fan and yes I do believe it contains excellent and proven healing properties. All it takes is to drink 1000 mgs of powdered ginger at first symptoms of vertigo. Then another 500mgs every four hours as needed. Or, you can make ginger tea by peeling and grating a one piece inch of raw ginger root and boil to make at least a cup of tea.

You can also find ginger capsules in most drug stores. Just take one capsule twice a day to relieve vertigo. Ginger is also a preventive cure for motion or sea sickness. Just don't take ginger excessively. It can result to severe stomach ache, heartburn and digestive distress.

Another amazing medicinal use of ginger is for nausea, loss of appetite and pain. I always take a cup of ginger tea with squeezed "calamansi" or golden lime whenever I feel like a cold or flu coming up. And mind you, IT WORKS WONDERS for me!

1.5 grams of ginger is also great for pregnancy related vomiting or morning sickness and for cancer patients undergoing chemotheraphy. As a pain reliever for muscles, joints and stiffness, ginger is best for those suffering from osteoarthritis or for those who overdo their physical exercises. Moreso, ginger has powerful anti-diabetic properties. With only 2 grams of ginger powder per day, blood sugar is drastically reduced by 12%. And for us ladies, take 1 gram of powdered ginger a day for the first 3 days of the menstrual period. An excellent cure for menstrual pain or dysmenorrhea indeed! The secret of ginger lies in a powerful and fragrant substance called GINGEROL. It can be used in its fresh, dried or powdered form.

Because of the very windy conditions by the beach, I normally cover my entire head and face just like a Muslim lass to protect myself from the cold and to avoid getting vertigo. My ears are quite sensitive to strong winds.

For those of you who are not familiar with a vertigo attack, I tell you it sure is an unpleasant sensation. Just imagine all the furniture and things in your room continually spinning around you while you remain motionless. It's like a prolonged dizziness spell casts over you at the least you expect it. Common or short bouts of dizziness is more tolerable compared to vertigo. You can get dizzy if you are simply dehydrated. Or, you either have low or highblood pressure. You can get dizzy by getting up abruptly after lying in bed for a long period of time. Dizziness can also occur if are very hungry or right after doing strenuous work. All these dizziness spells mentioned have quick cures.

Now, if your dizziness persists or comes without warning, then that's what we call vertigo. It is actually an extended form of dizziness and may be a symptom of an underlying condition or physical disorder.

Ear problems are a common cause of vertigo. It is called the Meziere's disease which is characterized with frequent changes in pressure of the fluid found in the inner ear resulting to extended dizziness, imbalance and nausea.

Tinnitus on the other hand, is another ear related disease. It gives one or both ears a feeling of hearing buzzing, whistling or ringing sounds or even hearing loss which seems real to the individual.

Viral or bacterial infection of the ears can likewise result to vertigo. Over exposure to water by swimmers can cause ear infection.

There are other causes of vertigo associated with eye problems, headache, severe migrane, motion sickness, head trauma or injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke and brain tumor to name a few.

Motion sickness can usually be had if you are on a long trip by bus. Or perhaps, your first time to travel by air or by sea. This kind of vertigo can result to headache and vomiting. A popular medicine called Bonamine (for kids and adults) is effective to prevent motion sickness if taken at least an hour prior your trip.

Vertigo may last for a few minutes, hours or even days. There are several traditional (herbal) and medicinal remedies to address vertigo or its symptoms.

Vertigo by the way is not contagious. I am neither a doctor nor a medical practioner. But because I suffer from vertigo occasionally, I gathered all these data from my extensive readings. But surprisingly my wonder root- ginger, has always helped me a lot to overcome this unwanted sensation. Hey guys, don't get me wrong. I'm no quack doctor either. But for those of you who continually suffer from severe vertigo, may I echo what all medicine advertisements always say at the end... IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.