Vertigo causes brief episodes that make you feel like the room is spinning but can be accompanied by other symptoms or can signal serious problems like a stroke. With years of experience treating vertigo, Luay Shayya, MD, at Neurology Consultants of Arizona in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the expert you need to determine the underlying cause and develop customized treatment for your vertigo. Even though vertigo is common and often goes away on its own, you should see a doctor if it recurs. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature.
Dizziness describes a range of sensations, including:
Vertigo is a specific type of dizziness that makes you feel like you or your surroundings are spinning.
The spinning sensation caused by vertigo appears in sudden, short spells that are triggered by head movement. In addition to spinning, you may experience:
Some patients may feel nauseated, vomit, or break out into a sweat.
Vertigo may develop from problems affecting your ear or your central nervous system. An ear infection and Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disorder, cause vertigo, but the most common ear-related problem responsible for vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
BPPV occurs when small calcium crystals normally found inside your ear break off. The crystals then float in the fluid-filled tubes, semicircular canals, that help maintain your balance. As the crystals interfere with normal fluid movement, they cause vertigo.
Vertigo that begins in the central nervous system, called central vertigo, can result from an illness or injury affecting the part of your brain that controls balance. Central vertigo may be caused by:
Patients with neurodegenerative disorders like dementia and Parkinson’s disease are also more likely to have vertigo and dizziness.
Vertigo and dizziness may be signs of a stroke when you experience any of these symptoms at the same time:
You should seek emergency medical care if you experience any of these symptoms. Cardiovascular diseases can also cause vertigo, so seek immediate treatment if you have chest pain or shortness of breath together with vertigo.
Dr. Shayya first determines whether your vertigo is associated with a condition that needs immediate attention, such as a stroke, concussion, or heart problem. After completing a physical and neurological exam, and performing diagnostic tests as needed, Dr. Shayya develops a customized treatment based on the underlying cause of your vertigo.
When you’re diagnosed with BPPV, Dr. Shayya performs the Epley maneuver, which is a series of movements that stop your vertigo by repositioning the crystals.
When you experience vertigo, call Neurology Consultants of Arizona or book an appointment online.