What is Vertigo disease? There are so many answers to this question. Today we can hardly talk about just one definition of vertigo. By the Macmillan English dictionary definition, vertigo is a sensation of balance loss, or a feeling that things are swirling around you, often because you are in a high place. Well, this is partially correct.
• As we mentioned, there are many theories on what vertigo is. People often mix the term “vertigo” with the term “dizziness”, but this is actually wrong. While vertigo can be called dizziness, not all dizziness can be called vertigo.
• Vertigo is a sensation of a general movement in your surrounding, which includes illusionary shifts of things up and down, spinning etc. Dizziness is almost every time described as a spinning sensation. What is more, vertigo is often followed by a loss of balance, difficulties with walking or standing still etc. Another big difference is that vertigo can last up to several weeks, and dizziness is over in just a few moments.
• Causes of vertigo are often found in inflammation of the inner ear, called vestibular labyrinth. This part of the inner ear is responsible for our balance sense, so when there is some allergy or inflammation in this part of the body, the first symptom is the loss of balance. Vertigo is specific because of its severity, meaning that people who suffer from it can hardly function, and can’t manage even simple tasks.
• There are two main types of vertigo: subjective and objective. Subjective vertigo would imply spinning and objective would imply sensation of things moving around you. As we mentioned, people often believe that vertigo is a spinning sensation due to fear of height, but there is a different name for this and it is not vertigo. When you feel dizziness while you are in a high place, this sensation passes as soon as you are down. Unlike this, vertigo lasts much longer. Besides, vertigo is sometimes followed by a number of symptoms such as nausea, blurred vision, headache, concentration difficulties etc.
• Medical science has made a great progress, but questions about vertigo remain mostly unanswered. Scientists still don’t know if this inner ear problem is solely responsible for vertigo; they don’t even know to explain this sensation of sudden balance loss.