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Vertigo (cont.)

Vertigo Symptoms

Vertigo implies there is a sensation of motion either of the person or the environment, often perceived as if the room is spinning around you. This should not be confused with symptoms of lightheadedness or fainting. Vertigo differs from motion sickness in that motion sickness is a feeling of being off-balance and lacking equilibrium, caused by repeated motions such as riding in a car or boat.

  • If true vertigo exists, symptoms include a sensation of disorientation or motion. In addition, the individual may also have any or all of these symptoms:
    • nausea or vomiting,
    • sweating, and/or
    • abnormal eye movements.
  • The duration of symptoms can be from minutes to hours, and symptoms can be constant or episodic. The onset may be due to a movement or change in position. It is important to tell the doctor about any recent head trauma or whiplash injury as well as any new medications the affected individual is taking.
  • The person may have hearing loss and a ringing sensation in the ears.
  • The person might have visual disturbances, weakness, difficulty speaking, a decreased level of consciousness, and difficulty walking.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/5/2013

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