Causes Of Dizziness

By Patricia | February 19, 2010

Dizziness is a condition that could be because of a variety of reasons that range from the problems of imbalance in vertigo, electrolyte imbalances during heat exhaustion, and even hyperventilation. Dizziness is most often accompanied by a sense of nausea and vomiting and this is a clear indication of vertigo. If this is not the case, then the problem of dizziness is a possible case of a problem in the balancing organ of the ear called the cochlea. The ultimate diagnosis will require the expertise of a doctor. There might have to be a combined diagnosis that is performed by a Ear, Nose and Throat specialist and a neurologist as well to confirm where exactly the problem lies.

Causes

The first organ responsible for our sense of balance and equilibrium is the cochlea in the ear, which uses the gravitational pull of the earth as a baseline along with the disturbance caused by acceleration to judge our spatial position. This information is relayed to the brain by neurons and here the information is correlated to what we see visually and we then know not only that we are moving but which direction we are moving in. Additionally, we also know when we are not in balance and correct ourselves according to the pull of gravity. Vertigo is a problem that occurs with the manifestations of dizziness. The problem stems from a ear with an infection, or excess fluid in the inner ear, or could be indicative of an autoimmune disease. The problem could also be in the brain when vertigo is a precursor to a migraine.

Natural Remedies

Treating the condition requires some retraining and a special exercise called the Epley maneuver. Any infections of the ear also need to be treated. The Epley maneuver can be done by you at home with the following steps: first sit upright, and then turn your head to the problematic side that’s responsible for the vertigo. This turn should be at a forty five degree angle. After this lie down, and stay this way for five minutes. Repeat the same thing for the other side, wait for five minutes, roll your body onto the direction that causes vertigo and then push yourself upright while still looking downward. This should be done twice in a row and three times a day until the condition starts to alleviate.

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