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Natural Remedies Can Put An End To Vertigo


Do you sometimes feel an uncomfortable sensation of swaying or rotating, accompanied by nausea or loss of balance? If you do, you are probably suffering from some form of vertigo. Motion sickness, for example, is a temporary form of vertigo and symptoms such as nausea soon clear up. Yet whilst symptoms can pass quickly, in some cases they can persist for hours or even days, causing the sufferer a great deal of distress.

Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV) is another common form of vertigo, caused by small crystals of calcium accumulating in your inner ear. Symptoms can take up to six months to improve and include nausea, loss of balance or light-headedness, which are often made worse by certain head movements. Simply rolling over in bed or looking up with your head bent back can aggravate an attack.

Numerous causes of vertigo are thought to exist, and the condition has been linked with tinnitus (ringing in your ears), loss of hearing, headache, double vision, stiff neck, depression, anxiety, head injuries, infections of your inner ear, multiple sclerosis, brain tumours, and age-related damage of your inner ear or brain. Statistics show that one out of ten patients visiting their doctor suffers from vertigo, and your chances of developing the condition increase with age.

Conventional treatments for vertigo are not always successful and surgery can be traumatic

It is important that the actual cause of your vertigo is identified. To establish this, your doctor may check your blood pressure, conduct special hearing tests, scans of your brain, or carry out a rotatory chair test – the severity of your condition is assessed whilst you’re seated in a chair and are turned around in different directions.

In many cases a definite cause cannot be found, and so general measures are conventionally used to treat overall symptoms. Doctors routinely prescribe the drugs Cinnarizine (Stugeron) and Betahistine (Serc), which aim to balance the fluid levels within your inner ear. And drugs, such as Prochlorperazine (Stemetil), are administered to treat nausea. These drugs can cause unpleasant side-effects, however, such as drowsiness, skin rashes or headaches.

Surgery is performed as a last resort for more serious forms of vertigo. This involves drilling holes in your inner ear to drain fluid, but can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort, and does not necessarily guarantee successful results.

Complementary and alternative remedies can improve your symptoms without harmful side-effects

The following treatments for vertigo are proving to be highly effective alternatives to drugs and surgery:

Piracetam is a chemical derived from the amino acid, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). It has been used to treat older patients suffering from vertigo with good results, but is currently only available on prescription under the brand name Nootropil. The usual dose is based on 2,400-4,800 mg a day.

Hydergine is a synthetic compound which is used to stimulate your brain, and has been found to be effective in reducing many symptoms of vertigo. It increases the blood supply to your brain, improves the metabolism of your brain cells (including those responsible for your sense of balance), and prevents free radical damage in your inner ear. The dose is 5-10 mg a day and, again, this treatment is only available on prescription.

Ginkgo Biloba, the extract of the maidenhair tree, has been shown to be successful in boosting blood circulation within the small vessels of your inner ear.

At the end of a three-month study of 67 people with vertigo, 47 per cent of participants taking 160mg of ginkgo biloba every day made a full recovery, compared with just 18 per cent in the placebo group. Take a ‘standardised’ dosage of 120 mg once or twice a day.

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a plant extract that reduces inflammation processes within your inner ear and improves blood circulation — this increases the amount of nutrients and oxygen reaching the parts of your inner ear responsible for maintaining balance. It is available in both tablet and liquid form.

Vinpocetine, another general brain stimulant, is extremely beneficial in helping to reduce symptoms of vertigo. Vinpocetine is the extract of the periwinkle plant, which improves oxygen supply to your brain.

Many medical trials have shown that vinpocetine may even protect your brain against toxic damage. The recommended dosage of vinpocetine is 15-40 mg a day.

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  • AlexD – I have the same condition. It is called motor vehicle disorientation syndrome (sometimes also referred to as visual vertigo or visual dependence). It’s a complicated problem, which can be caused by a variety of conditions and has no easy cure. It’s best to see a neurologist that specializes in vestibular conditions. You can find such a doctor on vestibular.org. I have not fully recovered from the condition, but my symptoms have improved over time. I have also done some vestibular rehab, which has helped a bit. I also started taking Ginkgo supplements, which I believe have caused my recent significant improvements.

  • To all the vertigo sufferer I know exactly how everyone is feeling and thinking. I myself have been suffering from vertigo for the pass 9 years I have been on sert 24mg twice a day since. I find that it helps if your not doing much in your day to trigger the dizzy spell. I still can’t put my head down for longer then 30 sec ex: when I do the cat litter I have to be careful and try to keep my head straight or I will have a dizzy spell. when I look up for longer then 30 sec same thing I have an episode ex: I tried to change a light bulb in my tall lamp and it required me to look up I had a dizzy spell so bad I ended up in the wall that’s how scary it is. I am definitely going to give the gingko Biloba a try and see if it could help 🙂 I am also going to start putting a few drops of ear polysporin in my ears every night before going to bed to see if that could help. take care everyone and good luck

  • I have difficulty of driving at road incline on my side as a driver, i feel dizzy and tendency is the car will fall on my side. Hav someone experience this? Experienced this for more than 5yrs and not yet found cure. Pls help tnx

  • It’s so nice to read that I’m not a freak alone in this. I’ve been suffering for 2 months with dizziness and now I’m a prisoner in my own home. I’m trying to be positive but it’s soooo frustrating. I know its somehow anxiety related but how can you not be anxious when you feel like you’re going to throw up all the time! I’m going to try some of this stuff and cross my fingers. My tonsils come out in a couple of weeks ..maybe after that.

  • I’ve been dealing with my vertigo symptoms for almost exactly 3 years. The room spins, I black out, headaches, nausea, falling down, everything. I’ve been to more doctors than I can count, too many medications to keep track of and nothing has had a lasting effect. After being told by the doctor that there is really nothing they can do and that I just have to live with it I became very discouraged and depressed. This article, all you people who are suffering the same make me feel like I can handle it and it can get better.

  • I too suffer from vertigo and have for years. mine started when I was brushing my hair with my head bent forward and when I flipped my head back, everything started spinning and and I feel to the floor. When laying down it felt like I was on a raft floating around. I too had all kinds of test done from dr. that eventually just thought it was in my mind, then one day I decided to go to a chiropractor. He seamed to know that it was related to my neck and spine so he started to treat me with adjustment and little by little I started to get better. It took a long time to where I was comfortable enough to start driving but it soon came after a few years of treatment. I will start experiencing symptoms again if my back or neck goes out but I make sure I get right back to the Chiropractor. There are many reasons for vertigo but some of you might have what I do and a chiropractor might be able to help you. In searching for a good chiropractor, ask him or her if they are familiar with vertigo. God bless all of you because I know what you’re going through as a mater of fact, I’m having symptoms again because of my back. I will pray for all of you on here that are suffering because God cares about each and everyone of us. Hang in there and keep in prayer!!

  • I have been dealing with chronic “vertigo” for 6 years but not so bad since 2001. My attacks come from out of no where. They last over a week with passing in and out of consciousness only to awaken to vomit then pass out again when in a ‘full’ attack. When in a pre full attack, I have this odd feeling like a funny bone being hit in my head that lasts for this time over a year and last time had me bedridden for almost 5 months. I have had a brain mri, ct scans, nerve conduction studies, eeg, video eeg, am being treated for optic nerve pressure and am told I might possibly have a pseudo tumor cerebre. Was on meclazine and valiums for 3 years with NO help. I am terrified since my body is now use to the meds, that if I go in a full attack again, I wont recover. Anyone else have any suggestions?

  • I read this column four weeks ago after I had had severe vertigo symptoms for a week. I took the advice and saw a doctor, who prescribed 30 tablets of Serc (10 days worth). Immediately the severity of the vertigo and dizziness lessened, but the problem never went away, and headaches largely replaced the sickening swaying. A week ago, after four weeks of the life-disabling symptoms, I started to take Ginko Biloba (2g, 3 times a day), also as suggested. This almost reduced the dizziness to null, but the headaches continued, as did the vertigo at night (when the Ginko Biloba had run its course). I realised after five weeks that something else must be the cause. A friend then told me to try Iron pills mixed with Vitamin C to keep it in my system longer, as she suspected Anaemia. I started to take these and amazingly, from day one, the dizziness went away, as did the vertigo, even at night. The headaches are lessening as well. Give it a try. It might work for you too!

  • Hi, I too have been getting this vertigo. I feel like I have a weight in my head, I feel extremely anxious especially when in shops, at times I wonder is the anxiety starting these spins or the other way around. Anyway this is something which I am constantly thinking about I’m on serc 8 but they are not working, I also tried stemetil but they also made me much worse, I haven’t had this that long so I hope it is just a viral and goes away. Good luck everyone as it Is very distressing

  • hi. I think I have been suffering from this for a longer time but it really did get me 2 weeks ago early in the morning – spinning, high blood pressure, chest pain, panic, and I rang the ambulance which took me to the hospital. They said benign vertiligo, tried to “fix” me with some movements, it didn’t work. I have been at home seince then. My GP came to home visit. I took Stemsine and now Serc. Feeling a bit better but it has not gone. Just there is no feeling like vomiting and the attacks are not that often. I am afraid now that I will be also a prisoner at my own home, I have already been due to severe sciatica, and other problems, It is not feeling dizzy, it is “merry go round”. Sometimes I joke I don’t have to pay for Dreamland on Gold Coast (I live in Australia) but sometimes it is not funny. I tried with some exercises, nothing.
    What I think is – I am on ACTONEL for osteoporosis which is basically Ca and vitamin D and maybe I have extra Ca as I did have in my kidneys. Then, neck problem, maybe alergies and some mild ear infections. God help me. I am 56, but feeling like 80. Scary to have a shower, of course I do, but terrified. I have to try Ginko too and I ordered neck collar if I ever try to drive because we all have some at least minor injuries of the neck due to driving in these big countries.
    Please tell me this will go away at least temporary.

  • i have been having this dizzy feeling along with nausea an hot flashes for about 3 weeks now. so bad as like other people im scared to leave my house. hardly get out of bed an when i do the dizziness is worse. i feel it somewhat when laying down still. i make myself get up go outsie but thats as far as i get. im tired of this. doc says vertigo. help. what are some home remedies that might help.

  • I would say the Vertifree is good but its only for temporarily relief and there is no side effects. I’ve been using it for 2 yrs but it gets me to work and home. You can order on nativeremedies.com

  • I’ve had benign positional vertigo for the last 3 yrs and the only relief i get is from a natural remedy called Vertifree but it seems like my body has gotten use to it. I am to like everyone trying to find a cure. This is so frustrating and hard to deal with.

  • I thought I was the only one that has vertigo but thank God I am not. I have surffered vertigo since 2008. Well, I think I will try the ginkgo because I have tried all sorts but it is still the same.

  • Hi, I have been dizzy on and off for the last 15years. This time I have had dizzyness and feeling sick for over 6months. Have been to ENT and they say my hearing is fine. Said not to bother with tablets etc as dont work. Thanks I felt like saying as for the last 2 years I have tried 6 different types, most mentioned on here. Today I am seeing the GP as still dont feel right, hoping can give me something new or advise if ginkgo could work. I am only 25 and have been tol it could be due to stress, which I think is a joke and a fob off.

  • Pls don’t use Dizzy and VERTIGO interchangeably. It’s like comparing papercut to amputation. Yes I know after the days of spinning stops, you are still dizzy. I get vertigo for about 5-10 days every 2-3 months. It is debilitating. Holding onto walls to try to walk. Last episode came after a fall/tinnitus. For all those docs and relatives that don’t get justHOW BAD BADit is, they should have only a 3 minute episode. Am going totry the ginko and magnesium. Also, after I’m over it, it’s like I have memory impairment for that period of time. After I fell, my back didnt start hurting until after over a Wk of vertigo.

  • Hi,i’v read the information abt natural treatment,i’m from southindian state,hyderabad.i don’t know where i get the above medcine n what i have to use those 4 medicine,i’ve been sufring frm vertigo since my childhood,i’m around 24,25 female..i’m sufring a lot i can’t explain.i visited so many doctors they noticed nthng in me,all m.r.i. N scan reports shows normal…i think it’s my inner ear problem bcs i have a ringing prb in my both ears..hope on god,i knw lord jesus helps me n u friends.i pray al of u dear friends who has been suffering…plz anyone give me information abt above medicine i’ll try it.. gd bles u all my friends.thanku so much all.

  • I am 62 years old and have had symptoms of imbalance for over 30 years. I have had times when it is mild, and times when I have had a muffled ear with severe imbalance/vertigo. All I know, is that it has really impacted my peace of mind, and has taken away my independence at times. It started after a stressful period of my life, and has made me highly anxious….as I’m sure most of you can relate. I have always had allergies, so I originally attributed this to the eustachian tube malfunctioning or swelling. I have lived on antihistamines all my life. I do think that they help, but do not entirely eradicate the dizziness. So far, I have found nothing that totally wipes the imbalance out. I, too have trouble with certain lighting, grocery shopping, motion, etc. I had to quit a job in the library because of it. On the positive side, I have raised two children, and had a successful marriage to a very patient, understanding man. I have managed, but always have had this condition underlying my life. I hope and pray everyone here can find a cure to this distressing condition. No one knows what we face each day. I have used Bonine (meclizine), and I think I may have tried Antivert, too. I guess they have worked to a degree. I gave up going to Dr.’s years ago because they never could figure out what was going on. I have to rely on God to help me through….so far he’s helped me press on. God bless everyone.

  • ihad vertigo in sept 2010 which only lasted a day and then came back with a vengancefour weeks ago .i was prescribed stemitil which has helped but now i cant bend my head to the left without going really dizzy .i am so scared to go back to doctors as i know he will send me to specalist and i am terrified of hospitals as i had breast cancer 12 years ago .anybody know if i leave it will it get better by itself thanks to you all

  • I have had 4 major episodes of vertigo over the last 10yrs. with each episode taking longer to get over. With this recent episode I too am afraid to drive at times and worried that it might not ever go away totally. So now I’m trying to figure this out like everyone else here and I too appreciate everyones feedback and ideas and knowing I’m not alone. I see an osteopath (similar to chiropractor) which helps. C1 & C2 in my neck are main agrivators since they become misaligned likely due to TmJ dysfunction and my job as dental hygienist staining my neck. I’m also hypoglycemic, have hx of Grave’s disease, fibromyagia, restless leg syndrome, osteopenia, adrenal fatigue, and going through perimenopause. I’m also prone to ear infections however since I quit using Q-tips have done much better. Because of being hypoglycemic I eat fairly clean. I try to stick to paleo diet as much as possible but probably tend to have too much dairy. So looking at what people have written and self-eval here’s what I think. Recently I quit taking mg supplement and I increased my dairy intake a lot! A lot of plain greek yogurt and cheese. I don’t eat sugar so for snacking I’ve been eating too much almond butter and nuts to take the place. I think Marlynn is on to something with the liver be overloaded. I also think after reading what Lynn posted about cal & mg bal makes since so looking at my diet since this recent episode I’ve increased my calcium intake and stopped my magnesium intake may have caused an imbalance with cal. levels which may cause the labryiths to break off in ear canal and cause bal problems. I also have low bp 90/50 sometimes lower so maybe I’m not getting adequate blood flow to my brain and maybe ginkgo will help. So I’m going to increase mg stop dairy as much as possible, definately cut back on fats like almond butter, take some ginkgo. I’m also going to see about liver cleanse. I hope it helps. I’ve been sleeping in recliner since it helps me not spin which is worse at night for me. I’m also going to see dr. about bioidentical hormones to see if that helps. Also I know I’m jumping around I remembered that on my mamogram and confirmed on mri that I had calcium deposits. I know I’ve read there is something to that with an imbalance of cal to mg ratio that we can get too much cal. that will deposit elsewhere in our bodies. Also, want to say that prayer helps especially keeping anxiety under control.

  • RE: Could it be B12? The B12 did not work for my vertigo. I took the B12 and my levels came up as indicated by a blood test, but the vertigo is still here. It may work for someone else, but not for me. I am going to try the vestibular therapy Marjorie mentioned above. Thanks for the suggestion Marjorie.

  • For the last 10 months felt dizzy, falling scared to death, then I kept googling found a web site for a physiotherapist who treats Vestibular thereapy when to see in Nov/10 was advised it was Labyrinthis lots of exercies but guess what it is working I can walk, not falling no dizzyiness give this a try check your p[hysiotherapisit in your area and see if they have been trained in Vestibular Therapy I am alive again (feel 85% better) good luck you can do it, I did!

  • Last Tuesday I was getting out of the bed and got a bout of dizziness didnt know what was happening to me. As I am recovering from a slip disc I dont know if this has to do with it. Went to the dr and he said that it was vertigo and precribed tablets to clear it up I am fine during the day and can get on with my work it is at nite when I lie down that I get very uneasy and when I go to turn my head that it seems to happened it takes me ages to get to sleep could be 3 and 4 am before i get to sleep due to this uneasy and light headness and floaty feeling.
    I never had anything like this before.

  • Two days back my younger brother aged 66years got an attack of Vertigo and fell down in the house.I checked his sugar and BP and found sugar to be on the lower side.Immediately I gave him a spoon of sugar and Choclate.This had no effect and I took him to our GP who diagonised it as Vertigo and prescribed Cinnarizine 25 mg twice a day and Multivitamin tablet Braingate-Gold once a day.After taking these medicines he became alright.After reading this article,I intend taking him to ENT specialist.

  • I also have vertigo and have had it for about five months. The first two months, it was funny to me (I’d never heard of vertigo at that point), I kept getting dizzy and losing my balance and joking with my co-workers and friends that it was the first day with my new feet. Now it’s not so funny. It is so severe and debilitating, I feel like I am going crazy. Some additional symptoms I have are hazy vision off and on like I need new glasses one minute but the next minute I am fine. Huge pressure headaches but without the ache part, just this enormous pressure bearing down. Ringing in the ears, I can hear 3 different pitches at the same time, and most of the time it doesn’t even seem like it’s in my ears, but in my head. There are some episodes where I really feel gravity, heavy and dense, like I can barely lift my legs to walk up the stairs. It feels like I am being pulled toward the earth and the best description is feeling gravity. At first the episodes were constant all the time high intensity. Last week or so it has been flipping on high intensity to off, no vertigo, to on again. It is so bizarre, awful and I hate it. List the others in the posts, you are a prisoner and you lose your independence. I have been reading and reading everything I can find on the internet. I stumbled across a book called, “Could it be B12?” and the author asserts one cause of vertigo could be a B12 deficiency. So I bought some B12, 5000 mg sublingual methlcobalamin (next best thing to shots) and am going to give it a try. Since it takes awhile to deplete in your system, it takes awhile to build up. I will keep you all posted if this works for me, because it may work for you too. Oh and my sister gets vertigo every spring with allergies, she takes an antihistamine and is fine. I tried it, but it didn’t work for me. Maybe it will work for someone else here.

  • Obviously there are different causes of vertigo depending on our individual weaknesses. I have studied Chinese Medicine some and have used acupuncture with much success. Chinese medicine talks about liver dysfunctions being related to vertigo or dizziness. For me it was the overeating of high-fat foods, which overtaxes the liver. Even though I usually eat healthy fats, I still over did it because I tend towards liver weakness. So, I’ve cut back on fats immediately and have already just within a couple days noticed a tremendous decrease in the vertigo. I think we live in a fat phobic society and don’t condone not eating fats. The important thing is that we eat healthy fats (avacado, coconut oil or milk, butter in moderation, olive oil, flax, chia seeds, etc). But it’s still important that I don’t overdue these fats. So I’m cutting back significantly for now and it’s helped already.
    If eating too much fat isn’t your thing then google ideas about other ways we can overtax the liver.
    I also think there is something to the getting enough magnesium, i.e., balancing our calcium intake with magnesium.
    All the best in health to all of you!

  • I have been reading a lot of the posts on here.. and I’m glad that I did because I thought I was the only one with this horrible problem! Just like a few of you said I literally just woke up with it all one morning.. the day before I was fine. I’ve been dealing with this for about 9 years, and all along doctors have been saying its my severe anxiety disorder.. but now I’m starting to think i have bppv and I want to get checked out for that. All I know is I want my life back.. I want to be able to work again and go into stores without having to leave after 2 minutes.. I hope for mine and everyone’s sake that there is a permanent cure for this horrible feeling and we can all be able to live life again without boundaries..

  • I have been taking ginkgo and doing that Cawthorne exercises (look them up and start slowly) for 5 mths now and having a huge decreasing of the vertigo symptoms. I just had to write because my heart goes out to anyone who is dealing with this and I promised myself if I found anything that helped at all I would post. I started both the ginkgo and the exercises the same day so I don’t know which is working the most but who cares… I will keep both up. Hope you all get relief.

  • I am a 26 year old female, who had my first vertigo episode back in April. I was off work for a week and then returned back to work feeling normal. Come August, I had another Vertigo attack and since then not a day has gone by that I don’t feel dizzy. I work at a computer all day and the dizziness was getting so bad that I had to go on a medical leave starting last week. I am thankful I qualify for short term disability, but it stresses me out and scares me that this dizzy feeling is never going to go away. Debbie, I too have been told it is in my head and think I am going crazy, but reading your story makes me realize I am not. I drink a lot of ginger ale, take gravol when I can, but that seems to be the only thing that has worked for me this far. My dizziness is similar to what Kenny describes, motion sickness. I also get vision changes when it is really bad. I feel for everyone who is experiencing this, as I am headed towards depression. I just want to feel normal again! I too am a prisoner in my own home. Scared to drive, scared to go anywhere, Grocery shopping is a challenge, seems anything I try to do makes me dizzy. I only feel okay at home watching tv or in my bed. It makes me feel better to know I am not the only one out there. Best wishes to everyone and thanks for sharing your tips.

  • I’m a 25 year old male that has had this boat feeeling for a month now. Mine is all day everyday with intense episodes a few times a day that come with intense pressure in bridge of my nose and head and eyes. I was wondering if anyone has had success with the options in this article?

  • Ive had my first attack in 2006… it lasted for a month, then I was normal again. Then I had my second attack last April 2010, it was totally disabling and I was not able to work, just stayed at home. After a month, I was partially mobile, got to report for work otherwise I will not have the means to support my life. Since May 2010 till now, Sept. 2010, there was no single day that I didn’t experience vertigo, sometimes 2x a day for at least an hour. It is totally frustrating. Blurred vission, lightheadedness and dizziness, those are the things I experience. I’ve undergone BRAINSTEM AUDITORY EVOKED RESPONSE TEST and VIDEONYSTAGMOGRAPHY TEST. Well the results showed that I have BPPV in the left ear. That’s it. NO CURE. JUST MANAGING THE SYMPTOMS, in my case the blurred vission, dizziness and lightheadeness…. that’s what the doc said to me. By the way, Ive been to four docs…. and that’s it. I CANT DRIVE. CANT DO THE USUAL THINGS I DO. SO HARD…

  • Lyn who mentioned waking up saturated, I have had 4 days of increasing vertigo to the point i finnally went a dr today, and these nights sweats, althought mine could b the start of menopause as im 45 now, also someone said does anyone feel it worse during menstral cycle, yes indeed and the night sweats are usually 3 or 4 days b4 i start. my blood pressure is fine i do have ringin in ears from damage long ago which is 10 times worse rite now, he said my ears r too clean, also i hav swelling in glands near ear he believes that plus sinus/hayfever rite now causen vertigo, but also im quite stressed this week, lastly i hav had bad upper spinal pain which he is sendin me for xrays and said i hav severe curviture causen pain, necks stiff need to c chiro soon as well, ty about herbs and natural stuff will b gettin the ginko today

  • Dizziness or light-headedness often not life threatening can lead to fatal injuries and accidents. Advances in natural vertigo treatments helps to alleviate your symptoms without depressing your nervous system or producing drowsiness. They are safe and do not cause dependence. The natural therapy kits (Biogetica) consist of time-tested resonance homeopathic, nutraceutical and biotechnology therapies. This integrated approach has shown wonderful results in most cases.

  • Docs didn’t define vertigo but after walking into walls, nauseous, dizzy, bending world realized needed to figure it out, quick. did tests>mri sed only thing showed was degradation in cervical spine. def inner ear issue as well as always feel like water in left ear, now both make crackling noises. LOVE ginko 4 blood flow so increasing to 120mg 2x a day. Also realize hydration issue so increasing fresh coconut water intake as preventative, see if that helps (def crave it & fresh watermelon/fruit when in the midst of a bout & it helps w/ symptoms). anyone try homeopathics?

  • now i know i am not going mad … like my doctors think i am , i have been suffering from constant dizziness ,presure in my head, disturbed vision, light headedness and feeling confused for 3 years now, i just woke up with it all one morning, i have had blood tests and c.t scans and my ears checked and the doc’s can’t find anything 🙁 i now have got to the point were i dont feel like living anymore but i will carry on with this torture for the sake off my children, doctors have totaly given up on me were everything comes back as normal and the are basicaly saying now that it is all in my head… having found this site i feel so releaved that there are other people out there with the same as me as i was starting to believe the doc’s…… wishing everyone all the best in this never ending quest to find out the true reason for this dizziness and one day a CURE XX

  • Jackie senior how are you with the Cooksey Cawthorne exercises I have ms and I have been doing them since 12th March and feeling better very slowly. Then last night did the Brandt Daroff exercise and had a terrible spin. Now feel scared to do them.

  • Jackie senior how are you with the Cooksey Cawthorne exercises I have ms and I have been doing them since 12th March and feeling better very slowly. Then last night did the Brandt Daroff exercise and had a terrible spin. Now feel scared to do them.

  • I’ve had vertigo for more than five years. It settled after 6 months but I was left with permanent balance problems and walk with a stick most days. I have a number of other complaints including Diabetes Insipidus, Coeliac and Pernicious anaemia. I’m sure the undiagnosed lack of B12 didn’t help as it left me with nerve damage. On top of the tinnitus and balance problems I’ve had many lesser attacks of the years but severely and continuously throughout the last twelve months. I’m fed up watching the elderly get around quicker then me. I take both Serc and Stugeron, but they help very little. Waiting to see yet another ENT specialist. This is not caused by stress or anxiety but an inner ear problem.

  • Hi. I suffer with virtigo every 6 minths, mild though. my head sways and I feel sick. all I want to do is go to bed, but like many, I can’t. I am 35 and I was told I am very young to have it.

  • I have had dizziness, off and on, for 3 years now. I have been to my family doctor each time it recurs. He has referred me to a specialist. The large piece of advice I got out of that : reduce my salt and caffeine intake !! Which I did.
    I have also visited with a person trained in treating dizziness, ie, via epley and semont manouevers. The treatments did help, and the first time the symptoms completely went away for over a year.
    I force myself to remain mobile. Lots of times doing simple tasks at work tire me out , so that by the end of the day I am totally exhausted !
    The point of all this ?
    I am tired of hearing the word ‘benign’
    Yes I know it is called : bppv. Yes I know it is non life threatening. But,
    is there any one out there in the medical/research field who will take this seriously !! and, hopefully, work towards finding a relief/cure . Yes, it is not life threatening, BUT, it is LifeStyle threatening. What do you call it when a person cannot work because of it; or is afraid to even leave home for fear of falling down !!
    come on. someone.

  • I’m certain vertigo like most illnesses is casued from anxiety. My chiropractor told me 30 patients (men and women) recently told him they got vertigo for first time and I attribute this to current world stress and earthquakes. He’s been in business 30 yrs and it’s first time he’s heard so many reporting such a thing at once.
    Mine started 4 yrs ago and each 4 episodes were during a stressful time in my life.

  • It’s amazing to see how many people are going through the same thing as I am. I have had problems with my left ear for about 6 years, just ringing and fluctuation in hearing and then this Jan. I ended up with a sinus infection that turned into dizziness and I’ve been off work for 2 months now. My head feels weird 24/7, I have mild dizziness and constant unsteadiness and at times feel like I’m floating. I’ve had MRIs, ENGs, EEG, and tons of blood work, and everything comes back normal. It’s so frustrating, I can’t drive, go anywhere by myself, even the grocery store is overwhelming. I too am a prisoner. I just want my life back. I hope some of these remedies work! I’m willing to try anything. Prayers and thoughts to you all.

  • Thanks to everyone for sharing. It did my heart good to read that what I’ve been experiencing, is understood by others. I was diagnosed with vertigo in March, 2010, after having my first “attack.” Looking back, I also, believe I had it long before this, only a much more tame version. Dr.s prescribed meclizine HCL,25mg once a day or as needed. This works to relieve the nausea, and a tad of the dizziness. Smoking pot also relieves the nausea, as well as anxiety. Someone recommended using a walker when the attack is a bad one. I don’t think that would work very well. It’s hard to explain what it’s like to perceive the world while trying to constantly rebalance one’s body, and restablize one’s mind. I force myself to walk most everyday to get the exercize I need. It takes a lot of concentration to walk without meandering all over the sidewalk. Good luck to everyone.

  • I have just been diagnosed with Vertigo last Tuesday. It seems to me that I may have had it longer than I thought. I have had the dizziness feeling off and on for about 6 months now. But that last two weeks have been the worse. I too have the ringing in my ears but I figured that was from my hearing loss…My doctor prescribed me Valium which has lessended the effects a little bit but I’m still sick at night. I have been stuck in my home for the last two weeks and I have two small children. It may also be worth mentioning that I am deaf and have nerve deafness (was born that way). I am scared that I’m not ever going to be normal. I am supposed to go back to the Dr in two weeks so we can see if it’s still severe or not and then see what the cause of it may be. I have a job and I haven’t been able to go to my job, I haven’t been able to do anything really. The Gingko is something that I tried to take and it helps a little but my Dr. told me it’s not proven to help with Vertigo. I don’t know all I know is that I want to be normal again.

  • I have ms and suffer with vertigo, I am due to start doing Cawthorne cooksey excercises, they are brain excercises that retrain the brain and I am told they are really good, I live in hope that they work, as I am housebound with the vertigo, for most of the time.

  • I have had vertigo on and off for five years but since january i have had it realy bad I feel useless i have four children and worry about caring for them im scared to go out alone incase i cant get home i wish people would understand the mental implications of this cruel illness

  • I have suffered from Virtigo for the last 6 years, always in the summer when it is high humidity, and hot. I also suffer from chronic anxiety which the doc seems to think brings virtigo on if I am particularly suffering with hign anxiety. Am at the moment about a week and a half in a virtigo attack, take stemetel, but am real interested in the ginko so off to the chemist for me. Even though I do not wish this affliction on anyone… it is good I am not alone.

  • I am only 32 and I have had vertigo 5 yrs and tinnutus.. pls does any one know if you can take both Ginko bilboba and cinnezine together????

  • I have only just been diagnosed with Vertigo a few days ago and have been prescribed Stemetil, which I don’t think is really helping me at all. I’m able to walk outside, but as soon as I go into a shop or I’m at home, my symptoms seem much worse, maybe lighting? I am very cold, paticularly my hands and feet, but twice recently I have woken in the night and I have been soaked in sweat… I am too young for it to be menapause and I don’t feel hot, just soaked. Did anyone else read the suggestion that an acid system could be a cause and that inceasing magnesium can be beneficial? The person suggested that inceasing yogurt (calcium) was the cause of the incease in acid in her system and also depleted magnesium levels. I can identify with that, as I have also got a Severe Candida Infection and had increased the amount of probiotic yogurts I am eating, I also take a calcium suppliment as well as using Soya milk and taking cows milk in my many, daily cups of tea. I also suffer from Firbomyalgia which I had thought was causing my problems, I’m trying to find natural ways to contol all of my challenges, but I’m getting very confused! I am going to reduce the amound of calcium that I eat and incease the magnesium I eat too, will let you know if it works for me.

  • Wow, I am not alone. I have had vertigo for 5 months now. I also started out with nausea, vomitting, spinning and holding onto the headboard. My gp wanted to put me in the hospital with pills to stop the vomitting. He prescriped Meclizine Hydrochoride 25 mg twice day as well by my neurologist. She had stronger pills to take, prescription if I so desired. My cause is the inner ear, calcium deposits floating, and fluid retention that will not drain. After a waiting period of X amount of time they wish to do surgery, but earring loss it a worry. Today, I have started trying Ginko Biloba, but research says not to take it if there is a history of seizures. I have had seizures for 2 1/2 years and on medication. So this is a strong concern. Research herbs before you take. I am also trying the new “Quietus”, homepathic,for tinnitus and vertigo. It is exspensive! Please bolg more, so I can respond to you.

  • I have vertigo and the chiropractor does help a little, but it can go either way depending on the adjustment. I swear mine gets started because I have such bad sinuses. My doc gave me clonazapam (clonepan) and that does help if taken early. I’m definitely going to try the ginko biloba. I have 2 young kids and it’s a horrible feeling not to be able to help them when I’m like this. good luck all.

  • @ alex, yes i do feel sweaty & cold whenever my vertigo attacks. sometimes it is also paired with high blood pressure & palpitation.

    i’ve had this for a year now… and just like everyone else here, i feel like i’ve been jailed at my own home. i also want my active life back. i wishing everyone here to be well. i hope we all get proper treatment soon.

    i’ve taken different medicines like serc, stugeron, and even anti-anxiety meds like alprazolam. but nothing really cured me.

    my neurologist prescribed me piracetam yesterday. im trying to do some research on the medicine before taking it, that’s why i stumbled upon this page. i hope piracetam will work.

  • @ alex, yes i do feel sweaty & cold whenever my vertigo attacks. sometimes it is also paired with high blood pressure & palpitation.

    i’ve had this for a year now… and just like everyone else here, i feel like i’ve been jailed at my own home. i also want my active life back. i wishing everyone here to be well. i hope we all get proper treatment soon.

    i’ve taken different medicines like serc, stugeron, and even anti-anxiety meds like alprazolam. but nothing really cured me.

    my neurologist prescribed me piracetam yesterday. im trying to do some research on the medicine before taking it, that’s why i stumbled upon this page. i hope piracetam will work.

  • Alex a bout of sweaty or cold when you get it could be to do with your neck vertebra. You can get injections at the pain clinic to block it. It is worth asking for a referal. I have had sweats and palpitations and nause and vertigo at varying times and had the injections. Hope this helps.

  • I suffered from vertigo a few years back; well thats what my doctor said it was, the medication did work but I think its starting to come back! I’m just wondering does anyone out there feel sweaty or cold when they have a bout of it

  • Hi there, I have had vertigo for about 8 months. I went to physical therapy for a few weeks, and the eye exercise they gave me to do did help a little bit. But here I am 8 months later dealing with it again. It really has affected my physical as well as mental being. I am tired a lot, and just don’t feel very insecure. I don’t know why, but this vertigo has me feeling this way. I have not followed up with the doc since it has returned. I guess I feel it’s a waste of time and money. I feel for everyone here, because it is an awful thing. I am 42, and should be full of energy and able to enjoy life. Not the case so much. Exercise does help. I think that is the only time I feel good. Thank you all for the information. I will definitely check all of this out, to see which one works for me. It’s funny that someone mentioned chiropractor, because my neck has definitely gotten stiffer because of vertigo. I feel like my shoulders are touching my ears sometimes. Good luck to everyone

  • My husband has just healed from sinusitis infection. Now he has this same dizziness. Pastor once had it and went to Ear, Nose and Throat doctor and got fixed. Not really a big deal they said. He had to be still for 48 hrs… and be taken to bathroom, and it was over. She’s doing great now. Praying for all for healing.

  • I also am a 2 year vertigo vetran. I have had all the tests and still nothing. Meclazine makes me sleepy and really doesn’t help. Valium, (low dose) helps but not great. Like the rest of you, I would love to have my life back. I drive, but I know sometimes I shouldn’t. I am going to try some of these home remedies. I will get back to everyone and tell you what happens.

  • I had an attack of vertigo last year and ended up A&E [ER if you are in the states].They ran all the tests and scans but still couldn’t say what was happing to me. It passed 3 weeks later. It started back up 3 months ago again making life very hard. I went to a Chinese doctor who said it was stress in my back traveling up too my head causing it. So I had acupuncture and it gave me some relief after the second time. I have also taken some medicinal herbs and stopped smoking and drinking. I feel much better now.

  • i been suffering from vertigo for 13 years and i can still get no answers from the doc. i can drive .all i want is my life back i have 2 take care of my 2 girls they need me rigth>

  • Hello all
    Im suffering with Vertigo and have done for about 2 years now. I have had brain surgury and it may be a result of this. However, I have notice that my attacks seem to be worse around the time of my period. I can go for about 8 weeks without an attack but boy when I get one they are shocking. I have a constant hissing in my left ear which can sometimes feel a bit blocked. Im on Prochlorperizine which does help a little. Im going to see my G.P with a list of all that you all take and see what he says. But Im definatley going to give the Ginko a go. So fingers cross.

  • About a month ago I came down with sever vertigo – dizziness, nausea, vomiting. My doctor perscibed an over the counter medicine called Meclizine HCL, 25 mg. It took care of it immediately. It basically numbs some nerves leaving the inner ear and takes away almost all of the vertigo symptons. There is probably a crystal of calcium or protein in my ear canal, and while it works its way out, the meclizine takes care of my symtoms, which now occur once a week or so. As soon as I feel the vertigo coming on, I chew a tablet. It works in about 15 minutes.

  • I have been told my problem is due to blood pressure. I have been suffering attacks for a number of years and it make me wary of being too far from home or going on holiday. My mum suffers also and it makes me concerned for my one year old daughter.

  • I suffer from chronic ear infections and with it comes vertigo – severe vertigo. My advice to people with vertigo is to treat it like an ear infection, if your ears feel plugged, or you feel any pressure in your ears at all you may have a slight ear infection. Also chiropractic treatments do help a ton, as vertigo can be caused from a misalignment in the spine which causes a stiff neck, ergo vertigo. I hope this helps someone. 🙂

  • I too have suffered from vertigo for nine years. Each year the attacks get more severe and last longer. I have had hearing tests, MRI, physical therapy treatments, and blood test done. No one can say for sure what the cause is – My doctors are considering Meniere’s and Benign Positional Vertigo. I am totally frustrated and no longer care about the cause – I just want relief – and like everyone else I want my life back. I would be interested in an on-line support group if anyone knows of one.

  • I been having vertigo for 5 days. Today my husband took me to the ER, to check my ears. They said I have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. The Doctor did some exercises on a massage table. He said that I needed to pass the calcium stone that is inside my ear. He said once I passed it, it will be ok. I did call my own doctor to have her check my blood count, to see if there is an infection anywhere. It could be inside the inner ear. I hope this will help anyone.

  • Hi All – My heart goes out to everyone experiening dizziness/vertigo. I woke up nearly four weeks ago with severe vertigo and nausia. Tried various meds and no joy. Nausea settled, but left with head positional dizziness. I was diagnosed with Labyrinthitis. This can vary from person to person. I have done much research and there’s a lot of varying disorders. I found a fab web site if anyone is interested labyrinthitis.org.uk with a good support group. I have started taking Black Elderberry Extract for immune boosting properties and today I’m starting Gingko (120mg initially not 240mg) – just beware of the side effects (these can be found on a good web encyclopeadia if you put name in search engine). I also have been isolated at home and climbing the walls. Miss my life and that’s only 4 weeks…some have it years! Cruelty to humans I call it. Best wishes.
    Allysha – your mum needs a full med check as that sounds quite complex to me. Must be something they can do or at least diagnose? Good luck

  • Hi, my mum has been suffering from vertigo for a while, and we are due to fly soon (27th of June 09) and i was wondering if anybody knows anything to make sure that she doesn’t have an episode on the plane. She is really worried about this and so am i. please if you know of anything, please say. Thank you

  • Thank yo for sharing.I too have been suffering from vertigo for a while .Along with the ringing in my left ear. It stinks! I feel the post part of this chronic condition is I never know when I will have an episode.Its scarey! I will try some of these home treatments Hope we all can recover from this.

  • Thanks so much for this info .I too have been suffering from vertigo for several yrs.The worst part is I never know when I will hav e a episode .I missed a lot of time from work and several social events and have had to cancel and plans I may have. I will try some of this home treatments .Hope this works for all of us.

  • I had vertigo 6 six years ago and did not get treatment at the time because I wasn’t able to leave the house and was terrified it was something much worse, it cleared after about a week and a half and I got checked out afterwards and confirmed it was vertigo. It came back about a week ago but I’m currently 22 weeks pregnant. My GP has put me on prochlorperazine maleate but after looking into it I’m not happy about using it while pregnant,although I have noticed some improvement and have not got as bad as last time! Will definitely consider a herbal remedy as alternative for now.

  • Noticed your comments about Gingko Biloba. I stopped taking it about 18 months ago. This week I had the worst attack of vertigo I have ever had. I didn’t realise that Gingko Biloba can help. I’ll get some tomorrow and pray that it works.

  • Noticed your comments about Gingko Biloba. I stopped taking it about 18 months ago. This week I had the worst attack of vertigo I have ever had. I didn’t realise that Gingko Biloba can help. I’ll get some tomorrow and pray that it works.

  • I have had vertigo for five years and every year it gets worse. I am so tired for doctors telling me they don’t know why it is happening and taking medication that impairs me more than the vertigo itself. I still do things on my own like driving, but I know it is not safe. I have severe episodes too often. I’m going to try some natural treatments and see if that makes a difference. Thank you for the information and it is nice to know there are other people out there with the same frustrating problem. Good luck to all!

  • Couple years back I would get these spins not knowing what it was. This year it hit me like a ton of bricks! And it lasted a week and half. Today it’s back and I’m so frustrated. Doctors not sure what it is and all this research I’m doing tells me either it will be prolonged and I wll suffer without knowing the cause or pray that it disappears. I am gonna try these remedies and see what happens.

  • Couple years back I would get these spins not knowing what it was. This year it hit like a ton of bricks! And it lasted week and half. I crying scared it wouldn’t go. Today it’s back and I’m so frustrated. Doctors not sure and all this research I’m doing tells me either will prolong and suffer without knowing causes or pray that it disappears. Gonna try remedies and see what happens.

  • Couple years back I would get these spins not knowing what it was. This year it hit like a ton of bricks! And it lasted week and half. I crying scared it wouldn’t go. Today it’s back and I’m so frustrated. Doctors not sure and all this research I’m doing tells me either will prolong and suffer without knowing causes or pray that it disappears. Gonna try remedies and see what happens.

  • I have been suffering with vertigo for just over two years, I feel so lonely, its as much as I can to leave the house, some days I feel so ill, the doctors couldn’t give a stuff they look at me as if to say its all in my head, I struggle to do my job on fear my attack will drop me to the floor with sweats, nausea, then coldness and then I carn’t do anything for at least a week, its totally disabling, I was once a very active person never keeping still, I just feel this will never leave me.

  • I have been suffering from vertigo for so long I can remember. I am a prisoner in my own home. I go to work but my husband drives with me. When I’m am at work I don’t function well unless I’m sitting down. All I want to do is lie in bed when I’m home because I feel better there. I can’t live like this. I need help. The doctors say that there is nothing they can do for me. I’m at wits end.

  • Thank you..i might try one of this..just like what pauline stiff said..i am also a prisoner in my own home. To think that i can no longer go out to the malls, do some groceries it’s total life changing. I’m going to post your link on my blog to help others as well. thanks!

  • Your site has given me hope that one day I may get better. I am a prisoner in my own home with vertigo which I have had for over 3 years. The hospital and my gp have discharged me concerning my condition as they do not know why I have it, so I have been left to get on with it.

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