Vertigo / Dizziness / Giddiness / Lightheadedness

Homeopathic treatment

Vertigo is a symptom rather than a disease. To treat it permanently a physician needs to treat the disease causing it.

In our everyday lives, we almost take it for granted that the balance or equilibrium is being maintained within our bodies. People who have disturbed balancing power or equilibrium are the ones who cannot walk, stand or sometimes even sit properly.

To go out of our home might be pleasurable for most of us but it is very distressing for people who are suffering with vertigo. Their life is made miserable by nausea, vomiting, difficulty in standing, walking and so on. Fortunately homeopathy can help!

Let us first discuss the conventional or allopathic treatment available and side effects associated.

  • Meclizine hydrochloride (Antivert) : It is an anti histamine medicine. Side effects include drowsiness, dry mouth.
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) : It is commonly prescribed. Side effects include drowsiness, headache, loss of appetite, stomach upset, vision changes, irritability and dry mouth and nose.
  • Promethazine hydrochloride (Phenergan) : It is anti histamine prescribed frequently. Side effects include blurred vision, drowsiness, dry mouth, increased or decreased blood pressure, nausea, rash, sedation, vomiting.
  • Diazepam (Valium) : Side effects include drowsiness, fatigue, constipation, blurred vision, or headache may occur.

In homeopathy the treatment of vertigo is directed towards treating the underlying cause of the condition. The causes like BPPV, chronic otitis media, trauma, migraine, labyrinthitis and so on can be effectively taken care by treatment. In drug induced vertigo homeopathy has marvelous results. It will help the patient leave the other medicines he or she is on as homeopathic medicines are prescribed after a complete case taking addressing all the complaints of the patient.

Most of the vertigo patients who come to me are usually already on allopathic drugs but are still suffering from vertigo.

In my long clinical practice what I have seen is that homeopathy helps the patient to slowly taper off the allopathic medicines which are usually associated with serious side effects if taken for prolong periods.

The results are fantastic and homeopathy rarely fails in a case of vertigo. To start with the treatment helps in reducing the intensity and frequency of attacks and slowly but steadily the problem is totally annihilated.

Even though nobody thinks of homeopathy in acute cases of vertigo, but I have seen miraculous results in such cases. Remedies usually cure the condition rather than controlling it temporarily. 

There are 618 medicines which give great relief in vertigo. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the doctor.

The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus remedies are bespoke unlike allopathy in which all patients receive the same drugs although trade name may be different.

Thus, in my opinion homeopathy is strongly recommended for all cases of vertigo.

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What is vertigo / dizziness / giddiness / lightheadedness

Vertigo is a feeling that you are dizzily turning around or that things are dizzily turning about you. It is a result of a disturbance of equilibrium. It is usually a result of a disturbance of equilibrium which is actually controlled by our inner ear. Some people may also describe it as dizziness, light-headedness, giddiness and so on. It is usually made worse by moving the head, changing position, and turning while lying down.

Vertigo makes trying to move difficult because of a loss of balance, as well as the nausea and vomiting that often accompany it.

Attacks can confine people to their homes and even to their beds. An acute attack can start very suddenly and last from a few minutes to as long as 12 o 24 hours.

More than 40 percent of Americans will seek medical assistance for dizziness at some point during their lives. Experiences with dizziness increase with age. Among people aged 75 or older, dizziness is the most common reason for visiting.

Causes

Vertigo usually occurs when there's a problem with the inner ear balance mechanisms, or with the brain, or with the nerve connections between the brain and the middle ear.

Possible causes include:

  • Injury: A fracture of the skull which injures or, in any way, harms one’s inner ear creates an intense and debilitating vertigo. This may lead to hearing loss.
  • Infections: Germs, viruses, bacilli like those that cause a common "cold" or "influenza," could also assault one’s inner ear as well as its nerve connections to one’s brain. This could also be cause of acute vertigo. However, in such cases, hearing is generally spared, for example, labyrinthitis, chronic otitis media.
  • Neurological diseases: Quite a lot of ailments of the nerves are liable to affect balance. These include multiple sclerosis, syphilis, tumors, so on and so forth.
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): The unusual response to head movements by the semicircular canal can give patients vertigo symptoms. BPPV most commonly occurs in elderly patients. A blow to the head can cause BPPV; even a minor blow. BPPV can also be caused by disorders that damage the inner ear, infection, ear surgery damage, or if the patient has been lying on his / her back for too long.
  • Meniere's disease: Dysfunction of the semi-circular canals (endolymphatic sac) in the inner ear. Patients experience recurrent vertigo, as well as tinnitus and loss of hearing in the affected ear, abnormal eye movements, nausea, and vomiting. People with Meniere's disease usually find that the tinnitus gets worse over time. Hearing loss may start off as intermittent, but gradually progresses until it becomes permanent.
  • Dehydration: Dehydration may lead to feelings of lightheadedness, dizziness, and / or vertigo, especially when changing positions. This symptom is due to a drop in blood pressure.
  • Migraine: Migraine, a severe form of headache, may also cause vertigo. The vertigo is usually followed by a headache. There is often a prior history of similar episodes but no lasting problems.
  • Some medications: Salicylates, quinine, and aminoglycosides may sometimes cause vertigo.
  • Acoustic neuroma: A benign (non-cancerous) tumor that develops on the acoustic nerve of the inner ear; this nerve is involved in helping us balance. Patients who do experience vertigo usually have mild symptoms.
  • Boat, airplane, car travel (motion sickness): Some people experience vertigo during and / or after a plane, boat, or even a car trip. This may last from a few minutes, hours to a couple of days.

Diagnosis

The evaluation consists primarily of a medical history and physical examination.

To make an accurate diagnosis of vertigo, a physician should know the following:

  • What symptoms you have,
  • How often they occur (frequency),
  • How long they usually last for (duration).

The doctor may perform tests such as a CT scan if a brain injury is suspected to be the cause.

Blood tests to check blood sugar levels and the use of an electrocardiogram (ECG) to look at heart rhythm may also be helpful.

Other tests include:

  • Ear x-ray
  • Hearing tests
  • Balance tests

Symptoms

The symptoms can vary in severity and may include:

  • the sensation that your surroundings are moving or spinning,
  • loss of balance,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • lightheadedness,
  • difficulty in standing, and
  • difficulty in walking.

Prevention

  • People whose balance is affected should take precautions to prevent injuries from falls.
  • Those with risk factors for stroke should control their high blood pressure and high cholesterol and stop smoking.
  • Patients with Meniere's disease should limit salt in their diet.

*Hello Dr. Rohit my age is 52 years now; since last 15 years I am suffering from vertigo. Here doctors in NY have diagnosed me with BPPV. Because of dizziness I am not able to even walk properly. I have lost my confidence and feel as if I would fall. Also i have whistiling in my ears all the time. My vertigo increases with anxiety. Also I am anxious most of the times. I also have high BP and hypothyroidism for which I am taking allopathic medicines. I can not stand hot weather and it makes all my complaints worse. Also I have acanthosis nigrican on my neck region. Please help me as I am sick of taking strong allopathic medicines with very temporary results.

After 2 months of treatment: Dear Dr. Rohit I am much better now; I would say almost 80% relief is there. I am totally confident walking around and is able to discharge my duties properly. Even my family is noticing the positive change in me. My anxiety is totally gone.. Also I have been able to reduce my thyroxine from 75 mcg to 50 mcg as TSH levels have dramatically reduced. Thank you very much. God bless you.

- Ms. Arvinder Kaur

Rochester, NY, USA

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Cervical spondylosis with vertigo

Anil Punjabi
Dec 20, 2016 10:40 am Reply

Sir i have symtoms of meniere's desease since 2011.I feel fullness ,heavyness,whistling in my right ear and audiobility is less.my strokes are reduceses after treatment but heavyness and fullness is as it is.after 2011 i feel minor strokes continue in june 2016 and fullness in my right ear. I kindly request you please tell me whether there is any cure for ear fullness and heavyness.kindly reply

Karamveer Singh
Jul 11, 2016 11:24 pm Reply

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