Vertigo can be nasty to live with. It’s an affliction that creates the illusion of movement in its sufferers. The official name is “Meniere’s disease,” and “vertigo” is more of an umbrella term. It’s used to describe many of Meniere’s standalone symptoms.
That means people with Meniere’s are prone to dizziness and disorientation. They succumb to a feeling that the world around them isn’t stationary. It’s often the result of poor inner-ear balance, though there are other causes.
The cause of Meniére’s Disease remains unclear in Western medicine. Theories claim the condition results from under absorption or overproduction of endolymph. The same theories allege that the membranous labyrinth becomes filled with endolymph. The effect: stimulation of receptors during body movement. Meniére’s Disease has limitations in the number of medical therapies.
Do you ever feel like you are spinning in circles even when you are on solid ground? Or the feeling of pressure building behind your ears, often to the point that it affects your hearing? You might have Meniere’s Disease. This disorder causes intense feelings of vertigo. This causes the feeling that the world is tilting and swaying around you.
Let’s first begin with the question: what is vertigo? Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 movie “Vertigo” is the first thing that comes to mind for many of us. It’s a film about a private investigator with acrophobia, a pathological fear of heights.
Patients will feel a “dizzying sensation” when the condition effects them. It can also feel like “tilting within stable surroundings” according to Dictionary.com. Vertigo causes vary greatly from person to person. They range from problems with the inner ear to food allergies.