What is Vertigo

Vertigo means that you feel like you are moving when you are not. Vertigo can also make you feel like things around you are moving when they are not. This feeling can come and go at any time. Vertigo often goes away on its own.

Follow these instructions at home:

  • Avoid making fast movements.
  • Avoid driving.
  • Avoid using heavy machinery.
  • Avoid doing any task or activity that might cause danger to you or other people if you would have a vertigo attack while you are doing it.
  • Sit down right away if you feel dizzy or have trouble with your balance.
  • Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your doctor.
  • Follow instructions from your doctor about which positions or movements you should avoid.
  • Drink enough fluid to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.
  • Keep all follow-up visits as told by your doctor. This is important.

Contact a doctor if:

  • Medicine does not help your vertigo.
  • You have a fever.
  • Your problems get worse or you have new symptoms.
  • Your family or friends see changes in your behavior.
  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or you throw up (vomit).
  • You have a “pins and needles” feeling or you are numb in part of your body.

Get help right away if:

  • You have trouble moving or talking.
  • You are always dizzy.
  • You pass out (faint).
  • You get very bad headaches.
  • You feel weak or have trouble using your hands, arms, or legs.
  • You have changes in your hearing.
  • You have changes in your seeing (vision).
  • You get a stiff neck.
  • Bright light starts to bother you.

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