What is vertigo

Menière's disease (seizure-like vertigo)

Attack-like vertigo is also called vertigo during attacks. It is a form of vertigo that sets in acutely from one moment to the next and often lasts for minutes to hours. During the dizzy spell, there is a strong feeling of spinning, which is often associated with nausea. There is also a pronounced tendency to fall.

The cause of this form of dizziness can be, among other things, the so-called Menière's disease (Menière's disease). Here, the formation of the lymph fluid in the inner ear, the endolymph, is too pronounced. Lymph congestion occurs and, as a result, there is overpressure in the inner ear. This leads to the tearing of the fine membranes that separate the various spaces of the inner ear from one another. The cracks can cause sudden shifts of fluids in the inner ear, which are then passed on to the brain as false reports. In Menière's disease, hearing loss often sets in during attacks of dizziness, which can last for hours or days. Other signs include ringing in the ears (tinnitus), sweating, vomiting and pressure on the diseased ear, and twitching of the eye on the affected side. Menière's disease usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 60. Women are more often affected than men. Medical advice and treatment should not be dispensed with due to the high level of suffering and possible complications.

Seizures of dizziness, especially those that recur regularly, are an enormous psychological burden for those affected. After all, the complaints represent a great threat, which is often associated with fear of death and almost always with the feeling of helplessness. The quality of life is accordingly severely impaired. For this reason, it can make sense to seek psychotherapeutic help in conjunction with any drug treatment that may be required.

Vertigo diseases such as Menière's disease can lead to persistent hearing loss or even deafness. In addition, dizziness is dangerous - especially for older people. Countless falls and the resulting broken bones are due to dizziness.

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