Dizziness and Vertigo Treatment Questions and Answers
Are you looking for an urgent care clinic that can help you find your footing after dealing with dizziness and vertigo? We would love to help at Physicians Now Urgent Care! Call us today or come to 15215 Shady Grove Road in Rockville, MD, for a walk-in appointment. We serve patients from Rockville MD, Norbeck MD, Redland MD, Travilah MD, Potomac MD, and Aspen Hill.
When dizziness comes upon you without moving a muscle, it can seem like your body and the physical world are playing a trick on you! However, vertigo causes you to feel, it is always a highly disorienting experience. Here at Physicians Now Urgent Care, our board-certified doctors have extensive experience and skill in providing high-quality dizziness and vertigo treatment so that you do not have to distrust the ground beneath your feet!
Does dizziness cause vertigo?
Dizziness is not the cause of vertigo but is rather a common symptom of vertigo. The cause of vertigo typically has to do with problems in the inner ear that are related to balance. Specifically, the experience of vertigo can be caused by vestibular neuritis, which is a viral infection of the vestibular nerve in the inner ear, Meniere’s disease, wherein there is an excessive buildup of fluid in the inner ear, migraines, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo and is characterized by the feeling that either you are spinning or the inside of your head is spinning. Consequently, dizziness is commonly associated with the experience of vertigo.
What is the difference between dizziness and vertigo?
While vertigo and dizziness are often spoken of in the same sentence (including this one!), they are not interchangeable. For one, although vertigo often causes dizziness, it is also associated with several other symptoms, such as increased sweating, horizontal nystagmus, imbalance and unsteadiness, nausea, and vomiting. Moreover, dizziness can be caused by various other conditions or states, including motion sickness, poor blood circulation or a sudden drop in blood pressure, anxiety disorders, dehydration, low blood sugar or iron levels, neurological conditions, and various medications.
However, there is also a further difference between vertigo and dizziness. Whereas dizziness broadly refers to the feeling of being off-balance within a specific space, vertigo is often experienced distinctly as a kind of spinning, either with your surroundings or within yourself, without any actual movement causing the feeling. Vertigo occurs when you are standing still, while dizziness often results from specific movements that cause you to feel off balance.
How long does the dizziness last with vertigo?
The duration of vertigo episodes varies with each person and episode. As such, the dizzying feeling of vertigo can last anywhere from seconds to minutes to days, depending on what is causing vertigo, if the individual has previously experienced a stroke, head injury, or neck injury, and if the individual has certain underlying conditions.
When should I worry about vertigo?
If you are experiencing symptoms of vertigo for the first time, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor or come to an urgent care clinic to see a doctor who can examine your symptoms, determine what the underlying cause of your vertigo is, and provide any necessary treatment. While vertigo is not a dangerous illness in and of itself, you should be concerned about vertigo if it is frequently causing you to fall, injure yourself, or put others at risk while driving.
You should also seek immediate medical care if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms along with vertigo:
- Arm or leg weakness, causing you to fall or have difficulty walking
- Blindness or double vision
- Difficulty speaking
- Hearing loss
- Loss of consciousness
- Numbness or tingling
- Sudden, severe, and unusual headache
For effective dizziness and vertigo treatment, we invite you to come to Physicians Now Urgent Care in Rockville, Maryland! Please feel free to come to 15215 Shady Grove Road in Rockville, MD, for a walk-in appointment anytime between the hours of 8AM-6PM from Monday to Friday or from 9AM-5PM on Saturday and Sunday.