What Are The Most Common Vertigo Signs And Symptoms?

Vertigo Signs And Symptoms

Everyone at some point in life has experienced spinning sensations which creates hindrance in daily life. When a person experiences spinning dizziness where the nearby surroundings seem to spin around or the person may experience he is spinning himself, which in reality is still, it is termed as vertigo.

Vertigo (chakkar aana) is a common problem that can happen at any age but is commonly found in people over the age of 65 years. Firstly, you must understand vertigo is not a disease or problem itself, but a symptom of various ailments. Infection or injury in the inner ear, head injury, problem in sensory nerve pathways are some of the most common vertigo causes that lead to such a situation in a patient.

A chronic vertigo condition may make it difficult for a person to live with such a condition and accomplish daily chores, leading to depression and anxiety. If a person starts experiencing vertigo symptoms regularly, consulting an expert neurologist is recommended in such cases, to get your vertigo cause diagnosed to get the right vertigo treatment.  It is not always the case, sometimes bouts of vertigo are temporary and resolve over time with certain alterations in lifestyle habits and vertigo home remedies.

Persistent vertigo limits the person’s daily activities while affecting mental health. If a person is experiencing repeated episodes of vertigo and the condition seems to deteroid, carrying out daily activities and official works seem impossible. Practicing some vertigo home remedies along with certain vertigo treatments prescribed by doctors helps in combating the issue. A neurologist may recommend you with certain vertigo exercises that can be practiced at home after getting the proper guidance along with vertigo medicines as a vertigo treatment, to ease the issue and alleviate vertigo symptoms as soon as possible. Other than head and ear injury or infection and problems in nerve pathways, vertigo can be caused due to motion sickness, vestibular migraine, vestibular neuritis, Meniere’s disease and so on.

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One of the most common and prevalent vertigo causes is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). It occurs when calcium crystals deposits in the inner ear, which blocks the vestibular system which is responsible for sending signals to the brain through the inner ear. The blockage in the nerve pathways results in sending unclear messages to the brain, thereby making the person feel off-balance or dizzy.


A person experiencing vertigo may have a spinning sensation, which lasts for minutes to hours and can continue to recur up to days and weeks. It is advised to lie down with closed eyes until the vertigo spells pass by. If vertigo is mild, sometimes people overlook vertigo signs and symptoms, which later trigger the condition and become chronic. It is advised to consult a neurologist or practice certain home remedies as soon as you start experiencing vertigo symptoms to prevent the symptoms to get more severe.

You must be thinking of what are the vertigo signs and symptoms other than the spinning sensation. Let’s have a look at some of the common signs and symptoms of vertigo.

Most Common Vertigo Signs and Symptoms

Vertigo is referred to as spinning sensation (chakkar aana) when a person experiences the nearby surroundings is in motion or the person is spinning all by himself. Vertigo can be a symptom of other ailments and is caused due to various other reasons. Vertigo symptoms may vary from person to person depending upon the underlying vertigo cause. Vertigo symptoms are often triggered by a change in the position of the head or can even be triggered by rolling over in bed during sleep. The most common vertigo signs and symptoms include:

  • Spinning sensation

One of the most common symptoms that occur when one faces vertigo is the spinning sensation. A person may experience balance issues and feel dizzy when vertigo bouts attack suddenly. Spinning sensations make it difficult for a person to do daily activities for e.g., crossing the road or driving the car, can be life-threatening, if a person is experiencing recurring episodes of vertigo.

  • Motion sickness

Motion sickness is different from vertigo as it is caused when is experiencing repeated motions while moving in a car or a boat. But if a person experiences a sense of motion sickness without any repeated motions, it is definitely an indicator of vertigo.

  • Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are the most common vertigo symptoms, irrespective of vertigo causes. It is generally found in patients suffering from vertigo.

  • Tinnitus

Tinnitus is referred to as the ringing, buzzing or whistling sound in the inner ear. It can be one of the most chronic vertigo symptoms if a person is suffering from Meniere’s disease.

  • A feeling of fullness in the ear

Patients suffering from Meniere’s disease may experience fullness in the inner ear. The fluid build-up in the inner ear blocks the vestibular nerve, responsible for sending signals to the brain to function properly, resulting in vertigo spells.

  • Loss of hearing ability

If vertigo symptoms are not treated on time, tinnitus may become more chronic and temporary disability may lead to permanent hearing loss.

  • Increased sensitivity to sound and light

A person suffering from vertigo spells may sometimes become sensitive to light and loud sounds.

  • Vestibular migraines or severe headaches

Vestibular migraines are one such cause of vertigo symptoms. Some people experiencing repeated episodes of vertigo may experience severe headaches before or after the vertigo spells.

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Consult an expert neurologist as soon as you experience any of the vertigo symptoms to get the underlying vertigo cause diagnosed. A doctor may ask you to undergo some physical tests to examine the accurate cause of vertigo. Some doctors may ask about your medical history and recent injuries, it will help in prescribing the right vertigo medicines and suggesting the right vertigo treatments to ease the issue by alleviating vertigo symptoms as soon as possible.

Author Bio :

Aditi is an expert neurologist and health care consultant who holds expertise in treating vertigo (chakkar aana) conditions. She is working in the medical arena for many years and helped various patients to overcome vertigo. Her interest lies in traveling and sharing her piece of knowledge through her articles and blogs.