Is Your Dizziness and Imbalance Vertigo or Something Else?

A move to a new city triggered a bout of dizziness and imbalance for Casey C., a nurse. She moved from Kentucky to the Gulf Coast and suddenly started feeling dizzy. She began getting headaches that got progressively worse. “It felt like my head was a big bubble , and I was nauseated all the time” she recalls.

She went to see Sarah Mcguire, NP, who asked detailed questions and conducted an examination.   She then diagnosed Migraine Associated Vertigo. In addition to prescribing a medicine that Casey took for a few months,  McGuire advised some changes in diet and activities.

“She pegged it right off the bat,” Casey recalls. “Sarah was very professional and treated me with oral medications that work like a charm.”

“Vertigo is a symptom of an underlying problem; the key to treating it is getting to the root of the problem,” Mcguire said. “Depending on the cause of vertigo,  treatment can range from a simple in office maneuver (canal repositioning for BPPV) to medications, specialized physical therapy (Vestibular PT), and lifestyle modifications.  The vertigo or dizziness that Casey experienced was triggered by multiple factors, once those were addressed her symptoms improved.”

Fifteen percent of the American population suffers from a balance disorder. At CNC Hearing and Balance Center, our medical staff can diagnose your condition and our Vestibular team can get you back on your feet.  Balance disorders are characterized by the following symptoms:

• Dizziness or vertigo (a spinning sensation)

• Change in hearing, ringing in the ears, or feeling of fullness in the ears

• Imbalance when walking or moving

• Fuzzy or heavy-headed sensation

• headache with associated dizziness or vertigo

• Motion sensitivity

The Vestibular Team at CNC Hearing & Balance Center can help! Nurse Practictioner Sarah Mcguire is the latest addition to our Mandeville clinic and is now seeing patients for vestibular disorders such as Vertigo, Ménière’s Disease, Vestibular Neuritis, Labyrinthitis, Tinnitus.  CNC Hearing and Balance Center’s team of audiologists can help with hearing loss and hearing aid issues and Medical Director and Neurotologist Moises Arriaga can rule out more serious causes of hearing loss and imbalance. For an appointment please call  985-641-4144 .

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