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Vertigo is defined as the feeling you’re moving when you’re not. It’s usually a sensation of spinning.

  • Light-headedness, faintness or dizziness are not the same as vertigo.
  • A fear of heights is also not Vertigo.
  • Vertigo is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting & sweating.
  • It can be a very unpleasant and distressing symptom

Figuring out the cause of Vertigo involves the doctor taking a detailed medical history, performing a physical examination and sometimes arranging some blood tests, a hearing test and/or imaging.  However, in many cases no tests are needed- the diagnosis is made based on symptoms and examination. Treatment depends on the underlying cause. In this section we look at the causes of Vertigo, investigation and treatment of Vertigo.