Dizziness is a broad term that encompasses vertigo (room spinning), unsteadiness, feeling like you’re on a boat, rocking, lightheadedness, or a feeling of losing balance. Vertigo, on the other hand, is a specific type of dizziness characterized by a false sense of movement, usually sensed as room spinning around the patient or a sensation of spinning inside the head.
When dizziness and vertigo become intense, they can lead to symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, and balance difficulties.
Vertigo and dizziness are most commonly caused by a brain issue that can affect the inner ear.
Extensive research over the last 15 years has found that brain sensitivity disorder, which is related to migraine, is the underlying factor for most patients who experience vertigo, rocking or being on a boat sensation, fluctuating imbalance, etc. A thorough evaluation can help pinpoint the medical diagnosis.
Symptoms of Chronic Vertigo & Dizziness
If you are experiencing vertigo and dizziness, you may also be noticing these symptoms:
- False sense of motion
- Loss of balance
- The feeling of floating or dizziness
- Sensation that you are on a boat (e.g., PPPD, MDDS)
These symptoms may feel more intense when walking, standing upright, or moving your head.
When Dizziness Becomes a Chronic Condition
While dizziness by itself is not a life-threatening condition, repeated occurrences can significantly affect your daily life. If the trigger of dizziness is not identified and corrected, the brain’s electrical activity can continuously remain at a level that will continually cause a sensation of dizziness.
Depending on the root cause of your dizziness, your treatment plan may include options such as structured rehabilitation with integrative and traditional medicine.
Chronic Vertigo & Dizziness Caused by Long COVID Syndrome
Long COVID, also known as post-COVID syndrome, continues to pose significant challenges for individuals recovering from COVID-19. This condition acts like a neurological disease, altering normal brain functions.
While respiratory symptoms and fatigue are well-known aspects of long COVID, emerging evidence suggests that vertigo (room spinning), tinnitus, and mental fogginess can also persist as a long-term effect. The good news is that these chronic symptoms are due to a change in the chemical/hormonal and electrical activity of the brain.
The symptoms of long COVID are not from permanent brain damage. This means that there is hope. Research has shown that the continual symptoms of long-COVID are generally triggered by daily factors such as stress, poor sleep, diet, and overstimulation.
Our team will work with you to identify these triggers and correct them. Additionally, a combination of integrative and traditional (western) medicine helps in resolving the symptoms.
Understanding Long COVID or Post-COVID Syndrome
Long COVID or post-COVID syndrome refers to the lingering symptoms that last for more than a month after the initial infection with the COVID virus.
Common neurological signs may include:
- Brain fog or cognitive difficulties
- Memory problems
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Sleep disturbances
- Neuropathy or nerve pain
- Muscle weakness or fatigue
- Mood changes
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Although vertigo is commonly associated with inner ear abnormalities, it may also be a recurring symptom for long COVID patients. The cause of vertigo, tinnitus, headache, and mental fog in long COVID is related to an increase in brain sensitivity.
Our team’s research has found that this brain sensitivity disorder can be corrected and restore the brain to its pre-COVID function. This causes resolution of the vertigo, headache, and mental fogginess. Tinnitus can be substantially reduced in volume to a non-bothersome level.
Symptoms of Long COVID Chronic Vertigo
Individuals experiencing vertigo as a long COVID symptom may describe sensations such as:
- Loss of balance
- Feeling like they are on a boat or in motion constantly
Causes of Long COVID Chronic Vertigo
Viral infections, like COVID, can cause vertigo due to a significant inflammatory reaction in the body.
When the brain senses this large degree of inflammation (body’s immune reaction to kill the virus), it produces hormones and neurotransmitters (hormones for communication in the brain) that makes the brain sensitive. This process occurs as part of the “fight or flight” response which is a protective system for the body. However, COVID causes such a high degree of immune reaction for so long (generally 10-14 days) that the brain can sometimes stay in that stressed state.
This stressed state and the hormones produced in that state cause the persistence of vertigo. When the brain starts wanting to adjust itself back to normal, any small trigger can cause it to stay in that stressed state. This can be due to a food item you eat that contains a certain molecule known to trigger the brain or could be due to your poor sleep, stress, etc.
Our team will help you identify these triggers and correct them and with the combination of integrative and traditional medicine restore your brain’s health.
Diagnostic Tests for Chronic Vertigo & Dizziness
During the diagnosis process, we begin by discussing your symptoms, medical history, current medications, and any other health concerns. Once this information has been gathered, we may obtain imaging of your brain and inner ears.
A wide range of conditions can cause dizziness, and most are related to changes in brain hormones and neurotransmitters which cause an electrical activity change in the brain.
Integrative Care for Chronic Vertigo & Dizziness at NeuroMed
If dizziness becomes chronic due to maladaptive changes in the brain, or if it is caused due to Long COVID, the best way to treat the problem is through an integrative medicine approach.
At NeuroMed , our approach involves using medications, supplements, lifestyle changes, and physical therapy altogether.
Our team can guide you on this journey toward optimal health with compassionate and efficient care. You have our guarantee that we will use every resource possible to help you get better.
In certain cases, we may prescribe medications like preventative medication, anti-vertigo or anti-nausea medications to alleviate your symptoms.
These are specifically designed to mitigate the sensations of dizziness and nausea associated with vertigo. The preventative medications act to increase the brain’s sensitivity threshold making it less sensitive to the daily triggers that are causing your symptoms to persist.
These medications act to restore the normal levels of electrical activity and neurotransmitters, which help restore balance and reduce the intensity and frequency of dizziness and generally eliminate it for the most part.
Alternative medication, such as nutraceuticals, can help reduce the occurrence of dizziness caused by the brain’s sensitivity. The supplements we use have all been scientifically studied. These supplements have been found to be low in brain fluid in chronic states that cause vertigo, tinnitus, brain fog, etc.
Additionally, those suffering from Long COVID can significantly benefit from the use of alternative medicine. This is because it can alleviate mental health issues like anxiety and stress.
In some cases, simple lifestyle adjustments can contribute to managing vertigo symptoms. These changes may include staying hydrated, practicing stress-reducing techniques, avoiding triggers such as caffeine or alcohol consumption, and ensuring sufficient rest and sleep.
In order to create a comprehensive treatment plan, we integrate wellness coaching into our provider visits. Our programs are designed to equip our patients with the best tools to achieve optimal health.
Treatment for Vertigo & Dizziness Through Telemedicine from Irvine, California
Our integrative approach combines traditional and alternative medicine with wellness coaching and lifestyle therapy. Through this holistic perspective, we work to alleviate your vertigo and dizziness symptoms and help you regain your well-being.
To schedule an appointment at NeuroMed, call us at 1-888-226-6330 or request an appointment online.