Last week during lunch, I heard two middle-age girlfriends describe an issue that they started dealing with during middle age – vertigo. That was a condition that I hadn’t seen before so I decided to do a little research on this condition.
Researchers suggest that vertigo may emerge around the time women go through menopause. One study out of Japan looked at the characteristics of menopausal-associated vertigo. This study involved 413 women who were between the ages of 40 and 59 years of age. Each of the participants complained of vertigo. Of this group, 73 had menopausal symptoms while 340 did not have symptoms of menopause.
The researchers’ analysis found that 56 percent of the menopause group was diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) while 17 percent had Meniere’s disease. The scientists also found that the percentage of participants who had BPPV was almost the same ratio between the group that had menopause symptoms (56 percent) and the...
“What do you mean ‘You can’t see.’!?,” I asked. We were speeding north through Maryland on Interstate 81 heading to NJ for a family weekend. Mandy was a little quiet and, when I glanced over, I saw real fear on her face. In a slightly panicked voice, she said that for the past 15 minutes she had strange wavy lines coming in and out of her field of vision. They had started appearing towards the peripheral areas. Now those lines were obstructing everything and, in places, shutting out vision altogether. With a mix of terror and confusion, she looked at me and said that there was a big hole in my head. I was stunned into silence. Mandy’s son and daughter, my stepkids, were in the rear seat. They had, only a year before, witnessed their mother’s rapid slide into the world of Multiple Sclerosis . I realized, unbelieving, that Mandy was trying to be somewhat calm in the face of this new phenomenon. She didn’t want to panic the kids. I unde...
Benign positional vertigo is a condition in which a person develops a sudden sensation of spinning, usually when moving the head. It is the most common cause of vertigo .
Vertigo - positional
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Benign positional vertigo is due to a disturbance within the inner ear. The inner ear has fluid-filled tubes called semicircular canals. The canals are very sensitive to movement of the fluid, which occurs as you change position. The fluid movement allows your brain to interpret your body's position and maintain your balance.
Benign positional vertigo develops when a small piece of bone-like calcium breaks free and floats within the tube of the inner ear. This sends the brain confusing messages about your body's position.
There are no major risk factors. However, the condition may partly run in families. A prior head injury (even a slight bump to the head) or an inner ear infection called labyr...
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