In order to deal properly with vertigo we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow vertigo to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind vertigo consists of three steps:
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Do you ever experience vertigo (a sensation of you or your surroundings spinning)?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Regularly - several times per month
→ Frequently - daily or almost daily
Vertigo is a fairly common symptom of multiple sclerosis, occurring in about 20% of sufferers at some point. It is an acute, uncomfortable sensation, making those who are already a little unsteady feel even more nervous about moving around. It is not a permanent symptom, but may indicate a new lesion or inflammation.
This vertigo can be caused by lesions in the cerebellum, or it can be a result of damage to the nerves that control the vestibular functions of the ear in the brain stem. Vertigo is, however, not always a direct result of the MS disease process.
When the vestibular nerve (connecting the inner ear to the brain) is affected, dizziness or vertigo can result.