Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Anatomy

Sensation of Spinning Overview

Another name for Sensation of Spinning is Vertigo.

What is vertigo?
A person with vertigo has the sensation of spinning. The spinning sensation is worse with movement of the head, but may also occur while the body is still. Labyrinthitis, benign positional vertigo, and motion sickness are the most common causes for vertigo. Vertigo may be confused with dizziness, which is a sensation of faintness or lightheadedness.

What are the symptoms of vertigo?
Symptoms that may occur with vertigo include nausea, vomiting, poor balance, and difficulty walking.

How does the doctor treat vertigo?
Treatment for vertigo may include bed rest, avoiding sudden changes in position, and medication.

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Last Updated: Oct 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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