Vertigo Specialist

San Francisco Neurology and Sleep Center

Sleep Lab located in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Have you ever suddenly felt like the world around you is spinning? Vertigo is a dizzying sensation that feels like you or the world is spinning even if you’re not moving. At San Francisco Neurology and Sleep Center in Chinatown, San Francisco, Joy Meng, MD, and the team are experts in diagnosing and treating vertigo. Severe vertigo episodes can last for days and make living your daily life difficult, but treatment is available. Make an appointment over the phone today.

Vertigo Q & A

What is vertigo?

Vertigo is the sensation that you or things around you are moving or spinning. Different from other types of dizziness, vertigo makes it feel like there’s motion in your body or the world around you when there isn’t any motion. 

Balance, or equilibrium, is what enables you to stand upright and walk. You have small canals inside your ears with tiny, hair-like sensors and fluid that help you maintain your balance in relation to gravity.

When the equilibrium in your inner ear is off, you lose your balance. Losing your balance can make you fall or make it hard to stand up.

What are the symptoms of vertigo?

Vertigo makes you feel like you’re spinning or the room around you is moving. An episode of vertigo can cause you to lose your balance, making it hard to stand upright or walk. 

It’s important to understand the different causes of dizziness. Vertigo is different from disequilibrium or lightheadedness. If you experience dizziness when standing up too quickly or motion sickness from a car or boat ride, these instances often don’t have the same cause as vertigo.

Dizziness caused by vertigo is sometimes accompanied by:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Ringing in the ears

What causes vertigo?

Vertigo can develop if you have an inner ear condition. A common cause of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. BPPV develops when small particles of calcium build up in the inner ear and disturb the equilibrium. 

Some other causes of vertigo include a buildup of fluid and pressure inside the ear or a viral infection. Vertigo can affect anyone but is more common in older patients. 

When should I visit the doctor for vertigo?

Ongoing vertigo can interfere with your ability to go about daily tasks. If vertigo affects your quality of life, seek medical care. The team at San Francisco Neurology and Sleep Center can determine what’s causing your vertigo and help you find the best treatment. 

Sometimes, vertigo goes away on its own as your brain adapts to inner ear changes. If it doesn’t go away, medications and guided head movements and exercises can help eliminate vertigo sensations. 

Don’t let vertigo keep you from enjoying life. Find compassionate care and treatment that works for you at San Francisco Neurology and Sleep Center, Inc. Talk to the team to schedule an appointment or book online today.