Most cases of vertigo can be diagnosed in a doctors office. First your doctor will want to know:
1. What sort of symptoms you are experiencing.
Your doctor will examine your ears for signs of infection. If there is no infection and he suspects the cause may be benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), he will perform the Dix-Hallpike's maneuver (sometimes called the positional vertigo test). This test can bring on symptoms of vertigo. You will be asked to move your head to the right or left, then lie down with your head hanging slightly back. If you have BPPV, you are likely to feel dizzy when you do this. If you do feel dizzy, your doctor will show you how to do the Epley's maneuver (a treatment for BBPV, see treatment for vertigo).
See The TEST By Video:
If dizziness is a result of injury, your doctor may order a CT scan or MRI scan to check your head and neck. It can also check for a non-cancerous tumor called acoustic neuroma.
If you have ringing in your ears and some hearing loss, your doctor may refer you to an ENT specialist (Ear, Nose and Throat). This consultant can perform a neurological test called an electronystagmography (ENG). This involves testing both ears for hearing, testing the eyes for movement and checking your response to changes in position and posture.
A complete blood count is occasionally ordered to rule out illnesses like hypothyroidism, kidney disease, anemia or infection.
Related Articles on Vertigo
For more on dizziness, see the following:
• Return to homepage: Womens Health Advice