Vertigo the sensation that you are in motion, even when you are standing still, or that everything around you is moving. It feels similar to being on a boat, and can result in the same feeling of loss of balance, nausea and vomiting. The attack typically lasts from a few seconds to minutes, but it can last days. Effects range from minimal to severe enough to affect your daily life, but it's more than just dizziness.
Vertigo has nothing to do with a fear of heights. This is a popular misconception that started from the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name. Acrophobia means fear of heights, but it may cause a spinning sensation when looking down from a high place that is similar to some aspects of vertigo.
Vertigo can be caused by many conditions, the most common of which are:
If severe, try to avoid movements that might bring on the dizziness, like moving your head in certain directions. Avoid causing yourself any injury from falls by walking in good lighting, taking things slow and easy when getting out of bed or a chair.
Do not drive. Monitor your blood pressure as well as other lifestyle factors like your diet and hydration status. Eating foods rich in iron may help women who have heavy menstrual bleeding.
Avoid causing yourself any injuries from falls by walking in good lighting and taking things slow and easy, hang on to a rail or solid furniture if necessary. Do not drive and be aware of the signs of dizziness. Sitting down immediately will help alleviate the sensation.
Your doctor will take a detailed history of your symptoms. Depending on your history they will examine various aspects of your body from your heart, to your ears or your nervous system. They will also take your blood pressure. There are many causes of vertigo, so the treatment will very much depend on what has been found.
They may recommend you do some exercises or they may prescribe you some anti-histamine medication such as prochlorperazine, which has anti-dizziness properties. If this does not improve symptoms, they may refer you for rehabilitation training or to a specialist for further investigation.
It's crucial to note that the DVLA's guidance is subject to change, and individual cases may vary. If you are uncertain about your ability to drive with vertigo, it is advisable to:
Failure to notify the DVLA about a medical condition that may affect your ability to drive can result in legal consequences. It is essential to prioritise safety and adhere to the guidelines set by both healthcare professionals and relevant authorities.
For the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding driving with vertigo in the UK, it is recommended to directly consult with the DVLA or if there is anything we can help with, please let us know.
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