- Vertigo occurs when your brain mistakenly perceives motion, and you feel like you or your surroundings are spinning.
- This sensation is usually caused by disorders within the vestibular system, which governs the body’s sense of balance.
- Episodes of vertigo vary in duration and severity, depending on the cause.
- Some attacks can last less than a minute, while others may last weeks.
Humans have a finely tuned sense of equilibrium, with the body’s vestibular system sending messages to the brain about spatial orientation and movement. When things aren’t functioning properly, however, you can experience vertigo, the false sensation of a spinning motion.
Vertigo itself isn’t a condition; it’s a symptom of a condition. This article looks at reasons you may be experiencing vertigo and ways it can be treated.
What Does Vertigo Feel Like?
Vertigo is a rotating sensation, but some people may describe it as dizziness, light-headedness, or being off balance. When you have the feeling that you’re spinning when you’re actually at rest, you have subjective vertigo. When you perceive that the surrounding environment is in motion, you’re experiencing objective vertigo.
Vertigo can occur with other symptoms such as:
- Difficulty with balance
- Trouble walking
- Uncontrolled eye movements, known as nystagmus
Women are two to three times more likely to experience vertigo than men. Vertigo also becomes more common with age.