How to Treat and Manage Dizziness
Depending on the type of problem that you may have based upon your symptoms, case history, and VNG findings, the goal is to make you feel better. As a result, your doctor may offer many different treatment options. Some include:
Vestibular rehabilitation, also known as balance therapy, is one of the most common ways to improve your balance. Working one-on-one with a specialized physical therapist, a plan is set in place which may include various exercises and movements to reestablish normalcy to the body. Recovery time will depend on the severity of your symptoms.
Head position maneuvers
Head position maneuvers may treat issues associated with Benign Paroxsysmal Positional Vertigo. Symptoms may return and you may be able to treat yourself as you get comfortable with the treatment protocol.
Your doctor may note that certain medications may treat symptoms, however, they may not solve them. Consult your doctor if you have any questions.
Types of medications:
- Diuretics, also known as water pills, may reduce symptoms in those with Meniere’s disease. This will work more effectively in tandem with a low-salt diet.
- Anti-anxiety medications may reduce symptoms, but also may increase drowsiness.
- Medications for migraines may reduce symptoms associated with dizziness.
- Antihistamines like Meclizine may temporarily reduce symptoms but will not solve the underlying problem.
In severe cases, ablating the balance system of a specific ear may be necessary. Gentamicin injections over time will disable the balance system, however, it may also result in hearing loss.
A labyrinthectomy is utilized when nothing else works. It is a surgical procedure to remove the balance system of the impaired ear. The body will relearn to control its balance with the other ear taking charge.