Diabetes Related Vertigo: Causes and Treatment
Vertigo is an abnormal sensation of motion that can happen when a person is sitting still or when their movement through space is inaccurately sensed.
Knowing where we are in space and how we are moving requires reliable information from five senses:
Our vision orients movement by taking cues from vertical objects and the horizon.
Our inner ear orients us to angular movements as we turn our head and to our acceleration as we move forward.
Touch orients us as our weight presses us against things (e.g., feet to the ground, butt to a chair).
Proprioception detects the position of our neck and limbs as we move.
Our hearing orients us to objects reflecting sound and to sound emitting objects.
Any impairment of these senses can lead to an experience of vertigo, disequilibrium or dizziness. Medical issues, including diabetes and heart disease, can potentially disrupt the functioning of these senses through nerve damage or circulation impairment.
Vertigo and Disequilibrium
Spinning vertigo is when either the environment appears to be spinning or a person feels that they are spinning within the environment. Positional vertigo is a spinning sensation occurring after a person repositions their head. A spinning sensation is often caused by inner ear problems.
Disequilibrium is the sensation of an impending fall or the need of external assistance to maneuver from here to there. Some people describe a floating sensation or that the floor or room appears tilted. This can be an inner ear or other motion-sensory issue, or it can originate in the central nervous system.
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