What is the cause of these symptoms?

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"My mom had a virus attack her inner ear. they had to go in a sever that nerve so she didnt have an episode while driving or something. Out of no where she would spin and get violently sick. It was a major surgery but 20 years later she hasn't had another episode!" 

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So she experiences vertigo.

There are a few causes for vertigo.

Cerebrovascular vertigo: the individual should drink more water, do not suddenly change the position, such as slamming when going to the toilet at night. It's prone to cause cerebral vascular dizziness. Once it happens, the individual should go to the hospital as soon as possible. After the diagnosis, appropriate vasodilator drugs, anti-platelet aggregation drugs (such as aspirin), anticoagulant drugs are commonly used.

Cervical spondylotic radiculopathy: If this is the case, try these 3 tips. 1) The head and neck slowly flex forward and backward, left and right side bending and circling. 2) Sit with both hands and hold them tightly behind the pillow, so that the head is tilted back and the chest is forward to enlarge the intervertebral space. 3) Take supine position, with the neck on the pillow, and then turn the head left and right, relaxing the neck muscles.

It seems like vestibular nerve damge caused by viral infection that leads to symptoms of vertigo. Viruses that may cause labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis include herpes viruses, influenza, measles, rubella, mumps, polio, hepatitis, and Epstein-Barr virus.

People with vertigo typically describe it as feeling like they are:

  • Spinning
  • Tilting
  • Swaying
  • Unbalanced
  • Pulled to one direction

Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo include:

  • Feeling nauseated
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss