Your doctor may be able to determine the cause of your vertigo based on your symptoms and your medical history. He or she may ask questions to clarify points and explore symptoms or events that you may have forgotten to mention or may have thought were not important.
The doctor first will determine exactly what symptoms you are having. People tend to use the word "dizzy" to describe any of the following:
To distinguish between these, the doctor may ask:
If it is clear you have vertigo, the doctor will want to know whether you have any hearing problems, such as hearing loss or ringing in your ears (tinnitus), that occur along with the vertigo.
Next, the doctor will want to know about the pattern of your vertigo. He or she may ask:
Your doctor also will want to know how bad the vertigo is:
Your doctor also will want to decide whether the vertigo could be caused by a problem affecting the brain or nerves. He or she may ask:
In addition to specific questions relating to your reason for seeing the doctor, taking a history includes determining your general health. The doctor may ask:
The answers you give will usually provide the doctor with enough information to determine the cause of your vertigo. If the cause is not clear, the doctor may want to do some tests.
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