Dizziness & Vertigo

Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles

Neurology Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

When your dizziness or vertigo recur, or they’re accompanied by neurological symptoms such as a migraine or muscle weakness, it’s time to get an evaluation at Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles. Edward J. O’Connor, MD, FAAN, and Russ Shimizu, MD, have extensive experience getting to the underlying problem and providing individualized treatment that relieves your symptoms. If you’re not sure whether your dizziness or vertigo need medical attention, call the office in Santa Monica, California, today. They’ll quickly assess your symptoms and guide your decision.

Dizziness & Vertigo Q & A

What is the difference between dizziness and vertigo?

Vertigo is a type of dizziness that makes you feel as though you or your surroundings are spinning or moving. Patients who have vertigo may also have a headache, nausea, ringing in their ears, and disorientation.

Dizziness refers to several possible symptoms, including:

  • Lightheadedness or feeling like you may pass out
  • Loss of balance or unsteadiness
  • A sensation of floating or disorientation

You may experience dizziness for any number of everyday reasons, such as stress, dehydration, and neck strain. When dizziness or vertigo persists, you may have a vertigo disorder.

What is vertigo disorder?

Vertigo disorders, or vertigo-associated disorders, include neurological and ear conditions that cause vertigo and dizziness. These include:

Peripheral vertigo

Peripheral vertigo is caused by inner ear conditions such as benign positional vertigo, Meniere’s disease, infection, inflammation, and tumors affecting the vestibular nerve.

Central vertigo

Central vertigo develops due to problems in your brain. Migraine headaches, vestibular migraines, and microvascular ischemic disease are a few examples of brain conditions causing dizziness and vertigo.

Dizziness and vertigo are also common symptoms that occur in patients with peripheral nerve disorders and neurological movement disorders. Your sense of balance depends on accurate sensory information and muscle strength and coordination, all of which are affected by neurological disorders.

What is the association between dizziness, vertigo, and stroke?

Vertigo and dizziness can be signs of a stroke when they’re accompanied by any of these neurological symptoms:

  • Confusion or difficulty understanding speech
  • Slurred speech or trouble speaking
  • Tremor in your arms or legs
  • Sudden severe headache or neck pain
  • Muscle weakness in your face, arms, or legs
  • Double vision or inability to move one or both eyes
  • Drooping eyelid on one eye

Dizziness and vertigo may also develop due to heart arrhythmias and other cardiovascular diseases.

How are dizziness and vertigo disorders treated?

The doctors at Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles perform specialized testing to diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms. After they know the reason for your symptoms, they develop a customized treatment plan.

When you develop dizziness or vertigo, call Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.