Are you feeling Anxious? Does your balance seem “off”? That dreadful room spinning sensation, the gut churning and heart racing? You could be suffering from Anxiety associated with Vertigo and there is no need to put up with the symptoms, there are several ways in which your problem can be approached and treated.
If you find that you are experiencing panic attacks, sweats, dizziness or palpitations these are often associated with feelings of anxiety. What you may not be aware of is that the sickness, spinning and falling over randomly may be caused by Anxiety associated Vertigo. There are several different causes of Vertigo, Anxiety being one of the well known triggers for this condition. You may have already been checked for ear infections with a negative result and endured several bouts of Vertigo (some mild, others worse). Sometimes it can feel like you are seasick and disorientated.
When thinking about your well being, it is important to remember that Vertigo can be a very distressing illness which can make you anxious in itself, so it is wise to see a Family Physician to confirm any illnesses or conditions you may have.
Anxiety can take many forms; you may be suffering from panic attacks, shortness of breath and a rapid pulse. All of these can lead to rapid breathing or “Hyperventilating” , making your toes and fingers tingle and possibly leading to a faint.
If you have not previously suffered from Anxiety you may find after a work-up that you have an inner ear problem involving the small bones known as the “Vestibular Apparatus”, research has shown that a mild issue here can cause severe anxiety if left untreated.
However you feel physically the cause of the Physical discomfort is your Anxiety. If you can sort out and treat the cause of your Anxiety , you will be well on your way to reducing your levels of vertigo and any other Anxiety related illness.
Any physical activity, especially those that get you out in the fresh air will boost your natural “happy” hormones (known as endorphins). When your body ups its’ production of endorphins, during and after exercise, stress and anxiety levels reduce and so do the symptoms. Don’t worry about the intensity of the exercise, it’s all about doing something that you enjoy. Fun things; dog walking, cake baking, whatever you love doing, will lower those Anxious feelings and reduce pain.
Meditation and yoga offer deep relaxation and stress relief; ideal if you suffer from Anxiety. Not only do they teach breathing exercises to calm and still the busy brain, but meditation has also been shown to assist pain reduction by increasing those “happy” hormones!
Regular activity and relaxation will improve your Anxiety associated symptoms over time with patience. For those who find it difficult to move forward from their anxiety and vertigo Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) may be helpful. This teaches you to respond to anxiety in a different, calmer way and eventually retrains your responses to stress as a whole. Your family physician can help you with this.