Before treating your vertigo it is imperative for doctors to determine the root cause of it. When visiting the doctors office its always important to be detailed when describing your symptoms. Explain when the vertigo happens, if it is triggered by something in particular, how it feels, how long it lasts and how often it happens. The more information you give your doctor the more likely he/she will be able to diagnose you properly.
Vertigo can also be diagnosed via an electronystagmogram (ENG) test. This test will determine if your vertigo is caused by nerve damage inside of the ear. It tests how well your ear inner ear, eyes and brain are maintaining your sense of balance when movement is involved. This test records eye movements and in doing so electrodes are placed on the patients head near the eyes. A test that is abnormal will prove the patient has abnormal eye movements in response to the actions performed.
Don’t be surprised if your doctor wants to reproduce your vertigo so he/she can witness it themselves…This is a common way to determine what the trigger is.
Other tests that may help doctors find the root cause of your vertigo include:
- (ECG) Holter monitoring for heart rhythm abnormalities
- Echocardiography – sonogram of the heart
- Exercise stress testing – to evaluate heart function.
- Valsalva maneuver (breathing out vigorously against a closed mouth. Such a maneuver temporarily slows the heart rate, which may reproduce the dizziness.