What other symptoms might occur with vertigo?

Vertigo may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the vestibular system may also involve other body systems.

Common symptoms that may occur along with vertigo

Often, vertigo may accompany other symptoms including:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Dizziness
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Ringing sound in the ears (tinnitus)

Less-common symptoms that may occur along with vertigo

Vertigo may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Abnormal movements of the eyes
  • Changes in hearing, taste or smell
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment
  • Difficulty controlling or focusing the eyes
  • Difficulty hearing or loss of hearing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Facial weakness or paralysis
  • Progressive weakness and numbness in the legs or arms
  • Slurred speech

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, vertigo may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have vertigo along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Abnormal pupil size or nonreactivity to light
  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Paralysis or inability to move a body part
  • Seizures
  • Severe headache
  • Sudden change in vision, loss of vision, or eye pain
  • Vomiting


What is vertigo?

Vertigo is a symptom in which you feel as if you are moving, spinning or floating, even if you are stationary. Vertigo is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as dizziness, impaired balance, lightheadedness, and nausea. It is estimated that four out of ten Americans may have an episode of vertigo and seek medical attent... Read more about vertigointroduction


What causes vertigo?

There are two main types of vertigo, peripheral vertigo and central vertigo. Peripheral vertigo occurs as the result of a problem with the vestibular system, which includes the inner ear and vestibular nerve and controls balance. Central vertigo is the result of a problem related to the brain. In many cases, the precise cause of vertigo is not identified.

Causes of periph... Read more about vertigocauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 30, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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