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Symptoms of vertigo

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If you have vertigo, your surroundings will appear to be moving vertically or horizontally, or you may feel that you are spinning.

The effect of vertigo may be slight and barely noticeable, or it may be so severe that you find it difficult to keep your balance and perform everyday tasks.

Attacks of vertigo can develop suddenly and last for a few minutes, or they may last much longer. If you have severe vertigo, your symptoms may be constant and last for several days, making normal life very difficult.

The symptoms of vertigo can vary in severity and may include:

  • the sensation that your surroundings are moving or spinning,
  • loss of balance,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • light-headedness,
  • difficulty standing, and
  • difficulty walking.


  • Nausea: Nausea is when you feel like you are going to be sick.
  • Vomiting: Vomiting is when you bring up the contents of your stomach through your mouth.
Medical Review: February 20, 2009

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