Dizziness and vertigo can be really easy, or really difficult to manage for us. Many of these patients go to a medical doctor first, and the doctor usually diagnoses them with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). These patients can get better within a few days, but in many instances with BPPV, the doctors just prescribe medication that doesn’t actually help them at all.
When they come into our clinic in AskDrKing, we find that many of these patients who have been diagnosed with BPPV have actually been misdiagnosed—like many of our clinic’s thyroid patients.
The cerebellum, the foundation of the brain, controls the vestibular nerve, which controls the inner ear organs. The BPPV patients that are given the medication are typically the patients that are not improving—or, in other words, the drug doesn’t work. These patients also tend to be the ones who are suffering from cerebellum degeneration, which affects both postural muscles and the vestibular nerve.
At the AskDrKing, we do a simple neurological exam on these patients, and most of the time it is very easy for us to see that it is a cerebellum dysfunction. We then start neurological rehabilitation to strengthen the cerebellum and the vestibular nerve. This, in turn, helps stabilize the inner ear organs, reducing the dizziness and vertigo.
There are several reasons why the cerebellum is damaged
Of course, trauma is an obvious cause of brain damage, but it could also be down to the “bad oil in the motor” syndrome that we see here so often. This refers to such problems as metabolic disorders like anemia, gut issues and gall bladder issues. But especially anemia. Did you know that there are twelve different types of anemia, and “anemia” doesn’t just mean you’re low on iron in your blood?
Many people don’t, and most medical doctors don’t test for all anemia types. In fact, they don’t usually even do the complete bloodwork for iron testing, and iron is the main way that the blood gets oxygen to your brain. If it can’t get oxygen, it’s basically starving, and that’s when the dizziness begins.
Most of the patients that come to us for dizziness and vertigo also have chronic anemia. It doesn’t surprise us at all. Many also have metabolic problems, which can contribute even further to cerebellum damage, including blood sugar issues and adrenal glands releasing cortisol into the bloodstream that negatively affects the brain.
Did you know that your cerebellum needs more oxygen than any other part of your body, and any other part of your brain? This is why many of our thyroid patients also have vertigo. With chronic thyroid patients, the “bad oil” (blood) has been destroying the “motor” (brain) for some time, i.e. their metabolic or other issues have been attacking their body for some time, and the first thing it attacks is the cerebellum, hence the dizziness.
Chronic dizziness or vertigo isn’t just about an inner ear problem or disorientation, it’s a symptom of a larger problem, usually metabolic, that is destroying the body. Some patients have a genetic disposition against dairy or eggs, and this can cause the body to attack itself, and in some cases, even attack the cerebellum tissue. We’ve had a vertigo patient that was doing really well, but she went to an event recently and ate the foods that she was genetically disposed to—she ended up in bed for two full days because her vertigo returned with a vengeance. Her medical doctors had not seen this link, and it was only under our care for the last six months that she had started improving.
If you have been put on medication for vertigo and it’s not working, please make an appointment with me, Dr. Corey King, immediately. At our AskDrKing clinic, we will run the right panels of labwork and perform the right tests to truly find the underlying cause of your problem, not just treat the symptoms with ineffective medication. We will look at food sensitivities, adrenal gland disorders, thyroid function—anything that could be affecting the brain’s functionality. Vertigo is almost always the sign of a larger problem, so treating just the vertigo is never enough.
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