Medical Q&As

Vertigo - triggered by stress?

Can vertigo be brought on by stress?

Vertigo is not a disease. It is a symptom that can result from a number of different causes. It can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and disturbance of balance. It can arise as a result of diseases of the middle and inner ear and can be a short term self-limiting problem or it can be chronic. Stroke, heart arrhythmias, blood pressure disorders, migraine and prescription and non-prescription drugs can cause vertigo. Depression and anxiety can also trigger this unpleasant sensation. Since vertigo can occur for a wide variety of reasons it would be best for an affected individual to be medically assessed especially if the feeling were persistent. In conclusion, stress can trigger vertigo and may prompt relapses of the symptom in chronic sufferers.