What Makes Vertigo Come Back? | Don’t Let Vertigo Ruin Your Life

Vertigo is a sensation you get that causes you to feel like you or your surroundings are spinning or moving. There are a number of different disorders that can cause vertigo, and also cause it to come back later in life after their symptoms have subsided. That’s why finding the underlying cause is so important. Most treatments that are recommended don’t look to take care of the cause of the problem but look to just cover up the symptoms of vertigo.

Conditions that May Cause Vertigo

There is no definite answer to what may have caused your vertigo or recurring vertigo, but there are some common culprits that you should look into which may have vertigo as one of the side effects. Any of the below could be answers to what is making vertigo come back into your life.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Also called BPPV, it is usually caused by problems with the inner ear and is one of the more common causes of vertigo. The inner ear contains fluid-filled tubes called the semicircular canals. When you move, the fluid moves as well, and the canals are sensitive to this movement. The sensation of the fluid moving in the tube tells your brain the position of your body and is responsible for keeping you balanced. When small crystals from within the inner ear enter the canal, it sends a confusing message to the semicircular canals sensors and causes vertigo. BPPV has a number of symptoms including:

  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hearing loss
  • Feeling as if you or the world is spinning

If you have BPPV once, you are at an increased risk of getting it again, but it can be treated successfully in the majority of cases with simple maneuvers. However, about 50% of patients treated experience vertigo again later in life.

What Makes Vertigo Come Back

Vestibular neuritis

Vestibular neuritis is caused by inflammation of the vestibular nerve, which is a nerve in the ear that sends information to your brain about balance. When inflamed, the information it sends is not sent properly, and can cause vertigo symptoms. These symptoms usually come quickly and are very intense. You may experience:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Balance issues
  • Sudden, severe vertigo

The common cause of vestibular neuritis is a viral infection in either the inner ear or other parts of the body. While it should only take a few days to recover from vestibular neuritis, it can take several weeks or months to fully recover.


Labyrinthitis is inflammation of the part of the inner ear called the labyrinth and is responsible for both hearing and balance. It is sometimes used interchangeably with vestibular neuritis but they are in fact different. Labyrinthitis includes the vestibular system and cochlea, which both send information to the brain via the vestibulocochlear nerve. Symptoms of this include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea and vomiting

Since it is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection, it will go away on its own with either time or treatment by a doctor. 

Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear, usually only affecting one ear, that can lead to vertigo. The cause is unknown, but it is caused by an abnormal amount of fluid in the inner ear. It can develop at any age, but it is more likely to happen in middle age and older adults. It is a chronic condition, but there are treatment options to lessen the symptoms experienced. Some signs and symptoms of Meniere’s disease include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Recurring vertigo episodes
  • Congestion in the ear
  • Ringing in the ear

Meniere’s disease does not yet have a cure, but some options exist that may help. Such as medications, acupressure, salt intake restrictions and behavioral or diet changes.

Cervical Vertigo

Cervical vertigo is brought about by poor neck posture, neck disorders, a physical trauma to the cervical spine, or a head injury that disrupts head and neck alignment. Symptoms are usually brought about by sudden movements. Symptoms include:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of balance
  • Headaches
  • Ear pain
  • Vertigo triggered by head movement

Cervical vertigo is treatable. Depending on the cause of your cervical vertigo will affect what treatment you receive. A chiropractor can be invaluable in helping with vertigo caused by a physical trauma.

There are several other things that may be causing you to experience vertigo, such as head injuries, tumors, or certain medications. The best way to figure out what is causing your vertigo is to see a professional. Treatment for vertigo is possible.

Recurring Vertigo Symptoms

In some cases, vertigo will go away in time, but it is possible for it to resurface once again if the underlying cause has not been addressed. If you have continued issues with vertigo, or if you’re experiencing vertigo again after its long absence, seeking professional help to understand what makes vertigo come back is your best option.

At Align Wellness Center, we have helped thousands of people to restore alignment within their body and eliminate their vertigo for good. If you haven’t had your spine looked at by a corrective chiropractor, this could be a reason your vertigo has returned or continues occurring.

If you’d like tips on how you can stay healthy and well without drugs and surgery, go ahead and check out other articles on this site. If you continue to struggle with vertigo and dizziness, give us a call at Align Wellness Center (847) 860-6599 or schedule an appointment online. Contact us today or stop by the office. We’re located at 900 Skokie Blvd., Suite 113, Northbrook, IL, 60062.

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