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Overview of Vertigo, Dizziness, and Ménière's Disease

Vertigo can be due to several causes, including:

  • Vertigo not related to inner ear disorders
  • Vertigo due to inner ear disorders [benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, labyrinthitis]

Etiology of Vertigo, Dizziness, and Ménière's Disease

Hypothyrodism is often associated with vertigo [Starr2005, pg 115].

Hypotheses regarding Vertigo, Dizziness, and Ménière's Disease

In some cases, it has been noted that trigger points in the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles are associated with vertigo. It has been suggested that proprioceptors in these muscles help the balance centers of the brain determine head position, and that hypothyroidism can disrupt proper muscle function [Kraus1988], [Travell1983], [Starr2005, pg 128].

References for Vertigo, Dizziness, and Ménière's Disease