Other Symptoms of Vertigo

Peripheral vestibular disorders also may cause the following symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue and reduced stamina
  • >Headache
  • Heart palpitations (rapid fluttering of the heart)
  • Imbalance
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Increased risk for motion sickness
  • Muscle ache (especially neck pain and back pain)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Reduced cognitive function (i.e., thinking and memory)
  • Sensitivity to bright lights and noise
  • Sweating

Vertigo caused by a central vestibular disorder usually develops gradually. In addition to vertigo, central vestibular disorders (e.g., stroke [brain attack], migraine) may cause the following symptoms:

  • Double vision (diplopia)
  • Headache (may be severe)
  • Impaired consciousness
  • Inability to speak due to muscle impairment (dysarthria)
  • Lack of coordination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness

Vertigo Complications

Severe vertigo can be disabling and may result in complications such as irritability, loss of self-esteem, depression, and injuries from falls. Falls are the leading cause of serious injury in people over the age of 65.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Dec 1999

Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015