Vertigo is one of the most common, if not the most common, complaint patients report to emergency rooms and clinics.
A 2008 study in the Journal Mayo Clinic Proceedingsfound that 4% of emergency room and 5% of clinic visitors complain of dizziness.
Why has the medical system failed to cure this disease? How can you actually get rid of it completely and naturally?
The diagnosis of vertigo can be made easily through observing a patient’s eye movements in response to his or her head movements. And the treatment can be just as simple.
Surprisingly, however, a new study just published in the Journal of Neurology shows that medical practitioners are really bad at diagnosing and treating this common condition.
The team of scientists who conducted this study collected the medical data of 2,374 people who were referred to a tertiary care balance clinic, a clinic that specialized in balance disorders.
The collected information included all the diagnostic procedures and treatments the participants had undergone before ending up at the balance clinic.
Of the 2,374 patients, 19.7% had benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, 12% had Menière’s disease, 5.8% had vestibular paroxysmia, 7.2% had bilateral vestibulopathy, 14.1% had vestibular migraine, and 40.6% had psychogenic vertigo, all very common conditions.
For diagnosis, 76.2% had undergone magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 53.5% had received an electrocardiography. Both of these are expensive diagnostic tests with a high likelihood of having been unnecessary.
Incredibly, for a medical problem that is so easy to diagnose and treat, 61.3% of the patients had at least two consultations before being referred to the balance clinic.
61% of patients had been given drugs to treat the problem, which is completely unnecessary, almost always ineffective at treating the symptoms of vertigo, and absolutely always unsuccessful at addressing the causes of the dizziness.
41.3% had been given a variety of physical therapies that failed.
On average, these participants had been subjected to 3.2 diagnostic tests; some of them received as many as six tests.
On average, they had received 1.8 different therapies, with some people having received as many as eight.
Again, on average, the participants had been given 1.8 drugs, with some people having received an unbelievable 17.
There is only one conclusion to draw from this, and the authors of this study duly drew it.
The professional medical sector needs some serious training in the diagnosis and treatment of vertigo, especially because it is so common and so easy to treat.
Alternatively, health care professionals need to look into the influx of pharmaceutical money promoting the wrong treatment to fuel their profits.
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