What is vertigo? Vertigo is defined as the sensation of the room spinning while you are stationary. Common symptoms include unsteadiness with standing or walking, falling, nausea, and vomiting. In more severe cases of vertigo, people can experience blurred vision, inability to focus, and sometimes difficulty with speaking.
Vertigo is often grouped into two categories, persistent and episodic. Persistent vertigo usually has symptoms lasting longer than one day. Typically this category is caused by degeneration of the electrical nerve pathways that control balance and coordination as we age. These people may also notice a decrease in vibratory sensation as their nerve pathways deteriorate.