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Vertigo Self-Help

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Vertigo Self-Help

Vertigo is like dizziness, except that it is more extreme and gives the sensation of the room spinning around you. If you are experiencing vertigo, please see your doctor as vertigo can have different causes. A common type of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) which happens when a person turns his/her head quickly, or turns over in bed, after which it takes a little time for the spinning to stop. Vertigo can not only be a frightening sensation, it can also cause nausea and vomiting. The sensation of vertigo actually comes from the inner ear. One of my...

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Dehydration: Water, Electrolytes and Healthy Rehydration

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Dehydration: Water, Electrolytes and Healthy Rehydration

How many times have you heard that so-and-so was “hospitalized for dehydration,” and then after expressing concern, you hear the nonchalant response of, “Oh, s/he's fine, s/he was just dehydrated!” And then you end up thinking, “Well, why didn't so-and-so just drink some water?” or “How does that happen?” or “Could that ever happen to me at some point?” The reality is that dehydration can cause serious complications, and can lead to coma, and even death.1 Be aware, that in elderly people, dehydration occurs often because the perception of “being thirsty” is decreased as one ages;2 it can also happen...

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