By definition, vertigo is a false sensation that you or your surroundings are moving. The sensation is best described as spinning, whirling or moving vertically or horizontally. Vertigo attacks may be constant or sporadic and can last from seconds to days.
Other symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
Even medical professionals can misinterpret a patient's description of vertigo symptoms. To get the correct diagnosis, it's essential to give an accurate description of your symptoms.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.