Vertigo can best be described as an individual feeling like they are moving when they are not actually moving. It can also be described as the feeling or sensation that objects around they are moving when they actually aren't moving. Motion sickness is very similar to this feeling, but each has a different cause. It is something hard to describe, so most often individuals will say they are feeling very dizzy or they feel like they are spinning. This feeling occurs because of what happens to one of the two branches to each vestibular cranial nerve or each eighth cranial nerve. The first branch is the branch that sends messages between the brain and the ears, while the other branch transmits messages between the balance organs and the brain. Balance signals are sent from both the right and the lest vestibular nerves, and the brain has to integrate both of them for balance to function correctly. When one vestibular nerve gets infected, like in labyrinthitis, there are confusing and mismatched signals being transmitted to the brain in regards to balance. This causes the feeling of vertigo in an individual who has labyrinthitis.
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