Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Vertigo!

It is possible for someone can get vertigo from exposure to carbon monoxide? The answser is YES! More info can be found on this site – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

Signs and Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning can vary depending on the amount actually present in the environment, duration of exposure, age of the individual, overall state of health and physical activity. Most often, however, people with Carbon Monoxide Poisoning may have: headache, nausea, vertigo, altering states of consciousness and weakness. Signs and Symptoms may be worse when gas appliances are in use, or in the winter months when gas boilers/heaters are in use, and may get worse when rooms/homes are crowded.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning happens when our lungs take in more Carbon Monoxide than Oxygen. If there is too much Carbon Monoxide in the air, it can be 240 times MORE likely to bind with our blood than Oxygen, thus reducing the ability of Oxygen to bind with the blood that our body and tissues need for survival: thus our body becomes “starved” of Oxygen. Long term exposure can lead to swelling of the brain which can lead to unconsciousness and neurological damage.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from happening: Education and Awareness, installing alarms that that detect carbon monoxide levels in the home and at work, having your gas or fuel lines checked regularly for leaks and by properly ventilating areas where gas and fuel lines are utilized. (This is NOT an exclusive list, however, is meant as a guide for more information. More information can be obtained by calling your professional registered gas/fuel specialist or provider.)

Balance Diagnostics and Rehabilitation

With falls being the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in individuals 65 years of age and older, it is important to know your options for testing and rehabilitation. Not only are costs rising for the care of these individuals either for the high death toll or for treatment and recovery that results from these disabling accidents.

The loss of independence is significant either as a fear of falling or as a result of having had a fall. There are many providers out there that offer generic fall prevention programs but only address issues such as environment like general home safety. However, those that may have more severe types of balance disorders – such as dizziness, will fall regardless of the environment.

It is important to seek professional help for testing for these balance disorders as it not only interferes with daily activities, work and travel, it can also be a sign of underlying issues affecting the Nervous System, Vestibular System and general Proprioception (the body’s awareness to its self).

Although Arroyo Physical Therapy in Pasadena, CA is primarily concerned with Vestibular Rehabilitation, it is also important for us to have resources available for more advanced testing, such as VNG (Videonystagmography), CDP (Computerized Dynamic Posturography) and VAT (Vestibular Autorotation Testing).

If you suffer from severe or slight imbalance, have a history of falls, vertigo, dizziness – either acute or chronic, have general gait, balance or movement disorders, concussion or head trauma, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), other age related instability, chemotherapy or inner ear surgery, it might be a good idea to get tested and see if testing is right for you.

Signs and Symptoms of Common Balance Disorders:
– Vertigo – Ringing in the Ear – Dizziness – Unsteadiness – Faint Feeling – Depression – Nausea – Headaches – Wooziness – Hearing Loss – Blurred Vision – Imbalance – Instability – Fear of Falling – Lightheadedness – Motion Sickness – Memory Loss – Tinnitus

If you suffer from any of these, testing may be appropriate. Arroyo Physical Therapy has resources to help you get tested and rehabilitated to make your life Fun and Functional Again.

Concorde Career College

Well! It’s official! Kathleen McGuire, PT, DPT, will be joining on as Co-PTA Lab Instructor at Concorde Career College this term. She has a passion for teaching and brings a fun energetic approach to learning.

Just another way that Arroyo Physical Therapy in Pasadena, CA., is moving forward, staying involved in the community and educating future clinicians.