The spinning sensation and dizziness you get from vertigo can limit your activities and make you feel sick. Depending on the cause, though, some simple maneuvers you can do at home might bring relief.
The most common type is BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), and it's also the easiest to treat. BPPV happens when small crystals of calcium get loose in your inner ear. You may feel it when you're getting in or out of bed, or tilting your head up. People over 60 are more likely to get this form.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a very rare disorder that causes the brain to break down.
Also called "classic" CJD, it worsens quickly. Most people die within a year of getting it.
The disease destroys brain cells. Seen through a microscope, it makes the brain look like a sponge.
Classic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is not the same as “mad cow disease," which only happens in cattle. It's also not linked to "variant" CJD, which comes from products made from cattle that had mad cow disease.