Vertigo is a sensation that everything around you is spinning or moving, which is usually caused by a problem in the inner ear, but can also be caused by vision problems. People with vertigo commonly feel things are moving when they are standing completely still and everything around them is still. Doctors say that vertigo is more severe than dizziness, which commonly happens when a person stands up and feels light-headed. People with vertigo may find it harder to move around because the spinning sensation tends to affect balance. What are the symptoms of vertigo? The patient may feel that his/her surroundings seem to be moving either vertically or horizontally. There may also be a sensation of spinning. Sometimes the feeling may be so slight that it is hardly noticeable. However, for some people the severity of symptoms makes it hard to keep balance and carry out everyday tasks. A bout of vertigo can last from a few minutes to several days, and sometimes much longer. The following symptoms are possible: A sensation that everything around you is moving or spinning Loss of balance Nausea Vomiting Light-headedness Problems walking properly Problems standing still properly Blurred vision Earache When did you know something was wrong? How long have you had it? How are you dealing with it?