Three Health Mysteries That May Be Treatable

Health issues can be mysterious—certain symptoms may occur with no explanation and a condition may seem alarming but turn out to be harmless. The good news is that even if doctors don’t know what causes a particular ailment they may still be able to treat it effectively.


Rotational dizziness, where the room seems to spin, is called vertigo. Temporary bouts can be caused by a variety of things including fluid or inflammation in the inner ear and are often annoying but harmless. Chronic vertigo may pose a larger impediment to daily life such as frequent nausea, headaches or falls. Your physician may not be able to pinpoint the cause but the dizziness itself should still be corrected. If other treatments fail, ask your doctor can a chiropractor help with vertigo?

Motion Sickness

Another condition that stems from inner ear issues, motion sicknessaffects a third of the population. Women and children seem most susceptible, though doctors do not know why. As the name indicates, motion sickness is a response to movement, most often rapid or jerky action as in a plane, ship or automobile ride. Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, increased heart rate and headache. Most people afflicted use preventive measures—they avoid reading in a moving car, for example—and treatments like ginger, acupressure wristbands, or certain antihistamines. Severe cases can be treated with prescription medications.

Benign Tumors

The word tumoris often associated with cancer, but many tumors turn out to be harmless growths made up of abnormal cells. Their root cause is a mystery and these masses have no useful function. They can be found just about anywhere on the body; technically, even some types of moles are tumors. If a tumor proves benign, or non-cancerous, you may not need to take action beyond regular monitoring. However, tumors can be removed if they become painful, trigger unwanted symptoms (such as uterine fibroids causing heavy vaginal bleeding) or cause embarrassment due to their appearance. In such cases surgery is performed to excise the tumor, leaving behind only healthy, normal tissue.