MusicalHiker wrote:simon-b wrote:MusicalHiker wrote:
Does vertigo get better with time?? I hope so!
Has your husband seen a doctor to diagnose what type of vertigo he has?
Errrrr...... no! I don't think either of us thought it might be something that could be helped at all by a doctor... it only happens at the top of high steep hills and places like the Scott Monument in Edinburgh... I'll mention it to him!
I mentioned this because I did once have an attack of vertigo, diagnosed as BPPV....
I was at home when it happened, nowhere near a mountain or a high place. There are some cases of reaction to heights triggering vertigo in some people, but that's not happened to me, even during exposed scrambles. Maybe your husband suffers from fear of heights or acrophobia rather than genuine vertigo?
People with acrophobia or an irrational fear of heights have a reaction to high places that outweighs their chance of actually falling. In which case, suggestions made by other posters on this forum to gradually increase confidence through experience might help. On the other hand, I know from personal experience that true vertigo causes severe loss of balance and coordination, therefore the chance of falling in an exposed place is actually increased. So I stayed away from exosed situations until my vertigo had been treated. Since then, I've had no recurrences and I'm ok with heights again.
So, will fear of heights get better with time? It depends on the individual. I have numerous hillwalking friends who have fear of heights. Some of them have improved with time and experience, others haven't or even get worse. So time will tell! The good news is that all these hillwalking friends have many routes into spectacular scenery, on high mountains, available to them that are not too scary.