Vertigo is a symptom, not a diagnosis, and can be caused by loose rocks in the head

Dr Hans Duvefelt
Dizzy woman

I often hear patients speak of vertigo as if it were some brilliant diagnosis made by a genius emergency room doctor. Just because it’s a foreign word, that doesn’t make it any more clever than if they’d been told they were dizzy.

In my native Sweden, there seems to be a domestic lay word for almost every disease.