Vertigo is the term given to any false sensation of movement. While it is most commonly thought of as a spinning sensation, it can also be a rocking sensation, a feeling of being pushed or a sensation that the body continues to move after it has stopped.
It is common for people to think that vertigo is a disease, particularly if they have been told that they have vertigo, but it is actually a symptom. Dizziness is a term to describe a sensation of lightheadedness, or faintness. It doesn’t involve any sensation of movement when still. Lastly, imbalance is a sense of unsteadiness or loss of equilibrium and can be associated with an increased risk of falling.
However people with balance concerns may use any number of words to describe their symptoms such as cloudiness, brain fog, disorientation or just feeling “not quite right”. This in itself can be quite frustrating, trying to find the language to describe your symptoms.