Dizziness

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Dizziness


Dizziness can be alarming, but in most cases it is not indicative of a more serious medical concern.

Typically, dizziness will present in the following ways:
  • Vertigo: Vertigo presents as either a spinning or floating sensation and is often indicative of an issue with the inner ear.
  • Lightheadedness: This is similar to the sensation of feeling faint and can be indicative of low blood sugar.
  • Confusion: Confusion may be due to a number of issues, including low blood sugar. It presents as a feeling of unsteadiness and disorientation.
  • Imbalance: Often, the feeling of dizziness results in feeling as though the ground is uneven.
Causes of dizziness vary by individual. Common causes of dizziness include, but are not limited to:
  • Ear infection or inflammation of the inner ear: The inner ear is important in order to maintain balance. When the ear becomes infected or inflamed, maintaining balance can be difficult. Inner ear issues are often accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, nausea, and hearing loss.
  • BPPV: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo occurs due to changes in the position of the head. It is most often experienced in bed after sitting up or turning over.
  • Migraine: Some individuals with migraines experience an aura prior to the onset of the headache. In some cases, the aura may present itself as dizziness and may last for an extended period of time before the headache begins.
  • Other issues: Feelings of dizziness are typically not an indication of an issue with the brain. However, in some cases dizziness may be one of the symptoms of a larger issue.