Dizziness

Dizziness is a symptom of both serious and not-so-serious physical conditions. At the very least, dizziness is a bit disconcerting and leaves us worried about staying upright on our feet. In the worst-case scenarios, dizziness indicates a life-threatening health problem. For this reason, it is a good idea to consult with a physician to rule out serious problems associated with becoming dizzy or off balance.

Causes of Dizziness

1. Poor circulation

One of the more serious causes of dizziness relates to heart health. Poor circulation caused by certain heart conditions such as heart arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, heart attack or transient ischemic attack essentially interrupts blood flow to the inner ear and brain explaining the occurrence of dizziness.

2. Anxiety disorders

Certain anxiety disorders cause dizziness. In particular, panic attacks and agoraphobia are associated with a woozy, lightheaded feelings. MedicalNewsToday reports that agoraphobia is a fear of leaving the house or being alone outside and impacts about 1.8 million adult Americans.

3. Infection

An infection called vestibular neuritis results in ongoing and intense vertigo symptoms. It happens when a virus attacks the vestibular nerve.

4. Low blood sugar

Hypoglycemia can make a person feel dizzy. Low blood sugar is typically associated with diabetics who take insulin. When blood sugar levels drop, dizziness, sweating and anxiety often show up as symptoms.

5. Sudden drop in blood pressure

Most people have experienced lightheadedness when standing up or sitting up very quickly. Feeling faint is common when the systolic blood pressure reading drops. The technical name for this condition is orthostatic hypotension.

6. Dehydration

There is a reason that feeling lightheaded often happens in association with overheating or becoming dehydrated. It is all too common for people to suffer from dehydration in hot weather when they don’t drink enough water. Certain medications are also indirect contributors to dehydration causing the resulting dizzy feelings.

7. Anemia

Many people suffer from anemia or a lack of iron. This condition is often associated with fatigue and dizziness.

8. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

This condition is caused by a rapid head movement from things like sitting up quickly in bed or when you take a hit to the head unexpectedly. Known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), people experience intense sensations of spinning.

9. Medication side effects

Some medications cause lightheadedness. Specifically, medicines designed to lower blood pressure are known to cause this unpleasant feeling. Tranquilizers and antidepressants may also cause this same problem.

10. Neurological conditions

Certain neurological conditions contribute to a lightheaded feeling. Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease often cause people to lose their balance.

Treatments

1. Stay hydrated.

2. Virtual reality technology at a medical office.

3. Employ stress management techniques.

4. Take vitamin D supplements

5. Take anti-anxiety medications

6. Replace medications that cause dizziness.

7. Vestibular Rehabilitation at Balance and Dizziness Center!