Dizziness is usually used to mean lightheadedness – the feeling that you may faint or pass out, or a feeling of being unsteady on your feet. Vertigo describes the sensation that the room or space around you is in motion or spinning when it is actually not moving. Most people have at least one episode of dizziness or vertigo at some point in their lives, and in most cases, the condition is not life-threatening or serious.
Both dizziness and vertigo can be caused by an array of underlying issues, some of which can be serious and some which can be easily corrected. Common causes include:
momentary drop in blood pressure
“head” colds or flu
stress or anxiety
use of alcohol or illegal drugs
certain prescription drugs
arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm)
inner ear infection or other ear-related disorder
Treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause. During your exam, you'll be asked for a medical history as well as a description of your symptoms and a complete list of any medications you may be taking, including over-the-counter medicines and supplements. You'll have a physical exam, and additional neurological or lab testing or diagnostic imaging will be ordered. Once all the information has been collected, a treatment plan can be developed based on your specific needs.
Yes; people who are older, people who have experienced dizziness in the past, and people taking certain medications, including anti-seizure medicines, blood pressure medicine, and sedatives are more likely to experience dizziness.
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