ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Feeling Dizzy? Why and What to Do About It.

Updated on April 28, 2011

Dizziness is more common than you think. The common statistic quoted is that more than 40% of adults have reported dizziness to their doctors. People may also say they have a balance problem, lightheadedness, or have a feeling that they’re unsteady.

Although used as a synonym, vertigo is a more specific type of dizziness that refers to a feeling that your head is spinning or the sensation that the space you’re in is moving around you.

Dizziness and vertigo are concerns because they can cause falls.  Falls, in turn, can lead to people breaking bones and even more serious injuries, including death. Let’s look at some dizziness causes and treatments.

By Viewmaker at Flickr
By Viewmaker at Flickr | Source

Dizziness Causes

Dizziness and vertigo can have a number of different causes. These are some of the most common.

Ear Diseases

  • Inner ear disorders, also called vestibular disorders. This can cause an extreme case of vertigo and can last for days at a time. This type disorder can get worse with age.
  • Meniere's disease. This is typically caused by the buildup of pressure from the fluid in your inner ear. This typically occurs in only one ear, but can happen in both ears.

Blood pressure problems

  • High blood pressure, also called hypertension. Dizziness could be a symptom of this disease or medication associated with high blood pressure can be the culprit.
  • Low blood pressure can result in the brain not getting enough blood, which can cause a feeling of lightheadedness. Pregnancy can cause low blood pressure, which is one reason a pregnant woman may feel faint.

Medications

  • Dizziness is often on the list of side effects for many medications. If someone is taking more than one prescription drug, the potential for dizziness can increase.

Visual problems

  • Double vision occurs when your two eyes don’t work together. This can cause disorientation which can lead to you feeling dizzy.
  • Ambient visual disorder is usually caused by a traumatic injury to the brain. Basically, it impacts the visual processes that let you orient yourself in space which you need to do to maintain your balance. If your balance system is off, you may feel dizzy as you move.

Immediate Actions

There are some immediate actions you can take if you start feeling dizzy.

  • Don’t operate any machinery, drive a car, or climb a ladder.
  • If you are feeling lightheaded, slowly lie down for a few minutes to get more blood flowing to your brain. Then slowly sit up. Sit still for a few more minutes before trying to stand up again.
  • If you are getting vertigo symptoms, do not lie flat on your back. Instead, sit and brace yourself until the spinning sensation stops.
  • In either case, try to drink more fluids as dehydration can also lead to lightheadedness.

Longer Term Actions

If you are having dizziness or vertigo symptoms that are reoccurring, you should be talking to your doctor. And any doctor who treats geriatric patients should be asking about whether or not the patient is feeling dizzy.  When you see your doctor, be sure he or she knows all the medications you are taking.

Even if not requested by your doctor, make sure your eye glass prescription is up to date.  An incorrect prescription can make you feel unsteady.

Patients with dizziness are often referred to an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctor. That's because the ear is the primary organ that controls balance.

Next, diagnostic tests are usually ordered. If balance testing is needed it is done at the ENT office. These tests evaluate the brain, the eyes, and the inner ear. A hearing test might also be ordered.

Medical Treatments

If dizziness or imbalance is a problem these are some possible medical treatments that may be used.

  • Balance or physical therapy may be suggested. This therapy tries to compensate for inner ear problems by promoting the central nervous system. Its purpose is to retrain the brain's connection to the eye, head, ear, and body.  It involves the patient and therapist performing a series of head and body movements.
  • Antibiotics might be used if the doctor finds a bacterial infection in the ear.
  • For Meniere’s disease, a low-salt diet and medication may be used.

With the right treatment, it is possible to reduce your dizziness and improve your balance and quality of life.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Billsnotes profile imageAUTHOR

      Billsnotes 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for your comments.

    • marlanasifter profile image

      marlanasifter 

      7 years ago from Sanford, NC, USA

      Hey,

      This was interesting and helpful... It's a good idea to pinpoint where daily dizziness comes from before it becomes chronic, or especially problematic.

    • Golfgal profile image

      Golfgal 

      7 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      good job, this is something many people have and really do not think about it.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)