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Constant Feeling of Lightheadedness

Updated on May 28, 2010

Constant Feeling of Lightheadedness


Have you ever felt like you were about to faint but didn’t? Do you have this lightheaded feeling often, even constantly? A constant feeling of lightheadedness has its origin in several different circumstances. One of those most obvious reasons being pregnancy. If you constantly feel lightheadedness and are a woman of childbearing age and you are sexually active…you could be pregnant may need to start your search of determining the source of constant lightheadedness with a pregnancy test. Lightheadedness normally occurs within the first trimester of pregnancy and usually within the first six weeks. For most women, it is the first sign that she is with child. When you don't eat enough, you can end up with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can make you feel dizzy or faint. This can happen much more easily when you're pregnant. Usually in these first few weeks of pregnancy, you don’t know you’re pregnant so if you’re used to skipping breakfast, you still do but because you’re now pregnant, you body responds differently; hence the lightheaded, fainty feeling.  When you sit, blood pools in your feet and lower legs. If your body isn't able to adjust when you stand up, not enough blood returns to your heart from your legs. As a result, your blood pressure drops really quickly, which can leave you feeling faint. This can happen to people who aren't pregnant as well. Vertigo is another well know reason for a constant feeling of lightheadedness. Vertigo is a type of dizziness as is syncope (pronounces seen-coe-pee) and disequilibrium. Vertigo is described as a shift in a person’s relation to space, like the room shifting quickly or spinning. Syncope is is a feeling of lightheadedness that may cause a person to misstep or swag to the left or right while they’re walking or standing. This is something that I experienced or at least was diagnosed with during a time of heavy ancxiety in my life. It was not life threatening by any means but was definitely alarming. Disequilibrium is simply when your equilibrium is off. Migraine headaches are also a source of dizziness and constant lightheadedness.

Constant Feeling of Lightheadedness

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Constant Feeling of Lightheadedness



This is directly related to your inner ear (as most lightheadedness and dizziness conditions are) which is our source of balance. If you are experience either of the above mentioned items on an ongoing basis, a visit to your doctor is quite necessary. You will need to see your doctor as he or she will need to determine things like is it a central nervous system disorder, how can the systems be controlled, which medications and/or how much or is it a simple change in lifestyle that you need. And lastly your doctor will need to determine if you will need to see a specialist. These things may sound scary but they are not. Continue to research so that you go to your doctor fully aware and fully informed. A constant feeling of lightheadedness can be remedied, you just need to follow some good steps to get the issue resolved


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