Dizziness is a word that is often used to describe two different feelings - vertigo and lightheadedness. It is important to know exactly what you mean when you say "I feel dizzy," because it can help you and your doctor narrow down the list of possible problems. Dizziness could be related to both - lightheadedness or vertigo.
Dizziness is one of the most common reasons adults visit their doctors — right up there with chest pain and fatigue. Although frequent dizzy spells or constant dizziness can keep you from doing much of anything, dizziness rarely signals a serious, life-threatening condition. Treatment of dizziness depends on the cause and your symptoms, but is usually effective.
There is one reason for lightheadedness - your brain isn’t getting enough blood.
It is common to feel lightheaded from time to time. Lightheadedness usually is not caused by a serious problem. It often is caused by a momentary drop in blood pressure and blood flow to your head that occurs when you get up too quickly from a seated or lying position (orthostatic hypotension).
Causes of dizziness sometimes related with an ear condition.
A simple way for your doctor to distinguish between ear-related dizziness and dizziness due to other causes is to ask if it occurs only when you are upright, or even when you're lying down:
It’s a good idea to keep a diary of your dizziness, recording when and where you experience the problem.
The right information leads to the right diagnosis, and the right diagnosis leads to the right treatment.
The direction of care is decidedly different since light-headedness may suggest decreased oxygen or nutrient supply to the brain due to a number of reasons, including heart rhythm disturbances or dehydration, while vertigo will send the doctor looking for a neurologic or inner ear cause.
A more serious cause of lightheadedness is bleeding. Most of the time, the location of the bleeding and the need to seek medical care are obvious. But sometimes bleeding is not obvious (occult bleeding). You may have small amounts of bleeding in your digestive tract over days or weeks without noticing the bleeding. When this happens, lightheadedness and fatigue may be the first noticeable symptoms that you are losing blood. Heavy menstrual bleeding also can cause this type of lightheadedness.
An uncommon cause of lightheadedness is an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), which can cause fainting spells (syncope). Unexplained fainting spells need to be evaluated by a doctor. You can check your heart rate by taking your pulse. Many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause lightheadedness or vertigo. The degree of lightheadedness or vertigo that a medicine causes will vary.
More often than not, light-headedness will subside within a few hours but there are DO’S AND DON’TSto managing it. If you tend to get light-headed when you stand up, follow these guidelines:
Additionally, if you have a cold, the flu, or other viral illness, stay hydrated with plenty of water. However, if suffering from nausea and unable to keep fluids down, intravenous fluids might be needed. Eating something sugary and positioning the head between the knees can also help to cure lightheadedness.
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