Dizziness

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Shohei Harase

Shohei Harase, MD

Neurology

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  • Unsteadiness/dizziness

  • I had dizziness when I woke up in the morning and turned over for the first time

  • Improvement in dizziness also leads to improvement in auditory symptoms

  • When I am dizzy, it is hard to hear the surrounding sounds

  • Heard a "pop" in the ear, before the symptoms started

  • Dizziness when standing for long periods of time

  • When I close my eyes the dizziness gets worse

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Dizziness is a term used to describe a range of sensations, such as feeling faint, woozy, weak or unsteady.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fainting with loss of consciousness

  • Sickly/pale appearance

  • Peripheral cyanosis

  • double vision

  • Neck pain / stiffness

  • Unexplained weight loss of 5% or more in 1 month

  • Seizure attack

  • Recent weight loss

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Fever

  • Numbness of lower limbs

  • Photophobia

  • Difficulty urinating

Possible causes

  • Diabetes mellitus (DM)

    A disease where blood sugar levels are abnormally high, due to problems with insulin production or resistance. There are often no symptoms until the condition has worsened, hence regular screening is important.

  • Tension headache

    A type of headache with band-like, pressing sensation at the forehead and sides. The causes include physical stress e.g. long periods of desk work and driving, or mental stress.

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

    Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo develops when calcium crystals get trapped within the semicircular canals, a part of the inner ear that controls balance. Typically only one ear is affected. It's characterized by sudden vertigo (feeling of instability and that the room is spinning) due to sudden changes to the position of your head.

  • Anemia
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Migraine
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Related serious diseases

  • Heatstroke

    This is a life threatening emergency where the person's body temperature is dangerously elevated and they display neurologic abnormalities. This occurs when the body fails to regulate its temperature properly. It can be caused by the surrounding environment (heat, moisture) or internal factors (dehydration, strenuous exercise).

  • Dehydration
  • Right heart failure

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Are you feeling dizzy right now?

  • Have you ever felt dizzy with ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or deafness?

  • Do you have dizziness when standing or after prolonged standing?

  • Do you feel dizzy when you lean your head backwards?

  • Did you feel dizzy when you rolled over in bed?

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References

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Shohei Harase

Shohei Harase, MD

Neurology

Kameda Medical Center, Japan

Sanshiro Kato

Sanshiro Kato, MD

Emergency department

Kawai Clinic, Japan

Yu Shirai

Yu Shirai, MD

Psychiatry

Yotsuya Yui Clinic, Japan

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Internal medicine

Co-founder of Ubie, Inc.

Rohini R

Rohini R, MD

Ear, nose, throat (ENT)

Bayshore Health Centre, India

Seiji Kanazawa

Seiji Kanazawa, MD, PHD

Obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN)

National Center for Child Health and Development, Japan

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