Dizziness is the feeling of unsteadiness or fuzziness in your head. It is different than having vertigo, which is a feeling that the room is spinning or that you are moving or falling. It is also different from light-headedness, which is the feeling that you are about to faint.
It can be hard to know what causes dizziness. Some people feel dizzy when they have migraine headaches. Sometimes bouts of flu can make you feel dizzy. Some medical conditions, such as heart problems or high blood pressure, can make you feel dizzy. Many medicines can cause dizziness, including medicines for high blood pressure, pain, or anxiety.
If a medicine causes your symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you stop or change the medicine. If it is a problem with your heart, you may need medicine to help your heart work better. If there is no clear reason for your symptoms, your doctor may suggest watching and waiting for a while to see if the dizziness goes away on its own.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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