Don’t Ignore That Dizzy Feeling
Dizziness can come on unexpectedly—after turning quickly, when shifting in bed, even when sitting or standing still. In a quick moment, you can go from feeling stable and secure to unsteady and vulnerable. Sometimes, the feeling subsides with no repercussions; however, dizziness can be symptomatic of a number of medical conditions. Because these medical conditions can range from minor to severe, it is important to address your symptoms of dizziness when they occur.
When you see a medical professional, he or she will typically attempt to determine your cause of dizzy spells by asking a series of questions, such as:
- When did your dizziness begin?
- Are your symptoms constant or do they fade and reoccur?
- Have you noticed a change in your symptoms since they began?
- Have you identified any triggers for your symptoms?
A series of tests may be conducted to measure disturbances to various areas of the body, which will help determine the nature of your condition. For example, when jerky eye movements accompany dizziness symptoms, the inner ear may be the culprit. Common balance disorders include Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis, post-traumatic dizziness and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Symptoms of imbalance can also indicate serious health conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
If you notice the onset of dizziness—which includes the sensations of vertigo, lightheadedness and imbalance—you may be able to manage your dizziness symptoms by doing the following:
- Limiting salt intake
- Drinking 2-3 liters of water per day
- Move slowly and change positions with caution
However, it is important to contact a healthcare professional to receive a proper diagnosis. Urgent care is recommended if your dizziness is accompanied by loss of vision or hearing, sudden severe ear pain, frequent vomiting or temperatures higher than 100.5 F.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a balance disorder, The Center for ENT can help. Our team is equipped with Houston’s best ENT doctors. We offer thorough diagnostic tests and individualized balance treatment plans. To learn more, call our team today!