Are you suddenly feeling dizzy? As if everything around you is rotating? Does it seem like you will fall or faint due to the feeling of lightheadedness?
Why does it happen? Why do we feel dizzy sometimes?
Dizziness is a more casual term to refer to a feeling of imbalance. Vertigo is the more technical (medical!) term to describe the feeling of imbalance or spinning.
What is Dizziness?
Dizziness or disequilibrium of the body is a result of a health condition that needs treatment. Since the medical condition affects the balancing function of the body, we feel dizzy or unsteady. So, practically, we should look at and treat the pathological issue that is causing us giddiness.
Nature of Dizziness:
The degree of dizziness varies significantly from person to person. Some feel dizzy once in a while, and some feel a continuous spinning sensation. For some, their dizzy spell may last for a few seconds, and in the worst cases, some suffer for days, months, and years!
The frequency, intensity, discomfort, and cause of a vertigo episode- differ from person to person.
When feeling unsteady, we risk a fall, an injury, or loss of confidence and may restrict our movement altogether.
Effects of Dizziness:
Physically, one may experience any of these indications accompanying a vertigo attack:
Visual disturbance or difficulty in focusing during head movement.
A recurrent Headache
Reduced or loss of hearing ability
Involuntary eye movements
Tinnitus or ringing in the ear
Pressure or pain in the ear
The effects of dizziness go beyond physical. It has far outreaching psychological implications.
Loss of confidence
Loss of interest in life
Restriction of movements
Reduced cognitive faculty
Inability to focus on thoughts or activities
However mild the dizzy spell is, you must let a medical practitioner evaluate your health situation thoroughly and conduct tests to diagnose the problem.
Causes of Dizziness:
It is astonishing when you realize that literally, anything can cause dizziness! Dizziness may be caused by innocuous everyday things for reasons which are more sinister and dangerous. Hence it is important to diagnose the cause at the earliest so that the condition is controlled.
Side effects of medication
Hot water bath
Low blood sugar
Nerve compression in the neck / spinal cord/brain/ inner ear
Issues in the central nervous system
The list is not exhaustive. Among all the reasons two are most prominently observed; they are Vestibular problems and Brain (or central nervous system) issues.
Vestibular Issues Leading to Dizziness or Vertigo
The inner ear is responsible for 2 functions – hearing & maintaining the balance of the body. The vestibular region is in the inner ear that helps the body to maintain its balance by assessing the gravitational force and transmitting signals to the brain. The vestibular region is a complex network of sensory nerves, blood vessels, fluid, and movement-detecting otoliths. Any problem arising in the inner ear leads to balance disorders and causes dizziness.
Some of the medical conditions affecting the vestibular region that cause vertigo are –
Some of the medical conditions affecting the brain or central nervous system that lead to vertigo are –
Low blood sugar
Keep a close watch or maintain a journal describing the nature and frequency of your dizzy spells for a week or two and discuss it with your doctor. It is better to give more information to the doctor about the time and nature of your vertigo episodes to help him diagnose the cause correctly.
Depending on the cause, dizziness treatment can be followed.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy and vertigo exercises work wonders to control vertigo attacks and restore balance.
Vertigo suppressant medications are available and recommended by doctors if your dizzy symptoms are severe.
Surgery and other medical procedures are conducted depending on the severity and complexity of the medical condition.
Quick Insights on How to Deal with Dizziness
Seek medical intervention if you are experiencing repeated vertigo episodes accompanied by headache/nausea/fatigue/ unconsciousness/twitching or numbness in any part of the body or any other unusual signs.
Provide as many details as possible to the doctor to arrive at a correct diagnosis of your dizziness problem.
Make suitable lifestyle changes.
Make proper dietary changes after consulting the doctor.
Include more water, fresh fruits, and vegetables in your daily intake.
Don’t take drugs or alcohol. They worsen your condition.
Consult our vertigo treatment experts to understand how to deal with a sudden dizzy bout and get appropriate treatment.