We get requests for information on Vertigo and Dizziness. “Is Your World Spinning? Help for Dizziness” this article is interesting and it has some tips on dealing with these conditions. The Macular Degeneration Association recommends that you seek the advice of your medical professional if you have any of these conditions.
By Brain & Spine Team
Though it’s a common complaint of people over age 65, dizziness is not a problem to ignore.
It may make you feel like you are spinning, light-headed, imbalanced, woozy, or a floating or rocking sensation. You may also experience nausea and visual problems, such as a decrease in focus, says Janet Kucinic, a senior vestibular therapist for Cleveland Clinic.
She says it’s important to tell your doctor if you feel these symptoms because it can be caused by a variety of issues, including:
- A problem in your inner ear, brain or neck
- Neurological issues
- Heart-related issues
- Changes in your medication or dosage
“The most important thing is to seek medical attention in order for a doctor to make appropriate assessments and diagnoses,” Ms. Kucinic says.
She says your doctor may recommend further diagnostic tests, including an MRI and/or CT of the brain and/or neck; cardiac tests; or vestibular test battery, a gold standard in assessing inner ear function.
The primary doctor may also refer you to an ENT or neurologist, Ms. Kucinic says.
When it’s an emergency
If dizziness is ever accompanied by any of the following, go to the ER:
- Slurred speech
- Blurred vision
- Pain or numbness/tingling in the arm(s)
- Severe headache
- Chest pain
- Pressure or heaviness
- Shortness of breath
Common causes for dizziness
While dizziness can be caused by various factors, it often occurs when the vestibular system – which controls balance and spatial orientation…
Source: Cleveland Clinic