North Hills ENT

Dizziness

Dizziness can be characterized by people in different ways. Some common descriptions are the sensation of spinning, light-headedness, and/or feeling off balance.

Causes and Concerns

There are quite a few different reasons that you may experience dizziness. These include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety – A panic attack or symptoms of anxiety can make you feel lightheaded and off balance.
  • Neurological Diseases – Diseases that involve the nervous system can throw off your balance.
  • Circulation – Poor blood circulation to your brain leads to a sensation of dizziness. You can also get light headed if you quickly stand up from a lying down or sitting position, because your body moves faster than the blood flow.
  • Ear-related causes such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Meniere’s Disease, vestibular neuritis, and labarynthitis.

Solutions and Options

When you visit a medical provider for your dizziness, he or she will ask you a series of questions to determine exactly what is going on and why you are dizzy. You will also likely be asked to fill out a dizziness questionnaire. The doctor may also conduct a physical examination including a Dix-Hallpike Maneuver to help determine if this is an ear-related dizziness.

Treatment is directly dependent upon your diagnosis. In some cases, your provider may recommend vestibular rehabilitation therapy. This is done with a licensed physical therapist who has specific training in vestibular rehabilitation.  

Tips for Avoiding Dizziness

There are some things that you can do to avoid becoming dizzy. These tips will help you overcome your dizziness, but they do not replace medical treatment. Use these tips as a guide to help you reduce your chances of dizziness. They include:

  • Treat any ear and sinus infections promptly
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid reading or sitting backwards while in a moving vehicle
  • Avoid rapid head motions or quick changes in positions

If you struggle with dizziness, please call us to schedule an evaluation at 817-595-3700.

Additional Reading:   http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/dizzinessMotionSickness.cfm