Dizziness and Vertigo (Other names: disequilibrium, faintness, giddiness, light-headedness, unsteadiness, vertigo, wooziness).
Dizziness is a feeling that you are spinning, tilting or about to fall. The sensation of dizziness can also make you feel lightheaded which may make you feel faint. It can also cause you to feel giddy or to have difficulty walking straight. Many people who feel dizzy have vertigo which is a specific type of dizziness. Vertigo causes a sense of spinning, dizziness, swaying or tilting. You may feel that you or objects around you are moving. Vertigo can also be caused by inner ear or brain problems.
Some causes of dizziness and vertigo are:
Factors that may increase your chances of feeling dizzy for people aged over 65 years are those taking certain medications such as blood pressure lowering medications, seizure medications, sedatives and tranquilizers. Past episode of dizziness could lead to more dizziness episodes.
Before your consultation with you doctor, think about the following questions they may ask you:
Most causes of dizziness and vertigo are not serious and quickly get better on their own but some causes are life threatening. Generally, if you have unexplained dizziness, feel dizzy regularly or have severe dizziness and you do not know why then you should be seen by a doctor to have it checked out.
If you experience dizziness or vertigo with any of the following symptoms then you should seek medical attention immediately:
These symptoms could indicate other disorders like a stroke or heart attack which is why you shouldn’t delay seeking medical treatment via the emergency services.
Mandy has worked for Isabel Healthcare since 2000. Prior to this, she was a Senior Staff Nurse on the Pediatric Infectious disease ward and high dependency unit at one of London's top hospitals, St Mary’s in Paddington which is part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Her experience in the healthcare industry for the past 28 years in both the UK and USA means she's a vital resource for our organization. Mandy currently lives and works in Scottsdale, Arizona.