We often say it’s enough to make your head spin when there’s a lot going on, but what do we really mean by dizziness It’s quite important tease out whether your head really is spinning or whether it’s the room spinning. Because that can tell your doctor a lot about what might be causing your symptoms. When we talk about a condition called vertigo, what we actually mean is a sensation of the room spinning and the reason that that’s really important is because that tells us that usually there’s a problem going on in your inner ear. Your inner ear is where your.
Balance mechanism are and any disruption to then can make you feel seasick it will classically make the room go round. You don’t feel lightheaded the rooms actually physically spinning, that can make you feel extremely sick or even be sick. One of the most common causes of that is an inflammation of your inner ear caused by a virus viral labyrinthitis that very often affects young healthy people it tends to come on very suddenly and it’s much much worse when you move your head. So as long as you lay.
Completely still, you’re fine, but if you move your head you’ll feel intensely dizzy and you may be sick. The symptoms will vary enormously in severity, some people feel a bit dizzy some literally can’t lift their heads off the pillow but in most cases there’s nothing else serious going on and the symptoms tend to settle down over the course of a few days or sometimes, a few weeks. Another cause is a condition called Mnire’s disease, where we think fluid builds up inside your inner ear. That tends to cause a tax.
Dr Sarah Jarvis explains dizziness
Of vertigo where the room spins, tinnitus which is a buzzing, or ringing or noise sensation inside your ears and sudden loss hearing. Again that tends to go in attacks and your doctor will be able to advice you. There are other courses of vertigo that have spinning sensation but that’s one of the major issues in dizziness the next one is whether or not there’s enough blood to getting to your brain there, you tend to feel lightheaded rather than having a sensation that the room is spinning round, you may feel.
As if you’re going to faint if you don’t sit down really quickly. Now anxiety is a very very common cause of that, panic attacks were you over breathe and you’re getting actually too much oxygen and not enough carbon dioxide to your brain, that can cause those symptoms but so too can other conditions, including anaemia, including low blood pressure, where you tend to feel dizzy if you stand up too quickly. Having low blood sugar will also make you feel dizzy, and certain medications can cause that as well.
Then, there’s the issue of whether you’ve got a problem with your balance. That can be due to mini strokes the room isn’t turning, you’re not light headed but you feel as if you can’t balance properly. There are all sorts of slightly less common symptoms related to that. If you do have dizziness and it persists for any length of time, it’s well worth going to see your GP they’ll want to look for common causes, and often just by examining you they can tease those out. But they’ll also want to look for much less common causes.