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What Causes Dizziness and When to Seek Care

Sebastian Atmakuri
what causes dizziness and when to seek care

At one point or another, individuals have likely experienced dizziness. Jerome M. Kane, MD, a neurologist at KaneHallBarry, explains that there is rarely a single cause, despite the fact that you may look for one. 

According to Dr. Jerome M. Kane, there are three primary causes of dizziness: 

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV: is a condition in which microscopic fragments of calcium that resembles bone break free and float inside your inner ear, where your vestibular system, which is in charge of keeping you in balance, is located. Your brain receives contradictory information about how your head is positioned as a result of this. 

Migraines of the Vestibular System: which are frequently ignored and underdiagnosed. This condition can cause dizziness in addition to migraine symptoms like headaches and sensitivity to light and sound. The dizziness may even be a separate condition from migraine headaches for migraine sufferers. 

Vestibular Neuritis: which can cause dizziness that spins around in the room and can last for days. According to Dr. Jerome M Kane, inflammation of the vestibular nerve, which transmits to the brain information about head position and motion, is typically the cause of this. Whether the condition is caused by a virus or your autoimmune system is currently unknown. 

Define Sensations

Understanding the terms associated with dizziness and other balance or movement issues can be helpful. While dizziness is a shift in your sense of balance or space, it can be experienced in a variety of ways. This comprises: 

  • An altered sense of motion or a sense of motion when your body is still is known as vertigo. Swaying, tilting, or spinning are all possible sensations. Your inner ear’s vestibular system is frequently to blame for vertigo. Your sense of balance and spatial awareness are both dependent on your vestibular system.
  • Feeling lightheaded, or like you might pass out. If you lay down for a while and then quickly get up, you might experience this, which is fairly common.

When to Seek Care

Dr. Jerome M. Kane says that most causes of dizziness are not cause for concern.” However, consult with your care team if dizziness persists, is debilitating, or has no known cause.” 

Dizziness may be a sign of a stroke or brain bleed in more serious cases. The following are indicators of a serious neurological problem: 

  • Double Vision
  • Trouble Finding Words
  • Slurred Speech
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Uncontrollable Hiccups
  • Weakness
  • Numbness on one side
  • Incoordination
  • Loss of consciousness

Take immediate action to seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms. Additionally, Dr. Jerome advises that you be prepared to share the following information with your care team in order to assist in the coordination of your care: 

  • How long your symptoms last? the duration of your symptoms. Is it minutes to seconds or hours to days?
  • Which factors cause your symptoms. Do your symptoms start because of certain head movements, environments, or things like bright lights or loud noises?
  • Which of the symptoms is associated? Do you have an aversion to sound and light? Are you experiencing dizziness in conjunction with hearing loss, fullness, or a popping sensation in your ears?

Living a healthy lifestyle can help treat and prevent dizziness. Try to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Drink enough water, get proper sleep. KaneHallBarry Neurology specialty care center for the treatment of vertigo and imbalance problems.

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