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how to know if i have i have dizziness..vertigo or hypoglycemia?

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Spinning: Vertigo is the sensation of abnormal movement or spinning - usually worse with certain head movements. Vertigo is caused by ear disorders usually. Hypoglycemia typically causes lightheadedness, sweats, shakes and is made better by eating.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How is vertigo treated?

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Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology 32 years experience
Depends on cause: Most acquired vertigo is due to inflamation of the middle ear apparatus and steroids help a great deal in my opinion. Vertigo can also be caused by specific stroke types or migraines, and at times even epilepsy! need to determine what type, which neurologists are trained to do.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Does vertigo always last a long time?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
It can vary: Depending on the cause it can last anywhere from seconds to hours, weeks or years. Each cause has its own time period. If you are concerned about a particular case please give more specifics.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Are there different types of vertigo?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Yes and no: Vertigo will always be vertigo (false sense of motion or false sense of room motion). But, vertigo can be caused by many different things. In general, you can have either peripheral (inner ear problem) or central vertigo (brain/brainstem problem). Then out of each of these, there are many causes of vertigo. Ents and/or neurologists are the best doctors to see for an evaluation of vertigo.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What causes positional vertigo?

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Dr. Marcel Hungs
Neurology 26 years experience
Crystals in your ear: This is usually caused by benign positional paroxysmal vertigo (bppv). A doctor can diagnose this on a physical exam and rule out other diseases. Little "crystals" in your ear that get lose and irritate sensors in your balance organ in your ear. We all have those crystals. A neurologist or ear-nose-throat doctor can re-position them with a harmless physical maneuver.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

I'm struggling with dizziness and vertigo, my doctor claims it's labrynthitis but it has been going on for a month now. Feels like it's getting worse.

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Dr. Chirag Patel
Specializes in Neurology
See a neurologist: These symptoms may represent a headache or other neurological condition (for example, BPPV), sinus issues, vasovagal response, or a vascular/blood flow issue. You should keep a log of the location, timing, duration, and intensity of these episodes and take the log with you to a neurologist. Avoid sudden head turns. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001420.htm

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