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A 24-year-old female asked:

sudden, brief episodes unsteadiness - like for moment world starts spinning. v. disorienting. slight cold, slight temperature, but nothing else. why?

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 33 years experience
Possibly infectious: It's possible that your cold symptoms represent a viral illness which is either directly or indirectly affecting your ear function either through the balance mechanism which we'd call a vestibular neuritis (caused by the virus) or perhaps your Eustachian tubes are a little inflamed or blocked which can also lead to feelings of dizziness or vertigo.

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Last updated Jan 25, 2015

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