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A 43-year-old member asked:

i have been getting light headed a lot lately. what could this be and what should i do?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Multiple possible: There are many possible causes for symptoms like these, including anemia, medication side effects, dehydration, etc. Please see your doctor as soon as you can for a proper medical workup.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

What do I do if I get light headed a lot?

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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Hydration and diet: Some people become lightheaded when changing to standing from a sitting or laying position. Move so slowly to let your body adjust to blood moving away from your head. Drinking plenty of fluids and maintaining a well balanced diet are helpful in preventing lightheaded feelings. If you are still noticing these episodes, see your doctor to have the problem investigated further.
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A 20-year-old member asked:

How come after I get light headed I see sparkles.?

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Dr. MANOHAR CHENCHUGALLA
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Decreased blood: To the brain. Usually caused by low blood pressure or ? Mild stroke, block in neck arteries, or heart problem. Can be normal in young. Need evaluation as soon as possible.
A 23-year-old member asked:

For several weeks I have been getting light headed from anything and everything I do. I know this is not normal but I can't figure out why. Can you?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Not enough informati: What is meant by lightheadedness, do you have dizziness , vertigo balance problems general symptoms or are you on medications does it occur only on standing? Have your blood pressure checked lying down and standing!
A 38-year-old member asked:

Why do I feel light headed after sitting?

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Dr. Walter Pierce
Cardiology 36 years experience
Low blood pressure: Blood pools in your legs while sitting. If you stand the body tells the veins and arteries to squeeze in the legs. If your dehydrated or have other conditions the response may not be strong enough to get blood to your brain.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Why do I get light headed after smoking?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Many reasons : Inhalation of cigarette smoke infuses carbon monoxide, particulates, nicotine, carbon dioxide, and many other gases into the lungs with almost instantaneous absorption into the blood (bolus effect) going right to the brain, leading to transient decreases in brain oxygen. This causes dizziness or syncope.

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