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My boyfriend is having bad dizzy spells he can not lay on his right side and when he sits up or gets up he is sick he is a 42 year old male

My boyfriend is having bad dizzy spells he can not lay on his right side and when he sits up or gets up he is sick he is a 42 year old male

Dizziness: Dizziness is a very ambiguous term. It can mean 'the room spinning' or 'lightheaded like I'm going to faint'. However, most problems causing dizziness from 'lightheadedness' aren't a problem when laying flat so this sounds more like 'the room spinning'. The medical term for this problem is 'vertigo'. The fact that the vertigo is worse with change in position (rolling on to his right side or sitting up) would make this a 'positional vertigo'. This sounds very much like a problem with the inner ear; specifically. .. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. This diagnosis can be confirmed with some simple bedside tests performed by your family medicine doctor, ENT physician, or neurologist. Often taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for several days can be helpful but just so you know the vertigo should begin to improve within a week. In addition, remember that there shouldn't be other accompanying problems otherwise this wouldn't be the correct diagnosis.

Why do I know so much about this. .. Because I experienced it personally when I was an intern (that was a rough couple of days!)

good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more


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Am 58 yrs old. Taken off hormones over a year ago due to taking warfarin for afib. Having severe hot flashes, nausea, dizzy spells. My nerves are shot?

Am 58 yrs old. Taken off hormones over a year ago due to taking warfarin for afib. Having severe hot flashes, nausea, dizzy spells. My nerves are shot?

Further evaluation: Is required, being on warfarin have some side effects, but further evaluation is needed to find put the reason for all those symptoms ...Read more

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My 13 year old daughter has been having dizzy spells, followed by shaking breathlessness. Blood pressure, test, sugar and heart trace fine?

My 13 year old daughter has been having dizzy spells, followed by shaking breathlessness. Blood pressure, test, sugar and heart trace fine?

Possible anxiety: Provided a doctor has performed a thorough investigation to rule out underlying issues, these symptoms could represent anxiety or panic attacks.
Further assessment by a doctor is recommended to determine if this is the case; and there are many treatment options such as exercise, counselling, medication, relaxation therapies etc. ...Read more

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On 49 years old and I have recently been having dizzy spells?

On 49 years old and I have recently been having dizzy spells?

49 yo w/dizzy spells: It would be good to see your pmd first to check your blood sugars and blood pressure. Cardiac, kidney and eye problems may also cause dizziness. Inflammation of the balance nerve, especially after a recent cold can lead to dizziness.
Your pmd can rule out many of these potential causes and can start treatment if needed. You may also need to see a specialist, like an otolaryngologist (ent). ...Read more

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I'm 22 years old male I have been dizzy off and on all day really quick dizzy spells and blood pressjre is 112/68 pulse is 93-101?

I'm 22 years old male I have been dizzy off and on all day really quick dizzy spells and blood pressjre is 112/68 pulse is 93-101?

Your blood: Pressure appears to be toward the low side and pulse rate is toward the high side. Increase your fluid intake like drinking extra water, fruit juice, etc., not tea or coffee and see how you will do. If dizziness still persist see your doctor or preferably a heart specialist. ...Read more

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My daughter is 7 years old. She has been complaining of dizzy spells at least 2 to 3 times per day. No other symptoms. What could be the possible cause? She is a staph carrier.

My daughter is 7 years old. She has been complaining of dizzy spells at least 2 to 3 times per day. No other symptoms. What could be the possible cause? She is a staph carrier.

Vertigo: Middle ear infection is the most common cause of dizziness. Dizziness can mean various things: lightheaded to spinning the head if it is spinning then go to doctor for ear examination. If lightheaded, then circulatory causes such as dehydration, anemia, hemoglobin related and cardiac function including rhythm. To see a doctor will be ideal. ...Read more

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Fainting, dizzy spells only 26 years old. Not dehydrated, no orthostatic BP issue, bloodwork norm. Could it be related to hormones?

Fainting, dizzy spells only 26 years old. Not dehydrated, no orthostatic BP issue, bloodwork norm. Could it be related to hormones?

Probably not: The most common cause in your age range is vasovagal disease assuming you have no significant heart disease. Tilt table testing is used to diagnose this but you should have a full assessment. ...Read more

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Overwhweight male 36 years old blood pressure 110/60. Complains of dizzy spells. Has hypothyroidism 75 mg levothyroxin what should be done? Ekg ok

Overwhweight male 36 years old blood pressure 110/60. Complains of dizzy spells. Has hypothyroidism 75 mg levothyroxin what should be done? Ekg ok

See doctor: He should be evaluated by his doctor to figure out what is the problem. He needs a proper history and physical exam. An ekg only represents a moment in time. The causes of dizziness are many. ...Read more

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I am 19 years old. I have dizzy spells when I get up from bed and taking hot showers, abdominal pains ocassionally, rapid heart beat. What can this be?

I am 19 years old. I have dizzy spells when I get up from bed and taking hot showers, abdominal pains ocassionally, rapid heart beat. What can this be?

Spells: Your symptoms sound like drops in blood pressure. Sometimes this is termed orthostatic hypotension or neurocardiogenic syncope if it leads to actual fainting. Have your doctor check your pressure lying down, sitting up, and standing. ...Read more

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For about a year I've been experiencing nausea that can last for several hours. I also have dizzy spells that have becoming more frequent.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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For about a year I've been experiencing nausea that can last for several hours. I also have dizzy spells that have becoming more frequent.

Nausea/dizziness: Many causes possible, such as Migraines, inner ear problem, motion sickness, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, diabetes, early pregnancy, hyperventilation, etc.
My recommendation is to seek medical attention if symptoms severe or other symptoms are noted. ...Read more

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I have dizzy spells, numbness and pain in extremities for over a year, what could it be?

I have dizzy spells, numbness and pain in extremities for over a year, what could it be?

Many causes: As you have had these symptoms for over a year the cause may well be a benign one but peripheral neuropathy (itself multifactorial) or other general medical conditions should be excluded. ...Read more

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I have rectal bleeding 5 years and minor hemmorhoids that don't go away, is it cause of my daily dizzy spells this past year? What do I do?

I have rectal bleeding 5 years and minor hemmorhoids that don't go away, is it cause of my daily dizzy spells this past year? What do I do?

See a doctor: If you have been having rectal bleeding for 5 years you should be seen by a colorectal surgeon. If it is not your anemia that is producing light-headedness, and you actually have vertigo (sense of rotation around the environment or environment around you or feeling you are going to fall forward when you look down) you should also get evaluated by your pcp. ...Read more

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Been feeling like I cant move my hands correctly. Dizzy spells in the morning and feeling of pressure thrue my whole body been going on for a year.

Been feeling like I cant move my hands correctly. Dizzy spells in the morning and feeling of pressure thrue my whole body been going on for a year.

Need examination: If it's been going on for a year then, it's not a stroke & if symptoms are the same severity now as when they started then, it's not likely to be a brain tumor aneursym, etc. However, there still could be other problems in someone of your age that could cause you to have difficulty "moving your hands" correctly. You need a good physical examination by a doctor who can think of other possibilities ...Read more

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For about the last year and a half I get bad dizzy spells and vertigo to a point where I can't walk, I start into cold sweats and vomiting. It's usual?

For about the last year and a half I get bad dizzy spells and vertigo to a point where I can't walk, I start into cold sweats and vomiting. It's usual?

No: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. You ought to consult a neurologist for an evaluation. 18 months is too long to wait for an assessment of your health.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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After being on 50 mg of co-sertraline for a year and a bit should I be having withdrawal like dizzy spells migraines diarrhea and personality changes?

After being on 50 mg of co-sertraline for a year and a bit should I be having withdrawal like dizzy spells migraines diarrhea and personality changes?

Suddenly stopped yes: If you suddenly stopped taking your sertraline without being gradually tapered off of the medication, you could have withdrawal symptoms some of which you've mentioned. Talk to your prescribing doctor to see if you should get off the medication and how. ...Read more

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I've had extreme fatigue for almost a year, accompanied by dizzy spells, muscle cramps or weakness daily, and now I'm experiencing shortness of breath?

I've had extreme fatigue for almost a year, accompanied by dizzy spells, muscle cramps or weakness daily, and now I'm experiencing shortness of breath?

Many causes: You have significant symptoms for long. These can be due to hormonal imbalance, vitamin deficiencies, heart, liver or kidney problems amongst other reasons. I urge you to see your family doctor as soon as possible. Best wishes ...Read more

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I'm 5+5 days pregnant, this is my 3rd pregnancy this year I don't feel right, I have lower bk ache getting head ache and dizzy spells, bloated stomach?

I'm 5+5 days pregnant, this is my 3rd pregnancy this year I don't feel right, I have lower bk ache getting head ache and dizzy spells, bloated stomach?

Pregnancy: None of the symptoms described by you are specific. Those are fairly common complaints seen in a lot of pregnant women especially in early pregnancy. I would have you consult your doc to discuss those with him as he is more intimately familiar with your pregnancy than any of us. ...Read more

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Fatigue, numb nose, blurry vision and dizzy spells. Complicated med history for a year. Went to doctor and she diagnosed a cold? Worried she is wrong?

Fatigue, numb nose, blurry vision and dizzy spells. Complicated med history for a year. Went to doctor and she diagnosed a cold? Worried she is wrong?

Neurologist: A cold does not last for a year. If you are having blurred vision and dizzy spells, you should see a neurologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Good day I have been having dizzy spells that sometimes last 2 days and have been like this for about 2 years I have seen doctors and done tests.

Dr. Zz K Dr. K
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Good day I have been having dizzy spells that sometimes last 2 days and have been like this for about 2 years I have seen doctors and done tests.

Dizziness: Too bad that you have an undiagnosed condition- am sure that you have already had an echo, carotid ultrasound, MRI brain and arrhythmia monitoring- with tests for adrenal, thyroid health. Pls feel better. Always hydrate. ...Read more

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I've been getting dizzy spells quite frequently in the last couple of weeks. I sit down but the dizziness continues. I'm a 54 yr old female. What c?

I've been getting dizzy spells quite frequently in the last couple of weeks. I sit down but the dizziness continues. I'm a 54 yr old female. What c?

Exam: You may be suffering from benign positional vertigo, assuming you are not fainting or having any seizures; however, this can also be caused by multiple medical conditions like anemia or hypoglycemia. I strongly suggest a medical examination and you can use OTC DramamineII (Dramamine-2) to stabilise your inner ear until seen. Please only use as directed: 1 tableet AM/PM ...Read more

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Having unstable feelings and dizzy spells for years, what's wrong with me?

MAYBE THIS: Some people get dizzy because their blood pressure is generally low or slow to react when they stand up. Others may be anemic without knowing it. And there are other things. If it has gone on for years there's probably no immediate danger but. . . Good idea to find out what it is. See the dr & have the dr evaluate this. ...Read more

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Dizzy spells in 16 yr old daughter?

Dizzy spells in 16 yr old daughter?

Make sure: She is not anemic, anorexic and bulimic! If she is not eating healthy, this could cause her to be dizzy. Make sure she goes see her physician to check her blood, blood pressure, neurochecks and other medical conditions that cause dizziness. Need more detailed history to help. ...Read more