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I get double vision and feel woozy after leaning the back of my head on pillow or couch back. What could be the cause of this?

I get double vision and feel woozy after leaning the back of my head on pillow or couch back. What could be the cause of this?

Low blood flow: In some patients the blood vessels that run in the back of your neck to your brain (vertebral arteries) can be pinched by the spine, especially if you have arthritis. This can cause symptoms when you put your head back as the blood flow to your brain is diminished. It could also be caused by spasms of the muscles themselves. You should start by seeing your primary care doctor and getting an exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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Stretched in bed, pushing my head into pillow. Got really dizzy! Could barely sit up. Could pinched nerve cause this?

Stretched in bed, pushing my head into pillow. Got really dizzy! Could barely sit up. Could pinched nerve cause this?

Insufficient data: Please repeat your post and include the reason why you could barely sit up (dizziness vs muscle weakness) and also where in your body you think this "pinched nerve" may be. Your body has nerves everywhere that go everywhere. ...Read more

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Trying to get out of bed today, but everytime i lift my head off the pillow i get a wave of dizziness. Is this serious?

Trying to get out of bed today, but everytime i lift my head off the pillow i get a wave of dizziness. Is this serious?

Several reasons: This could be due to several reasons like benign positional vertigo, dehydration, have a middle ear infection. You should see your primary care doctor. He can do a physical exam and perform some basic tests to find the cause. Good luck! ...Read more

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2 months of bed rest laying on back. Now when I sit up on bed, dizzy headed. Even with my head propped up with pillows still dizzy. This normal?!

2 months of bed rest laying on back. Now when I sit up on bed, dizzy headed. Even with my head propped up with pillows still dizzy. This normal?!

YES: This is called orthostasis- a temporary drop in BP when going from a supine ( laying face up ) to an upright position- may be due to prolonged bedrest. ...Read more

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Pulsatile headache on the right part of my head , neck pain and dizziness for over than one month.Pain feels like a pressure when i stay on my pillow.

Pulsatile headache on the right part of my head , neck pain and dizziness for over than one month.Pain feels like a pressure when i stay on my pillow.

Hemicrania continua: Hemicrania continua is a rare continuous one-sided headache that never shifts sides. The typical presentation is a dull throbbing ache. The primary area of pain is located in the ocular temporal region, pain may also be experienced in the maxilla or in the occipital region. The patient usually responds to indomethacin within 48 hours. Rec. See headache or orofacial pain specialist. ...Read more

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When I sleep on only 1 pillow at night, I wake up very dizzy (not vertigo) & my entire head stings. I am normal weight & have no breathing problems.

When I sleep on only 1 pillow at night, I wake up very dizzy (not vertigo) & my entire head stings. I am normal weight & have no breathing problems.

May be unrelated: One pillow may not have any relation to your symptoms. You may try no pillow or multiple pillows. You may be clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth in sleep. It may help to consult your dentist and may be use a mouth prosthesis. ...Read more

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Why do I get double vision and feel woozy after leaning my head back?

Why do I get double vision and feel woozy after leaning my head back?

Circulation issue: The back of the neck contains the vertebral arteries, the blood supply to the back of the brain, hearing, balance and vision centers. Leaning your head back, if it consistently causes deficits in these functions might mean there is compromise to these arteries. You should see a neurologist to get started as this may be progressive and lead to permanent changes. ...Read more

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How to know how bad a head injury is and what to do if woozy?

How to know how bad a head injury is and what to do if woozy?

Unconsciousness: Head injury severity is determined by the duration of symptoms following the injury. If you have wooziness for less than 15 minutes you are probably ok, if it lasts longer than an hour it is more serious, if you are unaware of your surroundings for more than a day it is very serious. ...Read more

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What can the problem be when you get woozy in your car and you have to shake your head to concentrate?

What can the problem be when you get woozy in your car and you have to shake your head to concentrate?

Fatigue?: Most commonly that is a symptom of drivers fatigue. Narcolepsy & other dyssomnias should also be considered. Seizures or hypoglycemia are less likely. See your doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

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