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What could cause me to feel dizzy and like I'm falling?

What could cause me to feel dizzy and like I'm falling?

Many things: Several things could cause these symptoms. Most commonly a viral infection of the middle ear takes place resulting in vertigo. ...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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Can having low or high blood sugar level cause dizziness and falls?

Can having low or high blood sugar level cause dizziness and falls?

Yes.: Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) both affect mental status, and can affect balance. You could certainly attribute dizziness or falls to extreme low or high blood sugar. However there are multiple other causes too (heart problems, anemia, etc) so you need to discuss this with your doctor to make sure something important isn't missed. ...Read more

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I am young, healthy weight w/ autoimmune condition & likely autonomic disorder. When falling asleep, I often stop breathing & wake up super dizzy. Cause?

I am young, healthy weight w/ autoimmune condition & likely autonomic disorder. When falling asleep, I often stop breathing & wake up super dizzy. Cause?

Apnea: The dizzy could be related to your lack of air. Why you stop breathing is hard to say, may have sleep apnea, but I'm having a hard time tying this into your autoimmune problem unless if affects respiratory muscles. ...Read more

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Episodes of dizziness head pressure, head feels swollen, blurry vision, feeling "drunk", feeling of dizzy & falling when lying on back, awaken frequently at night only during episodes. Possible causes?

Episodes of dizziness head pressure, head feels swollen, blurry vision, feeling "drunk", feeling of dizzy & falling when lying on back, awaken frequently at night only during episodes. Possible causes?

Bppv: You have the most common cause of dizziness. It is called benign positional vertigo. It is caused by having small crystals (calcium deposits that have broken off from the sense organ in the semicircular canal). These crystals give you the sensation you are moving, when you are not and they make you feel dizzy or lightheaded. This will wake you up from your sleep. See an ENT to fix it ...Read more

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What are the causes of dizziness and shakiness?

What are the causes of dizziness and shakiness?

Glucose level: If it is too low, or to high. Even your blood pressure being too low or too high. Inner ear disease may also be a cause of dizziness/being unsteady. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dizziness?

What are the causes of dizziness?

Probale inner ear: When asked to explain dizziness; most patients describe it as a feeling of one or more of "lightheaded, spinning, tilting, falling, loss of balance" triggered by change of head or body position. It is probably due to irritation of nerve of inner ear by (otoconia) which are gravels in ear. Some patients may call a feeling of faintness as dizzy but this is rare. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dizziness fainting and tunnel vision?

What are the causes of dizziness fainting and tunnel vision?

BP problem: Usually this is a postural hypotensive issue that can occur if you are anemic or have a weakly responsive vascular system to such activities as standing up after crouching or sitting for a long time. If this is consistent, and the vision recovers fully in between, then your family doctor should be contacted for an analysis of your cardiovascular system. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dizziness after a hit to the head and will it go away?

What are the causes of dizziness after a hit to the head and will it go away?

Concussion: You can develop a labyrinthine (inner ear) concussion from a blow to the head causing dizziness for several weeks. It usually spontaneously recovers over time ...Read more

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What are the causes of dizziness & short term memory loss?

Many things.: Many things. These 2 symptoms are common in dozens of diseases. Must see your doctor. First to rule out are: 1. Accidental otc drug overdose; 2. Psychological problems, such as depression or acute panic syndrome. 3. Heart beating abnormalities. 4. Ear, sinus infections. 5. Then work onto possible diabetes, ms, alzheimers and dozens of other illnesses. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dizziness during week 33 of pregnancy?

Many causes: Dehydration, low blood sugar, infections are just the start of a long list. Call your OB and discuss. Dizziness should be addressed, not ignored. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dizziness and tunnel vision/temporary loss of vision?

Blood pressure: The most frequent symptoms of low blood pressure can be dizziness and temporary loss of side vision (closing in). Be sure to have this checked out first with a simple blood pressure test. ...Read more

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What causes Dizziness?

What causes Dizziness?

Dizziness-many cause: Dizziness is a symptom, not a diagnosis. This means many different causes of many different diseases may affect our balance, creating a lightheaded sensation, unsteadiness when changing positions, and occasionally a rotating sensation. The diagnosis in each individual is suggested most by major symptom, frequency and duration of symptom, what causes, what relieves, and presence of numerous meds. ...Read more

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What is the cause of the recurrent sudden dizziness that lasts for seconds? When I'm standing or even sitting, I feel everything spinning around me

What is the cause of the recurrent sudden dizziness that lasts for seconds? When I'm standing or even sitting, I feel everything spinning around me

Probably benign: There is a difference between dizziness, as in lightheaded, and spinning sensation. If it is lightheaded with position changes [stand, or sit up] then it could just be a mild drop in blood pressure. If it is spinning sensation, triggered by position change, eg head turn, then it may be inner ear. This is most often benign and goes away on it's own. If it persists or gets worse, go see a doctor ...Read more

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What could cause dizziness?

What could cause dizziness?

Many things: Difficulties with the inner ear and migraines are common causes of dizziness, but there are multiple other possible causes including your heart or neurological problems.

Good place to start would be with your primary care or ENT doctor ...Read more

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What causes a sudden dizziness?

What causes a sudden dizziness?

Many Causes: Many things cause sudden dizziness. It could be an inner ear problem, heart condition, low blood sugar, vagal response, nerve condition or simply dehydration. If it is a recurring thing, it is time to see your doctor and have it examined further. One time episodes can be a sign of something worse, so unless you are generally a healthy person, evaluation of your dizziness is important. ...Read more

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What causes one to have dizziness?

What causes one to have dizziness?

Lots: Not a specific symptom- lightheaded? Fell like impending faint? Equilibrium off? Room spinning? You spinning? Related to position or position change? All have different causes; can be related to sinus, inner ear, brian issues; blood pressure or heart rhythm problems, dehydration, medications. Worth a doctor visit esp if recurring, chronic, assoc wi/ visual, hearing changes, headaches, etc. ...Read more

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What causes dizziness all the time?

What causes dizziness all the time?

Constant dizziness: Dizziness describes different sensations to different people. Do you mean a spinning sensation, a feeling of faintness, or a sensation of unsteadiness when you walk? These different symptoms can be caused by disruption of different parts of the balance system. Inner ear inflammation, a tumor along the hearing/balance nerve, heart muscle or rhythm issues, brain anomalies, medications, among others. ...Read more

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I'm just curious. What is the causes for dizziness in different positions.?

I'm just curious. What is the causes for dizziness in different positions.?

Dizzy: Positional "postural" dizziness can be due to a number of causes. Most commonly would be either a vestibular (middle/inner ear) or causes related to hydration. The brain is very stingy when it comes to wanting blood flow and oxygen. There are mechanisms in place to keep the blood moving from the heart to the brain. Often dehydration disrupt this normal process resulting in dizziness. ...Read more

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What causes lightheadedness and dizziness?

What causes lightheadedness and dizziness?

Lots of things!: Sorting out the significance of those symptoms depends on accompanied circumstances (precipitating events, duration, palpitations), objective findings (abnormal cardiac or neurologic exam), age (younger, older), etc. Often these may be relatively benign (if younger patient and not objective abnormalities), but may also be a harbinger of more serious underlying conditions. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes dizziness and a retracted eardrum?

Dizziness: You may have a middle ear infection. You need to see your doctor or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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What causes dizziness at 32weeks of pregnancy?

Lightheaded: Dizziness can either be a spinning type (vertigo) or lightheadedness. Vertigo may be caused by an inner ear problem and is worse on turning your head. Lightheadedness can be caused by low blood pressure, anemia, slow heart rate, nausea. See your physician for an exam. ...Read more

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What could cause dizzy and have tummy pains?

What could cause dizzy and have tummy pains?

Anything: Most people think their whole abdomen is their stomach, but the stomach is in the upper middle or upper left of the abdomen. If your lower abdomen hurts, that could be your skin, muscles, bladder, uterus, or intestines. If the upper part of your abdomen hurts, it could be acid reflux, pancreatitis, or other problems. See a doctor for an assessment. ...Read more

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What causes dizziness?

Dizziness: Many things. Here is a broad category list:
1. Inner ear problems
2. Neurologic problems
3. Hormonal/metabolic problems
4. Anemia
5. Dehydration
6. Cardiovascular/circulatory problems
7. Anxiety
8. Infection
9. Autoimmune disorder

so...Lots of things to look at but before any testing ordered someone should take a very comprehensive history of your symptoms to guide the testing. ...Read more

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What can cause dizziness?

What can cause dizziness?

See your doctor: These symptoms can't be solved in this forum. You need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden dizziness?

Many things: The cause of your dizziness can only be determined by a careful history in regards to what you experience when you feel dizzy, how long it lasts, what other symptoms it is associated with you. The determination begins with your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause morning dizziness?

What is dizziness?: Dizziness is a non-medical term, which is vague & non-diagnostic because it means many different things. Common meanings such as lightheadedness, floating, near-fainting, spinning are well-known but there at least 50 other descriptions of this non-descript word. What is your "dizziness"? Define it better to get a better answer. ...Read more

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Why does swinging cause dizziness?

Why does swinging cause dizziness?

Vertigo: You probably have positional vertigo. During swinging there is change of head and body position which triggers vertigo. ...Read more

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Could certain foods cause dizziness?

Don't think so: Foods themselves do not cause dizziness. If you have an abnormal release of Insulin in response to certain foods then your sugar could drop suddenly causing the sense of dizziness. ...Read more

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What caused dizziness when looking up?

Arthritis: One possibility is advanced cervical spine arthritis causing interruption of the vascular supply to the cerebellum due to the overextension of the neck! ...Read more

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Can bad eating habits cause dizziness?

Can bad eating habits cause dizziness?

Please Clarify: Your question is way too ambiguous for any specific or valid medical answer. ...Read more

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What can cause dizziness upon standing?

What can cause dizziness upon standing?

Cardiac issues: Dizzyness upon standing is usually a result of insufficient blood flow to the brain. This can happen from dehyrdation or it can happen from problems with your heart. It is best that you run these complaints by your primary md so that you can be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes dizziness when bending down?

What causes dizziness when bending down?

Probale inner ear: Likely benign positional vertigo. See a neurologist or an ent. ...Read more

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What can cause dizziness when I lay down?

What can cause dizziness when I lay down?

"dizzy"!??!: So which of the 50 meanings of dizziness are you referring to? Dizziness is not a medical term. It means different things to different people. There is no agreed upon meaning to the word, which therefore has no medical value. If you want a better answer, describe your symptoms better. ...Read more

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What can cause dizziness in my young teen?

Multiple causes: The causes of dizziness are quite varied. Most often, there is not a serious underlying condition; however, there are some that are very important to exclude. A complete evaluation is indicated for persistent symptoms. ...Read more

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What could be a cause of chronic dizziness?

What could be a cause of chronic dizziness?

Many causes: Difficult question. Often inner ear. Requires thorough eval because of the chronicity. ...Read more

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What can cause me to have constant dizziness?

What can cause me to have constant dizziness?

Acoustic neuroma: Is a benign intracranial tumor that puts pressure on the 8th cranial nerve. This is the most invasive possibilities. Others include:
low blood pressure,
low blood o2,
iron deficiency, or
low blood sugar. ...Read more

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What're the common causes of random dizziness?

Ears drugs migraine: Infection or dysfunction of the ear can cause a for of vertigo and dizziness which can be severe. Medications and drugs will often have side effect of dizziness. One of the more common symptoms of migraine headaches is dizziness and nausea. Meniere's disease affects the inner ear, and Dilantin toxicity affects the cerebellum and brainstem. Ear infections can cause severe dizziness. ...Read more