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What Is The Actural Cause Of Dizziness Or Vertigo
Many causes: Vertigo is a sensation of you or your environment spinning. This implies dysfunction in the balance system, from brainstem to inner ear. Obviously many causes including toxins, drugs, infection, brain injury, stroke, tumor, irritating blood vessels, congenital anomalies & many, many more. Dizziness is a vague, ill-defined term which has therefor a much broader range of possible causes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Viral illness: "labyrinthitis" typically refers to an acute inner ear condition associated with vertigo and often secondary nausea and/or vomiting. The most severe symptoms last 1-3 days but dysequilibrium may persist for several additional weeks. It is thought to be associated with a viral illness. ...Read more
Many causes: Hypotension can be caused by many causes - sometimes it is normal, other times by medications or metaboloic conditions such as low thyroid. Hypotension causing shock can be hypovolemic (from loss of blood), cardiogenic (heart function not working well), obstructive (pulmonary embolism causing blood vessel obstruction), or distriubutive (think sepsis, low adrenal function, anaphyaxis, toxins). ...Read more
DEPENDS: Dizziness is a symptom and not a diagnosis. There are numerous causes , from anxiety to blood pressure changes hormonal imbalance cerebellar or ear problems , metabolic abnormalities to severe cervical spondylosis. If it is really accompanied with a sensation of rotation(vertigo) it is more likely to be due to a physical cause. ...Read more
Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more
What we know: Migraine is inherited due to family genetics. We also are aware that sufferers are sensitive to external and internal triggers which set off glutamate receptors in the brain. The process results in electrical/chemical reactions in brainstem and ultimately parts of brain with release of a series of chemicals that cause pain and to a lesser extent blood vessel changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dehydration or Vagal: Depends on what you mean. If stepping into a hot environment suddenly causes you to faint, you may be having a vagal reaction or sudden vasodilation causing pooling of your blood away from your brain. If you are in the heat for a while, you may faint from dehydration and "hypovolemia" ...Read more
Long term headache : Many causes - some that rise to the top as frequent but not life threatening - insomnia or poor quality sleep. Dietary sensitivities, can be assessed by elimination diet. Chronic infection in sinuses or teeth, jaw pain or pathology, cervical (neck) arthritis or chronic stress and tension. If you live at altitude, check for hypoxia (low oxygen) especially during sleep. ...Read more
Is increasingly worsening tinnitus cause for concern?What are some of the causes of an increased volume or persistence of ringing?
Persistent Tinnitus: Great quest. Although tinnitus is a common (typically benign) condition, it is worth mentioning any changes to a specialist. It can result from a # of diff causes (meds, vascular, neurologic) but most are idiopathic (unknown cause). Standard eval inclds a hearing test, followed by an ENT exam. History is important, so before your visit, try to write down all your sympt's & what makes better/worse. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Numerous: Including tension/muscle contraction headaches, sinus infections, especially frontal or ethmoid sinuses, migraine, giant cell arteritis, referred pain from jaws, neuritis or neuralgias, increased intracranial pressure, eye pain such as glaucoma. Maybe we can help more with a Concierge visit? ...Read more
Motion vs. lighthead: Vertigo is defined as "the sensation of motion in the absence of motion." this will lead to the feeling that either you are moving in some way (spinning is common) or your environment is moving. People with orthostatic hypotension do not typically complain of motion, rather they feel as if they are lightheaded or as if they might faint. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The definition: Benign (nothing to worry about) positional (occurring only when changing head position) vertigo (the sensation of motion where there is no motion). Typically patients experience the sensation of vertigo lasting for a few seconds only when changing position. Between these episodes the patient is fine. It is helped by the epley maneuver. It is caused by loose calcium deposits in the inner ear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Loose otoconia: The most accepted hypothesis for benign positional vertigo is loose otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals) from the utricle ( a structure in the inner ear). When you move your head in a critical position, these crystals move and stimulate the inner ear balance mechanism and the room spins around (vertigo) for 10 to 30 seconds. It is usually self limited and can respond to head exercises. ...Read more
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