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Why do I get dizzy when I move my head?

Why do I get dizzy when I move my head?

BPPV: This may be from a condition known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. See your doctor...If it is bppv they should be able to give you some exercises (epley) to help. Sometimes medications like Meclizine (bonine) can also be helpful if it is bppv. Read more

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Chronic stiff neck/neck pain and pain often goes to the back of my head and I get dizzy when I move my head in certain ways. +neuro problems. Help?!

Chronic stiff neck/neck pain and pain often goes to the back of my head and I get dizzy when I move my head in certain ways. +neuro problems. Help?!

Stiff neck: Any old trauma or whiplashes. You are welcome to check with the neurologist first to exclude rare but serious problems but most cases are helped by an osteopath, physiatrist or chiropractor. Read more

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I feel like I am swelling inside including nasal swellin, can this be why I get dizzy when I move head neck?

I feel like I am swelling inside including nasal swellin, can this be why I get dizzy when I move head neck?

Dizzy: With sinus symptoms can occur especially with ethmoid and sphenoid sinus involvement. Tell your doctor about the dizziness with head movements. If you run a fever with this see the doctor right away. Read more

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I go dizzy head pounds and my legs tingle all at the same time everytime I stand. Even when I get up slow. And I go dizzy when I move my head sideways?

I go dizzy head pounds and my legs tingle all at the same time everytime I stand. Even when I get up slow. And I go dizzy when I move my head sideways?

See a neurologist: Or orofacial pain specialist to rule out movement or balance disorder caused by the neurological deficit. This is a serious medical condition needs to be evaluated. See a neurologist for consultation, imaging and treatment. Take care. Read more

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Out of nowhere I got very dizzy the room seemed to twist. When I sit still I am fine but when I move my head or stand up I get very dizzy again. Why?

Out of nowhere I got very dizzy the room seemed to twist. When I sit still I am fine but when I move my head or stand up I get very dizzy again. Why?

Barany's: This is probably barany's positional vertigo. Get with a neurologist and/or an otolaryngologist. Be very careful when you drive until this gets straightened out. Read more

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What to do if I get really dizzy and room spins when I move my head around?

What to do if I get really dizzy and room spins when I move my head around?

See otolaryngologist: Although you may have benign postural vertigo, sounds more like otolithic problems within inner ear which could respond to physical therapy with vestibular therapist, and an Epley maneuver might turn all of this around. Start with ENT specialist. Read more

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Should I get medical attention? I have been having dizziness and nausea for two days now when I move my head

Should I get medical attention? I have been having dizziness and nausea for two days now when I move my head

Those: Those are fairly nonspecific symptoms, meaning that they could represent anything from a simple cold to meningitis. When there's doubt, it's always a good idea to see a doctor.

If you have pain in your neck when you touch your chin to your chest, that's a worrisome sign, and makes it even more important that you be evaluated by a doctor. Read more

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I having issues with mu tounge being numb and tingling. Then when I move my head I get dizzy and a pressute pounding noise.

I having issues with mu tounge being numb and tingling. Then when I move my head I get dizzy and a pressute pounding noise.

Need more history: Without knowing whether the tongue symptoms are one side or both and intermittent or constant, I'd say start with talking to your primary care doctor or a HealthTap consult to get a full history. Good luck! Read more

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I woke up today so dizzy everytime I move my head or stand up, also felt some bad nausea. I am in the ER now, but is there any anti-dizziness medicine I can get over-the-counter to prevent it?

Complex Issue: I would like to know why you are getting dizzy before treating it. Many things can cause dizziness such as ear infections, baro-reflex dysautonomia, regular or vestibular migraines, disorders of your inner ear, anemia, dehydration, and ms (very rare). Please follow-up with your regular doctor if it recurs. Some people tolerate Meclizine well but the cause of your dizziness needs to be found. Read more

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For the past 7 months I have had episodes through out the days if I move to quickly or my head moves to fast I kinda get dizzy lightheaded?

For the past 7 months I have had episodes through out the days if I move to quickly or my head moves to fast I kinda get dizzy lightheaded?

BPPV: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Is the dizziness vertiginous, meaning, is there a spinning component to the dizziness? If so, and if the dizziness definitely gets worse with head movement, then this is likely the bppv. If other symptoms occur, the DX can change. Tx is usually maneuvers, decongestants, sometimes steroids, and sometimes Meclizine or other meds for symptomatic dizziness. Read more

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Is there an explanation for when I'm going to bed and sit up, stand up, or just move my head in general I get dizzy? Sometimes I get a headache too.

Is there an explanation for when I'm going to bed and sit up, stand up, or just move my head in general I get dizzy? Sometimes I get a headache too.

There are many: Possible causes for this, such as dehydration, viruses, other illnesses, inner ear problems, middle ear problems, among others. There are also some people who have this and find nothing wrong on a medical evaluation. However, I would recommend you see your doctor to be examined and discuss this with him/her. Read more

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Always feel light headed and dizzy. It's worse when I get up and move around. Even worse riding in a vehicle. Feel like my head is wobbling backnforth?

Always feel light headed and dizzy. It's worse when I get up and move around. Even worse riding in a vehicle. Feel like my head is wobbling backnforth?

See an ENT doctor: At our age, this is very unusual., you need to see a specialist to see if you have any inner ear problems. Do you drink too much or use illegal substance? These cold also cause such chronic issues, even in young people. Read more

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What can cause pain in the back of the head and neck. Then when you move you get very wobbly and dizzy?

What can cause pain in the back of the head and neck. Then when you move you get very wobbly and dizzy?

Neck pain and Dizzy: There are numerous possibilities... So serious. Your pcp, ent, or neurologist should be able to start the process to determine the cause. Read more

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Migraines. They feel ok if I still but if I move a little I get dizzy and nauseous and my head feels like it's to explode. I'm pregnant. Help?

Migraines. They feel ok if I still but if I move a little I get dizzy and nauseous and my head feels like it's to explode. I'm pregnant. Help?

Migraine and preg: Migraines can be difficult to treat. Pregnancy limits the options available for migraine treatment.

These treatments may be helpful:
tylenol / acetaminophen
compazine
magnesium for prevention?

There are other options too. Be sure to ask your medical provider. Read more

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My head feels like its going to exploode. I can't lift my head, move, even talking hurts. I have gotten sick a couple times when I stand up I get dizzy?

My head feels like its going to exploode. I can't lift my head, move, even talking hurts. I have gotten sick a couple times when I stand up I get dizzy?

Proceed to ED: A headache associated with signs like difficulty speaking or moving should be seen immediately. Could just be migraine but could be something more serious like stroke. Read more

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With my IIH, is it normal for my eyes to hurt when I move them, and when I blink? I also get dizzy/head feels weird when I look up from reading?

With my IIH, is it normal for my eyes to hurt when I move them, and when I blink? I also get dizzy/head feels weird when I look up from reading?

Dizzy yes//eye pain?: The dizziness & head feeling weird is commonly heard about in IIH. I don't hear people mention eye pain to tell you the truth but I can certainly understand the mechanism since people do complain of deep behind the eye pain which likely represents swelling of the optic nerve and if this is present then, eye movements can be painful. So I think it's more likely that your Sx's are IIH related. Read more