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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

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

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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

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Nauseous, dizzy when moving around, left side of head pounding, this only happens when I get up and move about. Been happening for past couple days?

Nauseous, dizzy when moving around, left side of head pounding, this only happens when I get up and move about. Been happening for past couple days?

Possible migraine: You may have a migraine headache. These are typically on one side of the head, pounding, & worsen upon moving. They can last days are frequently in the company of nauseousness & dizziness/vertigo & can come on without warning. You should see your doctor & may like to start keeping a journal of these things since it could happen again. BTW, is your period anywhere close? ...Read more

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Sometimes in social group settings I will get light headed, dizzy, and my eyes, when moved around, feel weird (slight tingle). Can this be anxiety?

Sometimes in social group settings I will get light headed, dizzy, and my eyes, when moved around, feel weird (slight tingle). Can this be anxiety?

It could be: If it only happens in certain social groups it may be due to anxiety
but to be on the safe side I will suggest you have it checked by your family doctor. ...Read more

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I have low iron levels and am so tired I can hardly move or breathe, and I get dizzy and light headed. When would it be necessary to go to a hospital?

I have low iron levels and am so tired I can hardly move or breathe, and I get dizzy and light headed. When would it be necessary to go to a hospital?

Symptomatic anemia: You should see a doctor - now. Would call for an urgent visit, if not your doctor in a day, would go to an urgent care center or emergency to be seen. ...Read more

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I have a sore neck and everytime I turn my head, my vision goes funny. It feels like my brain moves and I get dizzy and nauseous. What should I do?

I have a sore neck and everytime I turn my head, my vision goes funny. It feels like my brain moves and I get dizzy and nauseous. What should I do?

Dissection?: I would recommend seeing your doctor soon. Not enough info or exam to tell, but could be a vertebral dissection or narrowing of a blood vessel in back of head. Special imaging is needed to look for this, and complications can be devastating if gone undiagnosed, . ...Read more

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22yr old female feel dizzy when I move my head and slight nauseous. Can walk normally. Takin sertraline 100mg?

22yr old female feel dizzy when I move my head and slight nauseous. Can walk normally. Takin sertraline 100mg?

Possible BPPV: You may be describing a condition known as BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)...common in some young people who are active in sports such as running, jumping, intense movements, etc. Check with your doctor and they can examine you for it to see if that diagosis fits. If so, try not taking more medication before trying to treat it conservatively using specific exercises. ...Read more

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For a week and a half now I've been feeling very dizzy when I move my head around. Also my left hand and left leg have a weak feeling.

For a week and a half now I've been feeling very dizzy when I move my head around. Also my left hand and left leg have a weak feeling.

Migraine aura?: Do you get migraine with aura? If so, this could be a migraine aura without headache (yes, this exists). I'd recommend you have an evaluation from a neurologist, who will decide whether you need brain imaging. If you'd like to discuss further, I'm available for a virtual consult. ...Read more

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Why do I get dizzy when I lay my head back?

Dizziness: This might be benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or bppv. See an ent. The doctor may be able to perform a modified epley maneuver, which has a >90% rate of improving your dizziness. ...Read more

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Why do I get dizzy when I hold my head back?

Why do I get dizzy when I hold my head back?

Get thee to a doctor: Dizziness may be benign, but if you can reproduce symptoms with neck positioning, it may signify arterial insufficiency that could make it more likely for you to have a posterior circulatory stoke. You need to see a neurologist for evaluation to separate this condition from an inner ear or sinus problem. ...Read more

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Why do I get dizzy when I lay on the left side of my head?

Why do I get dizzy when I lay on the left side of my head?

A few thots: Maybe a local inner ear issue on the left, or perhaps, arterial compression in neck due to position, or even intracranial issues such as colloid cyst presentation. In some cases, a videonystagmogram will provide localization and therapeutic directions. If inner ear, an epley maneuver may work wonders. ...Read more