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Doctor insights on: Why Is It That When I Stand Up Or Even Look Up I Get Dizzy And Lightheaded

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Why is it that when I stand up or even look up I get dizzy and lightheaded?

Why is it that when I stand up or even look up I get dizzy and lightheaded?

How old are you?: It depends on your age -- if you are 60 or older, there is a possibility that you may have vascular disease that supplies the brain or in the brain itself -- and if you are less than 40 and generally in good health, most likely is volume related or anemia -- but regardless, you need to see your doctor and get checked out -. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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I've never had headaches and now I have one everyday. And I get dizzy and lightheaded when I stand up. I also have been tired. What could this be?

I've never had headaches and now I have one everyday. And I get dizzy and lightheaded when I stand up. I also have been tired. What could this be?

Many possibilities: There are many possibilities, but a likely one is low blood pressure and not drinking enough. If you tend to have lower blood pressure, not keeping yourself well hydrated (especially in the hot summer months) can make these symptoms worse. You should make sure to drink plenty of fluids (preferably without caffeine) and perhaps get your blood pressure checked. ...Read more

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Everytime I cough I get dizzy and lightheaded sometimes even feel as if I can't breath and it's almost Everytime I cough, and it's when I'm sitting ?

Everytime I cough I get dizzy and lightheaded sometimes even feel as if I can't breath and it's almost Everytime I cough, and it's when I'm sitting ?

Cough & dizzy: Do you have a fever? How long have you had the cough? See your MD or consult with us to help. This can happen with many serious conditions depending on your general medical health, BMI, smoking history, etc. ...Read more

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Why is it lately that in the shower I get dizzy and lightheaded I take hot showers this is a new problem for about 2 months is it a seizure?

Why is it lately that in the shower I get dizzy and lightheaded I take hot showers this is a new problem for about 2 months is it a seizure?

Can check BP, anemia: A person who gets overheated will automatically dilate (widen) the blood vessels in his skin so that more blood will flow to the skin. His body does this in hopes of cooling him down, just like the elephant who sends more blood to his ears to cool his body down. The person, however, feels lightheaded and may faint because there is not enough blood flowing his brain (too much blood is in the skin). ...Read more

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For the past month or two, every time I stand or I sit I get lightheaded and dizzy for a few seconds bs it goes away. I have no clue what it is, help?

For the past month or two, every time I stand or I sit I get lightheaded and dizzy for a few seconds bs it goes away. I have no clue what it is, help?

Orthostasis: Orthostasis is caused by common and uncommon illnesses. Dehydration is most common followed by medication effects (usually blood pressure meds), then anemia. Rare stuff after that (protein wasting syndromes, Addisons, small vessel vasculitis, mast cell disease, etc). ...Read more

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I get a somewhat dizzy/lightheaded feeling almost everyday. Its not a spinning dizzyness but sort of a dizzy and lightheaded mix, i'm not sure how els?

I get a somewhat dizzy/lightheaded feeling almost everyday. Its not a spinning dizzyness but sort of a dizzy and lightheaded mix, i'm not sure how els?

Dizzy causes: So many things can cause this. Usually it's not serious but isn't easy to diagnose this way. I usually ask my patients to come in and get seen with this. ...Read more

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I get very lightheaded, dizzy and my vision goes dark when I first stand up. I literally have to hold onto something for about 30-45 seconds. I don't have any health insurance, what could it be?

I get very lightheaded, dizzy and my vision goes dark when I first stand up. I literally have to hold onto something for about 30-45 seconds. I don't have any health insurance, what could it be?

Low blood pressure: Low blood pressure or low blood volume (dehydration can cause that) can make it difficult for your heart to pump blood up to your head when you stand up. There are other more rare causes, but you should probably see a doctor to check it out. This problem is called orthostatic hypotension. ...Read more

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I get light headed and dizzy all the time and i have trimmers?

I get light headed and dizzy all the time and i have trimmers?

Evaluation: It is time for an evaluation face to face with your doctor. Bring all your medications and supplements with you to your appointment. ...Read more

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If i get lightheaded/dizziness, the spinning always to the right (clockwise). What does that mean?

Right handed?: Vertigo or spinning sensation is very common. If the cause is the ear, then there is often a persistent direction of movement sensation. The eyes often will have nystagmus with the jerking only in one direction. This produces the visual effect of spinning in one direction. If ice water is put into your ear, it produces this effect with the eyes shifting to the ice then jerking back. ...Read more

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When I get up everything seems to spin and I feel light headed and dizzy?

When I get up everything seems to spin and I feel light headed and dizzy?

True vertigo: that is the sensation of being pulled to one side or rotating can occur with changes in position of the head relative to gravity and suggest an inner ear problem. Light hotheadedness occurs if the amount of blood is too little for the container (as with dehydration or vasodilatation of the leg vessels) Make sure your BP does not drop when you stand (HR will also rise) If so drink more fluids. ...Read more

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Why when i get up or out of my car i feel dizzy like if i was light headed?

Depends: The transient dizziness can be due to many things from inner ear problem, parasympathetic dysautonmia, or sinus problem.; need more information. ...Read more

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Why do I feel light headed and dizzy when I get home from work. ..I've eaten ok?

Why do I feel light headed and dizzy when I get home from work. ..I've eaten ok?

Variety of factors: As a woman there are other things in your physical being that can contribute to feelings of lightheaded & dizziness men don't have to worry about such as menstrual periods & their effects. There is the question of GOOD HYDRATION?. You say that you eat "Ok" but we'd really need to define that a bit more, right? Then, there're drugs being taken that deserve attention. What's your doctor say? ...Read more

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Why do I feel light headed and dizzy when I get back from work at night. I had eaten ok?

Why do I feel light headed and dizzy when I get back from work at night. I had eaten ok?

R/O VERTIGO: The symptoms may be secondary to inner ear anatomy/low BP/LOW G. Dexamethasone dose Pak is anti-inflammatory treatment for Vertigo. But they can only be used sparingly. Make sure you have a through ENT consult and Neuro consult. Get a second opinion full lab work up TFTS/VITD/B12/ Folate/LYME TITERS/ACEI LEVEL/. Also start low salt GF diet WholeApproach.com EPPLEY MANURERS ARE TO MOVE OTOLITHS ...Read more

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When I get up in the morning I feel very light headed and dizzy what is this and how do I stop it?

Probably OK: Orthostasis in the morning when first arising is not that unusual. While you are asleep, your blood pressure and heart rate drop somewhat. This can mean that for a short period you get up, less blood gets to you brain as you stand up. You're on propranolol too, which can worsen these symptoms. Over the first few minutes after standing up, your symptoms should resolve as your body adjusts. ...Read more

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Sometimes when i get up from sitting, i get light headed or dizzy. I have no pain in my head or blurriness.

Sometimes when i get up from sitting, i get light headed or dizzy. I have no pain in my head or blurriness.

Postural dizziness: When you get up, your BP may be dropping mildly, thus causing less oxygenated blood to get to your brain, resulting in dizziness. If you are on BP meds, let you dr. Know. Keep yourself properly hydrated and see the doctor for serial bp/pulse readings in seated/lying and standing positions. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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