Causes of Dizziness

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Although dizziness can make it harder for you to do your normal daily activities, it is usually not caused by a serious condition. Dr. Edward Hill discusses more about dizziness in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Dizziness is one of the most common reasons why people visit their doctors. Dizziness may make you feel off-balance, wobbly, lightheaded or like you might faint. Vertigo is a common type of dizziness that makes you feel like things are moving or spinning around you.

Your doctor may ask you to describe how your dizziness feels, what makes it worse and what makes it better. Your doctor may also check your blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.

Dizziness can be caused by anxiety or problems in your inner ear, heart or nervous system. Some medicines can cause dizziness. Tell your doctor what medicines you are taking so they can be adjusted or changed.

Treatment depends on the cause and your symptoms. Medicines are sometimes used to make the symptoms of dizziness better. Medicines can also treat the cause of dizziness.

It is important to treat dizziness, because you are more likely to fall if you are dizzy. You are also more likely to have a car crash if you drive while you are dizzy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.