When To See your ENT about Chronic Dizziness
Everyone has felt dizzy at some point. Dizziness can be that feeling of vertigo or when the room is spinning. It can also be a feeling of lightheadedness, muscle weakness, or just a general feeling of being off-balance. Feeling dizzy is not a disease by itself. Dizziness is generally a symptom of something else.
There can be many different causes for dizziness. Lack of sleep, drinking too much alcohol, certain medications, migraines, or even traveling can all cause a temporary feeling of dizziness. These are not conditions that anyone should be concerned about. However, when dizziness is a chronic condition or there is no reasonable explanation, this can be a symptom of a more serious problem.
Causes of dizziness
Hypotension is a condition when your blood pressure drops and you feel dizzy. This should be a temporary condition and may only occur occasionally when you stand up from a sitting or lying down position. If this is happening frequently you may want to get it checked out by your family doctor.
Hypoglycaemia is when your blood sugar dips below 70 mg/dL. Low blood sugar can be an occasional issue when you skip a meal or go for too long between eating. Again if this is happening on a regular basis you should get your blood sugar tested for diabetes.
During the early stages of pregnancy hormonal changes can lead to periods of dizziness. If there is any chance of pregnancy, get to your family doctor for confirmation.
During the onset of a heart attack the brain does not receive enough oxygenated blood and the result can be a feeling of dizziness. This is a very serious condition, obviously, which should not be ignored.
While occasion bouts of dizziness can usually be explained and are not cause for worry, sometimes dizziness can be a sign of something much more serious. If you have ongoing or repetitive bouts of dizziness or feel dizzy for no reason, you should head into your trusted family physician to figure out the cause.
Dr Don J. Beasley, MD is a board-certified otolaryngologist who has been practicing ear, nose, and throat medicine for over 20 years. If you're interested in getting your chronic dizziness diagnosed, feel free to schedule an appointment online or call our office today at (208) 229-2368
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