Most people think dizziness is a disease. In fact, dizziness is a symptom of another underlying disease. The cause of dizziness is difficult to determine because usually each person experiences different sensations when feeling dizzy. Usually dizziness is not a sign of a serious illness. But, you still need to see a doctor if you experience this condition. Especially if dizziness occurs often enough. Why is the head so dizzy? Maybe this disease is the cause.
Dizziness is identical to the condition where the head feels pain. In fact, a person can experience various symptoms when experiencing dizziness: The sensation of floating or head feels heavy. Sensation such as conditions around the spin (vertigo). Unsteady sensation or loss of balance. Sensation as if you want to pass out.
Dizziness symptoms can be felt more severe when doing certain activities, such as walking, changing positions from sitting to standing or vice versa, or moving the head. Sometimes, dizziness can also occur suddenly with quite severe pain, so you have to immediately sit or lie down. Other symptoms that can also accompany dizziness are nausea or vomiting.
In most cases, dizziness is not caused by a serious illness. However, you should immediately see a doctor if dizziness is accompanied by one of the following symptoms:
Sudden headache with great intensity. Sudden experience of impaired vision, speech or hearing. Vomiting constantly. The neck feels stiff. Dizziness after suffering a head injury. High fever. Convulsions. Hard to breathe. One or more body parts suddenly feel numb. Passed out.
The cause of dizziness is often difficult to know because the symptoms are not very clear. But, the cause of dizziness can be estimated from how long the symptoms of dizziness occur and other symptoms that accompany it. Here are some of the factors that cause dizziness:
Vertigo is known for its main symptoms, which are the sensation of spinning and losing balance. This condition can occur due to an abnormality in the process of sending nerve signals from the eye to the brain, and then passed on to the inner ear. So, the eye that determines the direction of body movement will send signals to the brain through sensory nerves with the help of the inner ear which detects movement. When the signals from the inner ear are out of harmony with the signals received by the brain, vertigo occurs.
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Blood Circulation Problems
If you often experience dizziness with sensations, such as fainting or becoming unbalanced, then you may have problems with blood circulation. When the heart does not pump enough blood to the brain, this will often make you feel dizzy. The reason could be due to various things, such as sitting or standing too fast (orthostatic hypotension), poor blood circulation due to heart problems, such as heart attacks, heart rhythm disturbances, and mild strokes, and acute bleeding that usually occurs in cases of ectopic pregnancy, i.e. gastrointestinal bleeding and trauma.
Iron Deficiency Anemia
This type of anemia caused by iron deficiency can cause the sufferer to often feel dizzy. This is because the number of red blood cells (hemoglobin) which is responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body decreases. As a result, the body can not get adequate oxygen, so the body becomes weak, dizzy, to shortness of breath.
Frequent headaches can also be a sign of neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. This is because the human nervous system controls almost all bodily functions. So that if the nerves are disturbed, it can cause dizziness and loss of balance.
Hypoglycemia or conditions where blood sugar levels are too low can interfere with bodily functions, including the brain. That is why a person with hypoglycemia will usually feel dizzy.
Most of the time, no medication is needed, but there are some drugs that can be used to treat the underlying causes of dizziness. Depending on the cause, these can include:
anti-anxiety medications, when dizziness is caused by panic disorders or by mental health issues
anticholinergic drugs or antihistamines, which may reduce dizziness or offer relief from vertigo
medications for migraines, if the dizziness is linked to migraines
Each of these medications can treat an underlying cause of dizziness, such as fluid buildup in the ear, anxiety, the side effects from a particular drug, or other reasons. Lifestyle changes or a further visit to our Neurosurgeon may be necessary if these treatments do not help alleviate the dizziness.
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