Main Article on Dizziness Question: What caused your dizziness? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Lenny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 16 After a low back surgery I developed an infection and was doing home infusions for about 50 days. I believe the gentamicin and the vancomycin are what have caused this vertigo that won't go away after two months. I have to use a walker each and every time I start to walk anywhere. I cannot drive my car and I have to lie down quite a bit through the day. I'm getting so tired of this dizziness and how it has changed my quality of life. Comment from: Amber, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 22 One morning I woke up normally but slowly my world started spinning and I got dizzy. After a while I started hyperventilating and got nauseous. I fell to the ground from the dizziness and made myself drink something. I reached for a snack but ended up puking everything. I drank juice and took another snack, puked that as well. I went to the hospital and found out I had vertigo due to liquid in inner ear that's not associated with hearing. It had something to do with inner balance being messed up. I've been taking medicines for a week, and feeling back to normal now. I'm just scared what if it happens again. I'm not pregnant. It feels scary knowing I could wake up with vertigo again. Comment from: Cpac, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 12 I had ankle surgery. I was prescribed morphine and Percocet. I stopped taking them because of dizziness. I take Advil and am still dizzy. I don't know how to stop this feeling. I hate the way I'm not focusing properly. Comment from: Chiller8888, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 31 Ever since I was in high school, I have been feeling incredibly lethargic pretty much all the time, and as time went on, I started dealing with rather chronic dizziness. Sometimes it would feel as if water was swishing around inside my head, and this would happen especially badly if I stood up or exercised, and on occasion for my entire life, I would have moments where my heart would start beating rapidly, at 200 bpm and sometimes higher. I could practically feel my heart beating against my ribcage, and my ears hurt and I felt lethargic and very weak. My head always feels foggy, my memory is terrible, and my legs sometimes feel incredibly heavy and weak after just a little bit of exercise or standing. When I went to my cardiologist just a bit after I graduated high school, he noticed that when my hands would be held downwards, they would change color, veins and such showing as the skin became a bit red. He then had me take a tilt table test, and with that, I was diagnosed with POTS. POTS stands for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which means that my blood volume and pressure is rather low, and instead of flowing properly throughout my body like it's supposed to. It pools downwards when I stand or sit up, and my body has to work harder to get my blood to flow upwards to my brain and such, causing increased lightheadedness and dizziness when standing, which is often fixed by sitting or lying down, due to blood flow being more based on current posture or body position. This chronic illness can also cause chronic lethargy, foggy headedness, possible fainting, and exercise intolerance. If anyone is suffering from symptoms like this, I seriously recommend seeing a cardiologist and getting the tilt table test, as going through these things for so many years without knowing what was wrong with me was painful. I felt stupid and confused, because my brain didn't work right due to lack of blood oxygen, and was constantly tired, and just didn't understand why and my academic performance suffered because of it. It felt so great to finally know what was wrong with me, and learn to help treat it, even though it is still incredibly difficult to live with sometimes. I am being advised increased salt, and water intake, lowering sugar, staying cool, out of heat, and away from hot drinks, as well as getting light exercise really helped a lot. So, yes, if anyone is suffering from any of these symptoms, go see a cardiologist and get tested, just in case, as this is not an incredibly uncommon illness, but it is rarely diagnosed, and not a lot of people know about this, so I am hoping to spread awareness. I hope I was able to help, even if only a little! Comment from: Rosset, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 16 I often get dizzy when l get very tired after meetings the whole day, or working on a project continuously for over two days. I have experienced this feeling now for over two years. Whenever we have a lot of work which involves many hours l get dizzy especially when l bend down or coming out of bed. If l do not roll up slowly l can almost fall down. If l rest for a day or two it tends to go away. Comment from: JJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25 I have been dizzy and lightheaded constantly for over 3 months now. I have weakness and a sick feeling. Comment from: bobby, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 26 I went to bed and fell asleep for 4 hours. Later I woke up on the floor with all the covers displaced. I tried to get up but only to fall, though I could prop up on my elbow without falling. I slept on the floor for 3 1/2 hours before I could sit up. I was falling and feeling dizzy the next day. Comment from: Sonia, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 17 I am getting dizziness on alternate days, I don't know what the problem is. I get it early in the morning, and it increases when I lie down. SLIDESHOW Tinnitus: Why Are My Ears Ringing? See Slideshow Comment from: Thefallen79, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 13 I slept for 12 hours and I got up around 11:15 am and it's now 1:00 pm and I still feel dizzy since waking up this morning, I don't know why. Comment from: Anne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20 I have been suffering from dizzy spells and lightheadedness for approximately 7 years. It can happen anytime when I get up after lying down, although it is particularly bad when I'm exercising. I hydrate well and lead a very healthy lifestyle. I have been a little stressed from time to time and over the last few years I do get a little anxious. I've only had one blackout which was about 7 or 8 years ago. I've had wax removed from my ears twice over this period and this has not helped. I've had a heart monitor fitted and my heart is strong, my blood pressure is 120/80. I have now been referred to an ENT and I hope to discover the cause of this very unpleasant feeling. Comment from: Enky9, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 30 About two weeks ago I fell over and sprained my ankle, and since then I have started feeling dizzy. The other Saturday I had to come out of the shop due to the dizziness though the pain in my ankle was causing some of it while trying to walk on it. It is like a sharp searing pain in my foot, and since then I have been dizzy regularly. I do have the tinnitus noise which could be causing this as well. I have taken ibuprofen tablets which seem to have helped, but I do know this is not a cure. I am wondering if falling down really hard could've caused the dizziness. Comment from: Evelyn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I had bouts of lightheadedness most of my life having to sit down and they subsided in a few minutes. I always had low blood pressure. About 4 years ago I woke up dizzy, crawling on the floor, couldn't focus, started vomiting, and the room was spinning. I got the phone but couldn't see to dial. I finally got the operator and she dialed my husband at work. I crawled back over to bed and got in. He brought me to the emergency room, and I had to keep something over my face because I couldn't take the moving. Since then I have had episodes of sudden kaleidoscope vision and can't see, so I sit down and wait. The neurologist said these were migraines. I just had another episode yesterday, couldn't get it together all day. I don't think they really know what is going on. Comment from: Maniac, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 11 I have been telling doctors for years that it feels as though my brain wasn't getting enough oxygen. No response! For years I was in a workout program at a gym, twice a week. Occasionally I would have to skip working out after the first of the workout pushed my heart rate up and instead of that increasing my blood pressure, my blood pressure dropped so that lying down was the only way to prevent falling down! For the last 3 or 4 years my balance has gotten worse and worse, I experience lightheadedness and a sense of floating more and more frequently. The room occasionally takes a quick spin or my walking is suddenly in the wrong direction. I claim that there is a little man who walks behind me and gives me a shove to take a wrong step every so often. That little man doesn't bother any more as I am dizzy or lightheaded or floating most of the time from rising in the morning until I have been up for a while, often during the day for short periods and now, for longer and longer periods, usually following a short time trying to do the exercises proposed by my physical therapist. My heart rate is up, my blood pressure is down and I can't continue. No doctor has thought it worth pursuing! Comment from: alamogirl2, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 28 This morning as my alarm rang, I turned over to hit the snooze. As I did this, I got dizzy. It wasn't the type of dizziness you feel when you suddenly get up. It was like the room was spinning, but I felt it in my head. It lasted about 2 seconds. I stayed in bed for about 5 minutes and got up. I didn't feel nauseous, and my head didn't hurt. It was a strange feeling! I have experienced that same sensation approximately 2 other times in my life. I was younger then, so I ignored it. I don't know how many times I've turned over to turn the alarm off, and I've never gotten dizzy. Comment from: KWPR, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 08 I find it ironic that they put a rotating advertisement right next to the dizziness topic. I had to cover it with my hand in order to finish the article as it caused me dizziness. Comment from: Pattsie, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: June 23 My father would get dizzy and vomit and fall down. Doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong. When a doctor treated him for acid reflux it went away. I read that it was probably gastric vertigo which the doctors had never heard of. Comment from: RiRi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31 I first experienced dizziness about two years ago while driving on a long trip and sitting in traffic. I went to the doctor and was told it was vertigo. It went away for a while but just recently drove on another long trip and had the same problem. Lasting for 2 weeks now, some days are better and some are worse. QUESTION What is vertigo? See Answer Comment from: Khadsa , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 04 I have a muscle spasm problem, I have been given a dose of medicine by a doctor, but unfortunately within a dose I got urinary tract infection problem that made me stop the medicine. One day before continuing with it I started having a headache and dizziness. I'm still a young women and not married. Comment from: candy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 12 My sister has shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and feels weak in the legs, a shaky feeling. Her skin is very pale and she also feels dizziness and has fever. I hope this is not life threatening because she refuses to go to the hospital. Comment from: Ralston, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 12 This morning I didn't get dizzy until I'd been up for over an hour. It came on when I got out of my car. Not room spinning dizzy though. I got that this afternoon after I'd had a short nap, when I sat up on the bed. The room spinning began. It didn't last long but I felt slightly nauseated. I took an antacid and now feel better. Comment from: tessay, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 09 I feel dizzy if I take a long walk, and my chest pains. Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 03 I have been dizzy off and on for three weeks. I can walk a straight line, bend over, never experience nausea, do not get dizzy when turning over in bed. Just a feeling of dizziness in the back of my head. I do have allergies and nasal drainage for which I take medicines for. I have had inner ear problems before. One doctor has said I do not have an ear problem now. I am not sure what could cause the dizziness. Comment from: abitbearded, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 30 I woke up early morning today and while lying down could tell my head was spinning, like I was drunk. I slept another hour until my alarm and then got up. It was like I was drunk or dizzy. I couldn't walk straight, felt like throwing up at times and felt hot sometimes. Work was cancelled so I slept another few hours and it became a bit better. It is very odd. Comment from: husband, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 08 Dizziness was one of my wife's early symptoms for months. We ignored it as maybe menopause since she was in her 50s. It turned out it was an early sign of a stroke. Please don't ignore dizziness. Comment from: Jim, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 16 Upon getting up I feel very dizzy and cannot control my ability to stand properly. When I do get up the dizziness is still there, and I fall back down on my chair, and finally when I do get up to start to walk, I cannot turn my eyes from either side without feeling dizzy. If I did not have my walker to support me I would not be able to get up and probably I would fall, however when I do sit down in a chair I am not dizzy, the dizziness is only there when I try to stand or walk around. My doctor said I will have to live with it. I have also been to therapy clinics to try to help, but to no avail. I have tried everything and nothing helps. Comment from: NANA, 45-54 (Patient) Published: February 14 I have been suffering from dizziness for the past 4 years. Comment from: bw47, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 21 I woke up about 1:15 to go to the bathroom. I had trouble getting out of bed. When I stood up I was extremely dizzy, causing me to have difficulty walking. I made it to the toilet, fell asleep there for a few minutes, and when I tried to get up I fell backwards back onto the toilet. I did finally get back up and back to bed. I had some mild nausea but didn't throw up. This morning I felt better, a little disoriented and unsteady, but better. I am caring for my 5 month old great-granddaughter so this really worries me that it might happen again while I am watching her. Comment from: l;;ll;', 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 20 I feel dizzy due to standing. Comment from: Glenyce, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 20 I woke up dizzy and nauseated and I could not walk straight. It was as if I were drunk. The problem took two hours to resolve itself. Comment from: carvirgoqueen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 09 I am a diabetic, have a kidney disease and lupus. I take medications for the above diseases as well as high blood pressure medications. I wake up in the mornings often feeling dizzy, shaky, and confused. Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 15 I took medication for my tremor, an hour later I felt dizzy and nauseated. Comment from: Slow Speed Dizzyness, 65-74 Male Published: November 05 This past Sunday morning I woke up feeling light headed a dizzy but not in a way that the room was spinning, just feeling like I was off balance. During the day I would stand up and would stumble and regain balance. I feel a constant pressure in the back of my neck. Comment from: anita, 45-54 Female Published: September 10 I have had headaches for four weeks then dizziness started a week ago in the morning when wake up. Now it's happening throughout the day and night. Comment from: Sandy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 This past week I have experienced dizziness when stretching and bending over. My left eye has been watering since this started. Comment from: Siti, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 Sitting quietly playing on a Google nexus. I get extreme dizziness with nausea. I closed my eyes and waited for it to subside. I was able to walk to the bedroom to lie down. My symptoms decreased with lying down. Comment from: Marcia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 13 I have been suffering with chronic dizziness/vertigo for the past 12 years. I am a 56 year-old female. This feeling I have doesn't ever go away unless I lie down. The feeling I experience when I sit or stand feels like I'm rocking back and forth in a boat, or like I'm on a never ending roller coaster. I have seen an ENT and neurology specialists with no answers. There are no doctors in Albuquerque that specialize in vertigo that is not caused by inner ear disorders and the neurologist I saw I felt he just brushed me off. Comment from: Genny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01 I took Fioricet for a headache and I was dizzy for hours afterward. Comment from: willtelme, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 30 It has happpened to a lesser degree but always from a squatting or stooping position. I usually lose my balance and regain it after a few seconds. Comment from: melody, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 25 I have fluid in my ear with small particles that affect my balance. It's is causing severe vertigo. Comment from: Frenchy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 25 I am 52. I've never drank coffee, smoked, done illegal drugs, and I have no drugs prescriptions. I have dizzy spells for the last 17 years. When I lie down, sit up, or turn my head quickly, my head spins and it can make me vomit, and when I get to this point, I'm out for 24 hours. 10 years ago I finally got a diagnosis from my head, neck, and jaw doctor. He said it was crystals in the inner part of the ear and that these crystals can get displaced. It's called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). He positions my head in different ways for different lengths of time to relocate the crystals. Comment from: Gil, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 10 I am 75 and I had a bypass six years ago. Twice I have awakened in the middle of the night with severe dizziness. I am sweating and nauseous. I have to crawl to the bathroom. After throwing up I get the chills and have to lay on the floor for several hours until the dizziness passes and I can get back into bed. Doctors gave me an EKG and said there was no abnormality. Comment from: Vicki, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 02 Sometimes when I get out of bed the room doesn't spin I just feel like everything is out of balance. I feel a slight headache and nausea and I feel like I am shaking but it is not evident to look at my hands, it just feels like it. The first time it happened was right after I got out of bed. The weather has been warm and hot, warm and cold and I keep blaming it onto my sinuses. Also when I bend over my head feels really heavy. Comment from: Erin, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 09 I started getting dizzy when I changed position in bed yesterday. I slept most of the day. It was the same feeling you get when you drink too much, but I don't drink. Comment from: Dee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 03 I have been feeling dizzy since I've found out I've been pregnant. Comment from: jerry, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 29 Dropping of blood pressure caused my dizziness. Comment from: Cooney, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 15 I slipped on ice hit the back of my head and was out for 5 minutes. This happened 18 years ago and I still suffer from dizzy spells most days! Comment from: Cmcpjf12, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 23 I was recently diagnosed with BPV. I fell one day then a few days later I got so dizzy. It was terrible. My eyes would go all crazy when I moved my head to one side. My ENT did the Epley Maneuvers I felt so much better after. During was hell because it makes you dizzy but it's worth it. Comment from: Road Runner, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 12 I am 62 and have experienced lightheaded/dizziness spells for a couple of years. Usually occur when I get up from sitting and take a couple of steps. Sometimes I need to grab a door jam or railing until the spell passes. These episodes happen after I vigorously workout and sweat. I rehydrate with sports drinks and food. Yesterday after driving 30 minutes I felt great until I got out of my car and started walking and nearly fell. It took a couple minutes to pass. I have had 3 exercise stress tests and been examined everything is OK. I will try avoiding jumping from my seat and stand by my seat until the dizziness passes. Comment from: Karen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 12 At 48 I had vertigo and took the only pill available. It worked and all was okay. By the age of 50 it was back and the pill didn't work. I have had varying degrees of dizziness ever since. The only time I have been totally free of being dizzy was after a chiropractors visit. When I went in I was dizzy, but when I came out I was not and had no problems for 3 days. It came back and has never gone away. The more anxious I get the worse the dizziness gets. Comment from: suzie q, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 08 I had dizzy spells for 10 years. Then was diagnosed with underactive thyroid. Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: June 29 It was lightheadedness and took 18 months before my doctors figured out I have ocular migraines. A migraine diet helped this. Comment from: tracey, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 28 When I feel very dizzy, I almost like I'm fainting and woozy, kind of like I'm on a boat. Comment from: Bucko, 75 or over Male Published: May 31 Three times today, when bending over to work on a object below my knee level, I had a dizzy spell that lasted for a few seconds. I had to grab on to something to stabilize myself. I am 77 years old and quite active in downhill skiing, golf and mountain biking. I had successful bypass surgery 14 months ago with no limits placed on my activities. Comment from: Valerie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 07 Getting up from lying down at night is the worst. It leaves me feeling a bit lightheaded. I've never had any blood pressure problems, though. Comment from: chessplayer1, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 01 I have suffering from dizziness since December. It came on suddenly with the floor and walls moving, sickness soon followed. This developed into a dizzy feeling, lightheadedness and feeling tipsy all the time. When I walked, it was like small earthquakes going off in my head, especially the left side. I feel drained of energy due to this. Initially, my thinking was very slow and had to concentrate very hard to listen to people. All tests have proved to be negative and normal. Consultant said, 'let's call it labyrinthitis', as they have ruled out BPV. Comment from: Lemar, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 22 I am using Ventolin and it causes dizziness. I use it twice in the evening for allergy related respiratory irritation. It works for me but the side effect is that I get dizzy so much so that when rolling over in bed I feel dizzy. Comment from: wampus, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 16 I am an 83 year old lady and started having dizzy spells last year. My thighs tingled and I was so dizzy. I went to the hospital, and they found nothing wrong. I went the ENT doctor where they did an MRI and found nothing. I am having the dizzy spells more often now and have to keep my head looking straight ahead or it is worse. The doctors cannot find anything wrong. One suggested I have TMJ, but the dentist says no. Comment from: 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 24 I was fine until about a week and a half ago. Now I am dizzy whenever I move my head too fast. It is pretty bad at times. I also constantly drip clear fluid from my left nostril, which I assumed was a recent allergy reaction. Two months ago I had to have a vein cauterized in my left nostril and the dripping has been happening since then. I am not taking any medicines that would cause dizziness except my blood pressure pill and my tests show a normal blood pressure. I am otherwise healthy except for some arthritis. Comment from: Guiseppe, 75 or over Male Published: February 18 I am 82 and quite fit. I exercised in the gym yesterday felt OK but in the evening after dinner I suddenly felt dizzy and when I stood up my legs gave way. My pulse was OK at about 65. I lay down for 30 minutes before I could stand. This morning I feel OK. I had no pain, no numbness, no problems other than the dizziness. I experienced dizziness about 3 weeks ago but it passed after a few minutes. Comment from: Melvin, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 31 After sitting for a while, when I get up, I get very dizzy and sometimes pass out. Comment from: 65-74 Female Published: October 14 I am a 71 year old female, I have dealt with motion sickness all my live, but that got a little better as I got older. But the last ten years I have been dealing with dizziness, nausea, off balance and lightheadedness. This lasts nine months out of the year, been to all sorts of specialists, the last a neurologist said it was silent migraines, been taking the meds, but still got the problem, don't know what else to do as I sit here so nauseated and worried. I cannot go to any stores, just stay at home is my life. All the doctors find all my MRI's and tests are ok, but there has to be something causing this. Comment from: Dor, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 26 I was working in retail, and last night everytime I bent down to do something when I came up I was so dizzy I thought I was going to pass out and land right on the floor. I only had one day off in the past 2 weeks due to short staff. I have high blood pressure and take meds for it. Comment from: wally, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 24 I had a stroke six years ago, was in the hospital for a month, ischemic stroke. About three years ago and yesterday I had vertigo, if I close my eyes it stops until I open them again. Yesterday it lasted all evening. This morning it is gone. Comment from: irene, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 26 Hi there recently I have been feeling dizzy my b/p is failing but I was used of having a low blood pressure in my thirties now that I turned forty it's a bit different. I can't bear the dizziness anymore or take this b/p. When I feel dizzy I can't stay out of bed and I feel the room is spinning I only feel a bit better when my head stays in one position only. My dizziness frequently occurs. I have a feeling of having lightheaded until I just fainted one day while attending a seminar. I have spitted phlegm with a bit of bloodstain but my doctor says everything is fine with me. Till now I still have this and its affecting my work how I wish to get rid of this soon please help me out. Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 04 I have suffered episodes of dizziness for around 7 years, often triggered by sudden movement, loud noise, low level background noise, and viral infection such as colds. After numerous balance, audiology and MRI tests, a lumbar puncture finally revealed increased levels of antibodies to an unspecified virus which the neurologist stated must have caused some residual nerve damage. My symptoms, whilst unpleasant, are easier to bear as I know it is not caused by tumors, MS, or anything serious, but it can make day to day living very difficult. I have had to reduce my working hours as I know that tiredness exacerbates the symptoms. Comment from: Dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 30 I started getting dizzy last night after using the toilet. I was walking crooked as if drunk. I did not have the spinning feeling that others describe. My medical diagnosis include: diverticulitis, hypoglycemia, hypothyroid and celiac disease. I had just eaten a good meal so I knew it couldn't be my sugars. No rhyme or reason to when I get dizzy. Comment from: almessedup, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 24 I'm a 20 year old female and my dizziness doesn't come with sudden movement or anything. It just happens even if I'm just sitting or standing. My chest hurts a lot, sometimes my heart beats really fast too and I get headaches like every other day or so. I've never been in an accident, so I really don't know what's wrong with me.