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Dizziness

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Comment from: Banu, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

In August 2018, dizziness woke me up in the middle of the night. The room was spinning, the best way to describe it is episodic waves of lightheadedness in my head and mild nausea that got worse while lying down. I was eventually diagnosed with vestibular/atypical migraine. I was put on amitriptyline 10 mg. Weird thing is that every two weeks I wake up in the middle of the night with it; it gets better for a few days but flares up again and stays for more than a week. Wonder if anyone else felt the same.

Comment from: Paula, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I have been suffering with dizziness this last 4 years. It really is not good, I seem to suffer every other day. My doctor says it is vertigo and I am on medicines but these don't seem to do any good.

Comment from: kamith, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I have problems with dizziness especially when I get up from a bed or chair, sometimes just moving causes it. I get light headed and sometimes the room seems to spin around. But it mostly hits me when I get out of bed or up from a chair. This has been going on for a few weeks but I haven't seen my doctor about it yet.

Comment from: Tom, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 28

I had a ruptured brain aneurysm December 9th, 2012, had it clipped off and am on my way to recovery. I spiked a fever of 105 degrees and they found an abscess on my brain, did a spinal tap and confirmed it as bacterial meningitis. I had a second aneurysm clipped on October of 2014 and another one with a stent and coils December 2014. January 3rd, 2015 I got dizzy and it never went away. In May of 2015 I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and had a magnetic VP (ventriculo-peritoneal) shunt put in, but the dizziness never went away to this day. I do get some relief with taking Klonopin, but the dizziness is still there but the medicines make it bearable. I just want a diagnosis of the problem and get treated, thank you for reading this!

Comment from: Frustrated-n-waiting, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I've had severe dizziness on and off for the past 14 years. My first episode occurred at 15 years of age and I am now 29. I recently had my first child, and the lack of sleep from motherhood has only added to my agony of dizziness. Some sites I've been on say that the effects of dizziness (vertigo) are hard to explain, but here are a few of my symptoms: --I feel as though the world is spinning around me --I cannot walk a straight line, as I cannot focus on anything. --Those around me say they constantly see my eyes moving as I try to focus. --I am sensitive to light and more so to sound. Any loud noise, constant base or humming sends me spinning. --I have to watch how I move. If I get up or turn my head too fast, it's triggered. --I have difficulty working out as I find myself getting lightheaded and eventually dizzy. I've been documenting my episodes trying to find a trend, trigger or cause and have yet to find any consistency. The only thing I have noticed is that fatigue increases my chance of having a spell. I want to clarify that these episodes do not last seconds or minutes, but days! I've been to the doctor but feel as though they aren't taking it seriously or aren't aware of how severe these spells are and how seriously it is affecting my life! Finally in April 2009, I was referred to a specialist; however my appointment is not until February 2010! So I'm coping as best as I can for now and am anxiously awaiting and hoping for the help I need.

Comment from: Floss, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I had a bad feeling last week that something had happened in my head that made me feel like I was going to lose consciousness. I managed to overcome it but left with dizziness all the time, I am frightened.

Comment from: Bethel1, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I have been having real strange symptoms for 8 to 11 months now. It started when I woke up one morning with a pounding earache. I was diagnosed with left ear infection, and treated with amoxicillin. Found out I was allergic to penicillin. I was then treated with another antibiotic. Ear infection cleared up. Since then, dizziness continues to come and go when walking or sitting, I have ringing in my left ear, it hurts behind my eyes and feels heavy, my nose runs all of the time, and I feel horrible most of the time.

Comment from: Glen, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

When I chew food and turn my head I get severe dizziness.

Comment from: Jane, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 07

I was with my 3 year old grandson, sitting down, when suddenly my head had a strange feeling I can't describe and I was frightened to move because of the dizziness.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I have seen countless doctors and each one gives a different reason and how to fix the problem, but nothing works. It has been more than six years since I first started feeling dizziness, and it scares me that something is seriously wrong that the doctors are missing. In the last two weeks, my symptoms have gotten worse, and I can feel that the small twitch I had when the dizziness first started has now turned into an uncontrollable jerk. I have been trying to hide the problem from my family and friends because I do not want them worrying, but it has gotten to the point that I am not sure if I can pretend to be fine anymore.

Comment from: Female Published: August 27

My 54-year-old son had dizziness. He could not drive. He took all kinds of tests and found nothing. He did some research and found out that he was drinking too much caffeine. He eliminated coffee, coke, etc., from his diet and the dizziness has gone away.

Comment from: Dawn, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 03

My son is 11 years old and this morning he woke up dizzy about 5 times and also vomited 3 times. He started wearing glasses just 2 or 3 weeks ago. I wonder if glasses can cause the dizziness.

Comment from: Yolandie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I woke this morning with head sore and spinning, and nausea. I can't bend down, then I feel lightheaded and dizzy, and I am very off balance right now.

Comment from: Kero, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 14

I'm 56 years old. I have dizziness when I'm lying on my bed, looking up the ceiling. I feel the world was spinning, especially when I'm sitting or getting up to the chair. I feel dizzy or like in a spinning motion.

Comment from: April , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

Four days ago I felt dizzy while driving, but it didn't last long. The following day I felt it two times. Yesterday was worse. It was now prolonged. Even after eating and taking a rest, I just woke up to help myself in the bathroom and am still feeling dizziness. I am now confused and afraid.

Comment from: NIKHIL, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 30

Sometimes it happens that I feel darkness in front of eyes and dizziness. For a few seconds I am unconscious. My whole body blacks out. When I get conscious I feel as if some fluid is whirling in my head. Slowly it calms down and I feel headache after that. My age is 20 years. Earlier it happened 5 to 6 times in a year. For the last 2 months it has happened 2 times. Before that it happened four months back.

Comment from: Ash's mom, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 28

My 15 year old son is a very large young man. He is 6 ft. 3 and around 270 lb. He's a large built boy like my husband's side. Today after his breakfast (maybe 2 to 3 hours) he said that he had a light headache and took two low dose aspirin. He became dizzy and lay down. I'm extremely worried, it's Saturday and his doctor is not in until Monday. I'm super stressed worrying if it is normal.

Comment from: permom2004, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I feel dizzy when I bend down, I feel dizzy within me. The room does not spin around at all.

Comment from: Renu, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 07

My 27 years old son recently complained of dizziness, especially when he gets up from bed. His stomach was upset and he had nausea and vomiting too. When he was 8 years old he had his first seizure after that he had seizures for 5 more years. Now at 27 he has outgrown seizures, he never has them anymore. I wonder if this dizziness is in any way related to that.

Comment from: Nita, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I feel dizzy like I am going to fall when standing before lights for TV recording while singing at church.

Comment from: Jessieu4me, 65-74 (Caregiver) Published: March 12

The reason for dizziness many of the times is lack of vitamins that has caused this side effect. Your heart can't work properly unless you are healthy. Anyone over 45 needs to be taking CoQ10 plus vitamin C. Vitamin C is for your muscles. Your heart is a muscle, vitamin E acts like a blood thinner and will help blood circulation. Vitamins are important because we don't eat properly especially if you are single. I hope that this will help someone. My husband had a kidney disease and I learned all about vitamins to help his condition. I'm now 72 and realize I feel much better when taking vitamins.

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Comment from: LDL007, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 01

Today is the second time. I am 70. I woke up with unbelievable dizziness with everything spinning. I threw up many times, and had diarrhea. I can't lie down, walking or sitting helps. I am diabetic, so not low glucose. Heart function is ok. There is hearing loss. I am a biomedical scientist of international repute. I don't agree with audiologist or neurologists regarding the cause. Why should we lose the sense of balance during sleep! And why diarrhea! No alcohol, and coffee unlikely to have caused it. I have been taking high protein diet.

Comment from: palesa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I had a flu few days ago and went to see a doctor. He injected me and gave me some medicine, Moxymax diclofenac, and I experienced some dizziness and it's too much.

Comment from: BELLE, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I have been having a woozy head as if something rushes over my brain and I feel like I could pass out. I sleep well and this does not bother me all the time, but I have had a lot in this last month. I do have high blood pressure that is under control now. But it was high, with mitral valve prolapse that reads moderate in my echo taken recently. I am looking for an answer. I am not a person who sits down, I enjoy goodness.

Comment from: Gus1203, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

Hi, I'm a 28 yr old male. I have been suffering from dizziness and lightheadedness. Another thing is that I've had severe panic attacks in the past. I don't know if this has some relationship with my dizziness. I wake up in the morning and I eat breakfast then about 9am I start feeling dizzy, which lasts all day. I also feel real tired and weak sometimes. I don't know what to do anymore. I'm scared I might drop and get real hurt. I've told my doctor but he says it might be the Lexapro. Now it has been a month that I stopped taking it and I'm still dizzy. I've had blood work done and so far everything came back normal. I don't know what is next. I hope someone here gets better.

Comment from: aaan, 45-54 Female Published: October 02

I am known to get motion sickness but this was different I woke up 1 morning and I was dizzy it felt like my eyes were fluttering back and forth I waited a few days and went to a E.N.T he did a procedure he told me that we have cyrstals in are ears and they were not lined up properly so he did the procedure (there is a name for this not sure what it is called) but I still have the dizzines I cannot lay down on my left side. When I do I am dizzy when I get up it I wait amoment then it hits me like a big pressure sometimes it litarly will feel like someone is pushing me to the side where it knocks me off balance. I do get pain by my left eye sometimes or a very bad headache.. I had being dizzy...

Comment from: carl, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I have been getting dizzy for about 8 years now, on and off. It seems to just come on when it wants. I have seen lots of doctors who all tell me different things to do, but nothing works and no one seems to know why this is happening to me. I don't drink caffeine. I have stopped smoking, and I don't have too much salt in my food. I wish someone could help me with this.

Comment from: patsy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I have had dizzy spells on and off for a while, but now it is almost all the time. The room is not spinning; it is just a little off balance and then darkness starts closing in. If I sit down or lay down, it goes away. I also have an "icy/hot" feeling on my head most of the time and sometimes on my arms and legs. My lips feel numb and my feet feel pins and needles. I've been to a heart doctor and he found nothing wrong.

Comment from: DizzyandWorried, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

I had the flu or something like it two months ago, for which I was given Tamiflu, which helped. But some respiratory symptoms remained, for which I was given a series of antibiotics -- but none worked. In the middle of this series of antibiotics, I began to feel dizzy -- feelings of vertigo, or spinning. My doctor prescribed antihistamines and decongestants, but nothing took away the dizziness. A week ago my doctor referred me to an allergist, whose opinion is that my problems stem from allergies. He prescribed a series of injections, plus a nasal antihistamine spray, plus washing nasal passages with salt water. To date, the nasal washing seems to help some. But the dizziness still remains, especially when I rise up, bend over or lie down. I don't know where to go next.

Comment from: womanontheedge, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I just found this site and was looking to see if anyone sounded like me. My dizziness started with a few spells' one right after I was swimming laps and another while I was on the computer. The next think I knew was I woke up dizzy - and it never went away. My dizziness does not feel like the room is moving around me, but more like I have movement in my head. In the beginning I would wake up (after having a hard time going to sleep because I was dizzy - like a hamster running around in there) and be so dizzy that I would throw up. I discovered that it was caused by changes in atmospheric pressure. I would try to hold my head still, but it didn't help. Being in stores bothered me. I was very sensitive to light and sound (I still am when there is a change in atmospheric pressure). I had a number of test done - cat scans, MRI's, balance tests, rotation chair, etc. I ended up with a diagnosis of endolymphatic hydrops of which meneres is a form. Treatment is a low salt diet (hard to do when you have a family) and a diuretic. I can no longer take the meds. Not all doctors agreed with the diagnosis, so who really knows. I am still dizzy 24/7 with better days now as it has been almost 9 years. If I thought I would have this forever when it started I don't know what I would have done. If anyone has what sounds like this, please comment.

Comment from: Micky, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

I have felt dizzy several times whilst working in my garden this morning, I wonder what the cause could be.

Comment from: [email protected], 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 27

Today I woke up and for the first time in my life the room started spinning. I wonder what can cause this.

Comment from: JANNIE, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I have severe dizziness when looking up but the worst is at night when I turn from my left side to my right, I almost pass out and get nauseated!

Comment from: Karen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

My dizziness has been increasing the last 2 days, not room spinning but lack of balance. I have cold sweat and nausea from time to time. I am very healthy, workout, have significant other, lots of friends, and am still working. I am getting worried.

Comment from: j23, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I run on the beach every day and today while I was doing my normal run I started feeling not well. I went home, drank my Gatorade, sat down and watched TV for a few minutes. When I got up I felt so dizzy I fell to my knees and I still feel dizzy even sitting. I do have high blood pressure but this has never happened before and I'm in pretty good shape.

Comment from: Joseph, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 26

Just two days ago, I got up from bed and just could not balance. I got back to bed and tried again getting up but failed. I was helped by my wife. I got up went to hospital where I was treated, but I still can't stand up on my own. I can see well but cannot balance when I stand. When I hold the back of my neck tight I feel a bit of relief. Doctors have just said that they see no problem, but I am worried and I'm getting weak.

Comment from: LR, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 01

I feel dizzy upon standing and lose balance when trying to walk.

Comment from: joanny, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 14

Sudden loss of equilibrium.

Comment from: Mary Ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

When I get dizzy, I get a slight buzz in the head and then a chill through my body that lasts a second or two.

Comment from: tiredme, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I am still not fully aware of why this is happening as of yet, but I have felt extremely dizzy as I have tried to prepare dinner and ended up slicing my thumb with a knife. I don't get up swiftly. I don't do anything swiftly, and yet seems to be getting worse. I have had sweaty periods and I have been hot when I shouldn't be. My head is real warm and my hands and feet are cold, I have been having terrible headaches as well.

Comment from: dlg1954, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

Upon tilting my head back and to my left I experience buzzing and dizziness. I was taking Vagifem for 2 months and I quit taking it 3 weeks ago. The dizziness seems to be getting better slowly.

Comment from: tinacal, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I am always so dizzy, but today is pretty bad. I usually am dizzy on and off but this seems to have a hold of me today. I have gone to the doctor for it and they never can find what's wrong with me. It's very frustrating I know the dizziness isn't in my head.

Comment from: Morag, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I have had very bad headaches and occasional dizziness. It's as if my vision goes blurry for just a few seconds. I have had anemia in the past; I almost had to get a blood transfusion once. I have pernicious anemia and an underactive thyroid. I feel so tired all the time. I lead a very busy life looking after three kids, working full-time and trying to do all the housework.

Comment from: Light-headed, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I have had three lower back laminectomies. The last one left me with femoral nerve damage (significant) and pain in my left groin area. I do a lot of gardening and have noticed that each time I rise upright from a squatting position that I get dizzy and light-headed. I need to bend slightly over to recover faster. I do not need to squat more than a few seconds to bring on the light-headedness.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I was standing on the deck of the house and I suddenly started feeling faint. It was hard to keep my eyes open, so I sat down and everything became better. I felt some tingling in my left arm the next day, but I wasn't sick, I just didn't feel all that well. I slept well that night and I got up feeling better the next day. No headaches.

Comment from: Matthews, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

I get bouts of dizziness and daily headaches and I sometimes feel as though my legs are empty. I have had a stent fitted for a narrow artery in the heart, and the only medication I take now is aspirin and a statin. I have been discharged by my heart specialist and I have been referred to a neurologist. I have also had a brain scan, which shows nothing.

Comment from: BIGD, 55-64 Male Published: October 02

When I turn my head to the left or standing up or when I lay down and turn my head to the left. I will get extremely dizzy like I am going to pass out but never do. Also sweat at times and my shins feel hot. I also keep getting diarrhea. I will have pressure in my stomach and start burping with a real bad taste then the diarrhea will start.

Comment from: Gill, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

My symptoms started with a painful lump near my jaw bone, and I thought this was an abscess under my wisdom tooth and that maybe this was causing my dizziness. I took a antibiotic for five days and the pain and lump has gone but still my dizziness continues. Like this morning while driving to work, the whole world started spinning and I had to pull over and wait until I could re-focus and then continue to drive till I got to work, I feel very unbalanced and lightheaded.

Comment from: jesusinger, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I have had a problem with falling for six years. It started with small falls backwards and developed into falls forward where I hurt my mouth, broke my nose and busted my teeth. It is a very frustrating challenge in my life. I have had all the medical tests one could have for dizziness and they all come up normal except I know I am hypoglocemic and I have low blood pressure. I eat protein every three hours and I take my low blood pressure medicine, but still have the dizzy feeling. My world is never spinning. I just feel light-headed and then fall. I am taking some homeopathic medicine that has helped some, but I am so ready to be free of worries of falling.

Comment from: stressedmum, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I'm experiencing severe dizziness, which started a while ago, and has gradually gotten worse. It's at the point now where I'm missing days at work. I've had a problem with panic attacks for years; some days I'm ok, and on others, I get in a right old state!! But this dizziness is a new thing for me. It's downright awful. I mean, I literally have to hold onto things to get around. Whenever I mention this to my doctor, the same old diagnosis is given. “It's a panic attack,” he says. It seems so easy for them to make me feel like this is all in my head, but I know it's real. The thing that has made me want to know more about it is it started happening when I'm driving, and I know that can't be good. I'm due to see my doctor again this week, and I want this investigated. I'm so fed up of it happening.

Comment from: suzie, 55-64 Female Published: September 16

I started mowing my lawn recently. I bent down to remove some weeds and felt really dizzy. It was frightening. I had to sit down for a while because it would not go away. The same thing happened again today. I got back from vacation and the grass was really tall. I went outside to do some gardening and I got dizzy but this time it was actually worse than the first time. I had not eaten breakfast because I am a late eater and it was not that hot outside. I can't help but wonder why this is happening so frequently and all of a sudden. It subsided after my neighbor brought me inside and gave me a glass of orange juice.

Comment from: miteymowse, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I started getting slight waves of dizziness or lightheadedness a few months ago, and it has continued to worsen slightly. It usually occurs when I turn my head, look or bend down, or when I lay down ... I get a big wave, and it subsides. However today, as I write this, I have been experiencing a steady sense of it all day long (the waves of dizziness, a non-stop "buzzed" feeling in my head, eyes wavering). I have hypoglycemia, but I know what triggers that, and I haven't been consuming more sugar or caffeine than usual. And I know I'm not pregnant. I feel as though I've been drugged or something. My hair has also been falling out in massive quantities during pretty much this same timeframe, perhaps a bit longer (since end of March, beginning of April 2009). I'm just wondering if these two things might be related in any way. I've been seeing an endocrinologist about my hair for over a year, and he was only focusing on getting my thyroid levels adjusted, which they are. I've seen my regular doctor who doesn't know what it could be. I've seen a dermatologist who diagnosed it as Telugen Effluvium and said that it normally takes 6-12 months to recover and that I should take Vitamin B, Biotin, and use Rogaine. All my blood work has come back "normal", and although I am almost 48, I don't seem to be going into menopause yet. And I haven't seen a doctor yet about the dizziness because it hasn't really bothered me much until just today! Please HELP, as both of these issues are really starting to scare me! Thanks so much, Lynn Hoffman

Comment from: susanne, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

Along with my dizziness, I also have blurred vision, especially when I'm near light. Sometimes, I also feel like I have a fever.

Comment from: RuthPk12, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I am a 56-year-old female who gets dizzy spells at odd moments. These spells seem to be connected with the consumption of caffeine and they also occur when I am under stress. I underwent every test available only to be diagnosed with vertigo, which I already knew! I found out that I have recurrent wax build-ups and that I need to have them medically removed. Also, sinus medication does help. So, if you are having recurrent or constant spells, it might very well be your inner ear that is causing you problems.

Comment from: Dee Dee from MI, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I am 74 and finally got a diagnosis on my dizziness that I'd had for five weeks. When I lie down, sit up, or turn my head quickly, my head spins. It seems one has crystals in the inner part of the ear and that these crystals can get displaced. From what I understand, it's called “benign paroxysmal positional vertigo”. My ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctor positions my head different ways for different lengths of time to relocate the crystals. I'm hoping my second treatment goes better than the first.

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