Dizziness is a very common symptom that we see at Peak Brain Performance Centers and depending on the actual sensation you are experiencing can have a vast range of causes. For that reason when a patient presents with dizziness the first thing we'd like to know is what exactly do you mean? Can you describe how you feel without using the word dizzy? In this blog post, we'll explore the different types of dizziness and their possible causes.
Vertigo: Vertigo is a type of dizziness that is often described as a spinning sensation. It can be caused by an inner ear problem, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's disease, or vestibular neuritis. Vertigo can also be caused by a head injury, migraine, or certain medications.
Presyncope: Presyncope is a type of dizziness that is often described as feeling lightheaded or faint. It can be caused by a drop in blood pressure, which can be the result of dehydration, heart problems, or medication side effects.
Disequilibrium: Disequilibrium is a type of dizziness that is often described as feeling unsteady or off-balance. It can be caused by problems with the inner ear, such as labyrinthitis or vestibular neuronitis. Disequilibrium can also be caused by neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis.
Psychogenic dizziness: Psychogenic dizziness is a type of dizziness that is caused by psychological factors, such as anxiety or depression. It can be described as feeling dizzy or lightheaded, but without any physical cause.
Orthostatic hypotension: Orthostatic hypotension is a type of dizziness that occurs when you stand up quickly from a seated or lying position. It can be caused by a drop in blood pressure, which can be the result of dehydration, heart problems, or medication side effects.
Motion sickness: Motion sickness is a type of dizziness that occurs when you're in a moving vehicle or on a boat. It can be caused by a conflict between what your eyes see and what your inner ear senses. Motion sickness can be treated with medication or by avoiding triggers, such as reading in a car.
Other causes: There are many other potential causes of dizziness, including anemia, hypoglycemia, ear infections, and dehydration.
In conclusion, dizziness can be caused by a wide range of factors, and the type of dizziness you experience can give clues to the underlying cause. If you're experiencing dizziness, it's important to speak with your healthcare provider to determine the cause and the appropriate treatment.