Patient Comments: Dizziness - Causes


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Comment from: Louie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I woke up and turned my head and got dizzy, and it has lasted on and off about two weeks. I do have 2 medicines for blood pressure (BP)… 148/60 to 138/82. I am 64 and now feel lightheaded most of the time. Bending over and standing back up will sometimes bring it on. I went to the doctor his morning and had a slew of lab work and an MRI to make sure it is not a silent stroke or brain tumor. Talk about anxiety! Now I am thinking about dizziness all the time; unbelievable.

Comment from: Elizabeth, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

After reading several posts, I decided to share my story of my chronic bronchitis since what I've been through for over a year has been a nightmare. It all began with a fractured root canal which was covered by a crown. I was unaware of the infected tooth since the nerve wasn't there; I only noticed that my gum was very swollen and saw my now ex-dentist. This woman did not notice on my x-rays any fractured root canal! After gum treatments I was still having problems and that's when I began to produce tons of mucus, severe post nasal drip, chest congestion with wheezing, and thought that the constant nose blowing, coughing up, coughing fits in public and a nasal and chest inflammation were going to drive me crazy. I saw my now ex-doctor who saw that I had severe congestion but advised me that it was probably my allergies, as if this miserable condition normal for me which it was not. The doctor did nothing and sent me home to take OTC medicines. A month later I was back in her office after fainting in front of my house from exhaustion and she discovered that I had pneumonia. Meanwhile the infected tooth was festering in my gum. I was given Levaquin and was still coughing and choking. When I felt a little better I returned to the dentist who allowed me to walk around for seven months with an infected tooth that infected my respiratory system having infected my sinuses to drip mucus into my lungs causing pneumonia! She finally realized the tooth had a fractured root which was infected and extracted it. I still was coughing with a tickling throat and constant nose blowing, an over production of mucus and returned to the useless doctor who advised me 'you're wheezing', did nothing, advised me she was leaving for another job and then she left her office never to be seen again. I finally found a competent doctor who prescribed fluticasone propionate nasal spray, cetirizine tablets, levofloxacin and an albuterol inhaler and am scheduled for a 'breathing test' as well as being referred to an Ent. Tickling throat means you have post nasal drip from an untreated sinus infection or perhaps a dental infection could be the cause (aside from an incompetent dentist and doctor). All this took a year and a half! I hope this tale of woe can help people get the appropriate treatment and it explained some of the things that can go wrong. I'm finally beginning to recover but I'm still exhausted. Good luck!

Comment from: Embarassed User, 35-44 (Patient) Published: November 16

I had a plantar wart for 6 months and decided to go with homeopathic treatment before going to the doctor (out of fear and embarrassment). I was told to try an apple cider vinegar soak for one hour a day. It was a pain, but I did it before I would go to bed while watching the news and did that for three weeks consecutively. It worked! My wart slowly disappeared. I am glad because I hate doctors and was really scared of getting 'scraped'.

Comment from: ME, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 18

I suddenly was having a vertigo/dizziness problem for 2 days. Turns out I was dehydrated from working out at the gym on a regular basis. Despite drinking what I thought was an adequate amount of water, I was chronically dehydrated for a period of time. Drinking a lot of water ended the problem.

Comment from: Hannah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I have had dizziness now for a week and I get a mild pain between my breasts sometimes, and a headache. It started on last Saturday when I took my ear plugs out after my nap. I stood up and was nauseated and really dizzy. I thought it would pass quickly but I still have it and I'm getting worried. I'm going to make a doctor appointment so I can get to the bottom of this. I also have weird vision sometimes. Looking at my iPad is making my eyes weird right now. I hope this isn't due to my heart.

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

Fluid behind my ear caused my dizziness.

Comment from: Precy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I have vertigo. Last year, I had an MRI and it was ok. I have a hearing loss in my left ear and some symptoms of tinnitus but it was only mild and I can cope with it. The problem now is I am often feeling dizzy and sweat a lot especially on my forehead; a cold sweat when dizziness attacks. Sometimes I have blurry vision, and headache, and I feel drowsy especially in the morning.

Comment from: DOTMAN, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 14

I always have dizziness each time I had sex to the extent that I almost fell off while standing because I used to stand up from bed to clean up after each time.


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Comment from: Venigalla, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I am feeling dizzy since 2 days. Recently my stress levels are increased. Perhaps this is the reason for my dizziness or maybe any other. I am a hypothyroid patient. My TSH was 7.7 last month and now it increased to 9.7. I am worried about this.

Comment from: ninkinindy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I wish I knew what caused my dizziness! I know some of the things that make it worse. The worst thing is bending over and straightening back up. Sitting up doesn"t seem to bring it on. Moderate exercise made it worse today. So did being the in whirlpool for 20 minutes, but otherwise that felt so good! My balance isn"t good to start with, I"ve used a cane for several years now; but this dizziness makes it imperative whenever I walk, even very short distances like from one side of a small room to the other. But those are symptoms, not the cause.

Comment from: Anne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I have been struggling with dizziness for over a year. It all started when I got a blast of hot water in my right ear at a hotel hot tub. The 1st week was vertigo at night, then dizziness during the day. The vertigo has gone but I'm left with dizziness 24/7. I have had all the tests done, nothing has helped. I recently took a transatlantic flight, and the problem has significantly worsened. I think the pressure inside the aircraft did me in. This is an unbearable way to live.

Comment from: Marie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I was feeling fine when I went to sleep. It was extremely cold in the house, and I slept in a draft, when I woke up, even my head was cold. I stood up and I was very dizzy, I had to hold onto the walls. I felt lightheaded. I take Benicar for high blood pressure.

Comment from: DIZZINESS, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 25

I am suffering from dizziness for a long time. Several investigations done, only fatty liver showed. I had CT scan of head and abdomen and consulted even an ENT doctor who advised me to have antidepressant sertraline 150mg.

Comment from: Carol, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I got up one morning and was so dizzy I could not walk without holding the wall to help me stay standing. I got nauseous and this lasted most of the day until I took something for nausea, then up and felt better eventually. This happened again about a week later, but I was sitting up and when I got up to move I was so dizzy I could not stand up. My blood pressure was up a little but not much. A week later I found out we had a gas leak in the house, which was fixed due to several leaks in the home. The gas stove line leading to pilot light, and water heater valve and the heater had a leak, and maybe the buildup created bad air and affected me, or it could be it happens when you get up in the morning. Try sleeping by yourself and see if you feel better, if that solves the problem then think about who you are sleeping with. I have been to many doctors too maybe the culprit is the bedroom.

Comment from: mikey 0000, Male (Caregiver) Published: October 09

My father is a diabetic. He is really sleepy, nauseous, dizzy-headed, and lightheaded and he also has numb fingers. He is sweating a lot and his fingers and toes are swollen.

Comment from: Adam Me, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I started with vertigo about 15 years ago. The doctor said that it was just vertigo, no reason behind it. Someone said here that they have low blood pressure; that is the same thing that I have and it's hereditary. Some days I don't feel it at all. However today I took a long rushed walk and when I returned back to the office, I've had major vertigo. I thought I was dehydrated and drank tons of fluids and had some tea, still no go.

Comment from: shanna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I had a root canal and still on antibiotics but I am so dizzy, I can’t deal with it.

Comment from: Dmv, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I often get dizzy when I stand up too quickly or really exert myself.

Comment from: Marsha, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I too have had a constant dizzy feeling 24/7 for about a yr. and a half now. I had an MRI, PT, saw an ENT, took Xanax, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and nothing cures it. I supposedly have Benign Positional Vertigo that just came about one day. Some days are unbearable because I just want to feel NORMAL again. Can't do anything quickly anymore! I get depressed from it at times - very discouraged that nothing helps it go away! I am only 58 and don't want this for 30 yrs. if I have that long to live! What about "Vestibular Therapy" from a PT? I really would like some answers and I like to do things naturally rather than pills that just mask the situation.


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Comment from: Teresa A., 55-64 Female Published: September 27

I bumped my forehead 8 days ago. Following a mild concussion I had an MRI scan which showed a small amount of calcification to the back of my brain. My blood pressure was high following the bump.

Comment from: Leanne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I have been struggling with dizziness for about 8 years. Sometimes I get so dizzy that I can't walk. When it first happened I was sent to an ear specialist that felt my crystals in my inner ear had fallen out of place. After strapping me in a chair and flipping around, nauseated instantly I had to remain upright for 48 hours. At this point lying down was not an option, dizzy spins took over. The crystal thing didn’t seem to work as I still struggle with dizziness regularly. Recently I have found out that I struggle with low blood pressure, no one has ever related the two. I guess low blood pressure is something that is in my family (distant) some days are worse than others and when I am run down, sick or overtired the vertigo gets worse. The other day I took my blood pressure and it was 103/63, I am a 46 year old women.

Comment from: Starboy, 65-74 Male Published: January 10

I was doing my morning stretches with some sit-ups as usual for the last 38 years. Suddenly, I felt so dizzy I had to hang onto the coffee table while my symptoms subsided. I could not have stood on my feet. In about a minute, the dizziness declined, but any time I bent over or looked up it returned. I still feel strange and fragile. The room wasn't spinning; the dizziness was inside my brain. I am 67, healthy, strong and live a physically active lifestyle. I have slightly elevated blood pressure: I take one 81mg aspirin/day and no other medicines.

Comment from: abhilash, 35-44 Female Published: June 10

In my tests my hematocrit (packed cell volume) is high, i.e., 51.0 more than the normal which is 40 to 50 in volume percentage.

Comment from: louwho, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I have been told I have extremely dense breast tissue and have had since I began having mammograms nearly 12 years ago. I have seen the pictures of my mammograms, and they are nearly entirely solid white. I know there is no way anyone can see anything behind it. I do have follow up ultrasounds, but have heard they also miss cancers. I wonder if a breast MRI would be in order also along with a consultation with a breast surgeon. It is unsettling to see the reaction I get from the radiology staff during the mammogram and ultrasound on how dense the breast tissue is and I am afraid they may be missing something.

Comment from: proudvet, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

I remember just like yesterday. I was outside with my wife when all of sudden I felt dizzy and everything was spinning. I saw stars just like in the cartoon.

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

I have no idea what caused the dizziness. I feel as if the room is spinning; especially lying down.

Comment from: SONI, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

Rising up after sitting for a while cases my dizziness.

Comment from: juanita, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I stopped taking Celexa and now I am experiencing dizziness.

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

I started getting severely dizzy when I started on a beta blocker.

Comment from: Dizzy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 17

Its fruit harvest time again in Asia and I am getting strange symptoms. A friend told me my sore gums were caused by eating rambutans. I researched this and see they are a traditional cure for that. Also they cure hypertension. Eureka. For two weeks I have eaten about 5 rambutan a day and now can not get out of bed in the morning without nearly passing out with dizziness. Why do people say this cures hypertension without warning that in fact it reduces blood pressure. Boy are these fruit strong medication. Now I see the cause of the dizziness.

Comment from: fluorouracil 0.5 cre, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I used Fluorouracil 0.5 topical cream for precancer treatment. After two weeks, I got so lightheaded and dizzy I thought I was going to pass out. Beware of this side effect, as my doctor didn’t put two and two together and said cream would not have done that. Trust me – it did.

Comment from: Virgo1x, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I have been feeling dizzy for a few days and feel like I'm going to pass out. I have gone to the doctor and told him how I have been feeling, and all I get is pill after pill.

Comment from: Kimo2327, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

I am on quite a few medications including antidepressants. Today I had a really big dizziness feeling while turning my head in a grocery store. I had to turn my head back but still felt it. I had a few burgers after the feeling went away. I have prostate problems and take medication for that also. But I'm not sure what is causing it.

Comment from: cynthia, Female Published: September 12

I am fifty years old and I get dizzy every time I lay down. It lasts for about a minute.

Comment from: KathyO, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I woke up yesterday, showered, dressed and was ready for work. I suddenly became nauseous. I ran to the bathroom, but since I had not eaten, I did not bring anything up. When I went to get up, I got extremely dizzy. I went to sit on a chair, and found I needed to lie down on the floor. I began to sweat, and the dizziness overcame me. Although I did not lose conscious, I did have my eyes closed. I noticed a huge bright light with a dark circle in the middle. I then had to get up and I did get sick to my stomach. The rest of the day, I just felt like I had a hangover. I have never experienced this before.

Comment from: dynomike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 03

I was at work, digging a trench, and suddenly got so dizzy I fell over. It was like I just got off of the tea cups at an amusement park but worse! Every time I picked my head up the spinning intensified. It really scared me. This lasted about 2-3 minutes. Luckily I was working at a fire station when this happened. All my heart readings and blood sugar came back normal. I felt like a fool, like what I was feeling was unjustified. It was not hot out and I drank plenty of water. The firemen said maybe I over-exerted myself but, I know that’s not the case. I have felt like I can’t catch my breath and not real sharp since. This happened this afternoon and I have not experienced any dizziness since. I don’t know if this is just something that "happened" or if something is wrong. The firemen’s tests were normal.

Comment from: Rick1975, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 19

I had a convulsive seizure a little less than a month ago and ever since then I have been experiencing a lot of dizziness. Sometimes when I'm just standing still it feels like I am slowly rocking back and forth, like being on a boat. Other times if I tilt my head too far to either side or too far forwards or backwards I experience a brief but much stronger feeling of dizziness that usually clears up after 7 or 8 seconds. Before my seizure I had been having constant ringing in my ears, which may be related to an inner ear problem (I had tubes in my ears when I was a child). Also, focusing on something that's very close to me like a PC monitor induces the same dizzy feeling, but if I look at something far away and then look back it goes away for a bit so I'm not sure if it could also be related to eye strain. I am scheduled to see a neurologist in the next couple of weeks, but I am very worried this is something I will just have to learn to live with. It also seems like I get exhausted much faster than I did before my seizure and I'm always fatigued. Is my body still trying to recover from the seizure or might it be something different that's causing my dizziness?

Comment from: JayGrey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I woke up dizzy one day in August and was diagnosed as being dehydrated. The dizziness lasted five days. My blood pressure was 155 over 80 or so but was not even mentioned. High blood pressure/strokes run in our family. I am only 48 years old but my mother started getting hypertension in her early 40's. I began testing my blood pressure at home and noticed it was high so I recorded my readings and was put on 25 mgs. or hydrochlorothiazide. After one month, about five days ago, I again woke up dizzy. I have been dizzy off and on, especially when reclining or leaning my head back, bending over, ever since. My doctor told me to stay on the medication and referred me to a cardiologist although my EKG was normal.

Comment from: Pete, 65-74 Male Published: January 05

This morning I awoke and I turned quickly and I felt a bit dizzy. I didn't think much about it, but when I later got out of bed, I felt dizzy again, and I went to get a cup of coffee and bent down, and again I felt dizzy. I am moving around now to see if I can get the same affect. I do feel a bit lightheaded at this time.

Comment from: Joanie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I have just started getting dizzy a few days ago. When I walk I feel as if I'm walking sideways. I don't feel faint I'm just dizzy. I do smoke at times my head starts to tingle. I don't know why this has started but it is real irritating.

Comment from: spiff4499, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I spent most of the weekend lying down as when I stood up I became so dizzy, I instantly became nauseous not to mention I could hardly walk. This has happened before but has never lasted more than a few hours (I am now on my third day although the symptoms have decreased). It always begins in the middle of the night, I feel like I can't wake up from a dream. When I get up to use the bathroom, I realize the dizziness is not a dream and that I can hardly see or walk. For me it is debilitating as this last bout was so severe I couldn't really move or eat or do anything but lie down. How can I avoid this!

Comment from: mtc, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

This morning I went for a walk in the neighborhood for 50 minutes. When I returned home I experienced dizziness and was out of breath. I have been eating more sugar foods for several days. I do have a low tolerance for sugar so normally I don't eat sweets. For several months I also have been experiencing shortness of breath whenever I bend down.

Comment from: annielittlechick, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

My blood pressure at 2:30 p.m. was 139/45 and I feel very dizzy. I am anemic and I had my last shot of iron this morning but I sill feel very light headed. I am taking lisinopril 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 at night but I still do not feel good. I have been feeling like this for the last two months.

Comment from: ddura281, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I got my first dizzy spell about 3 months after the birth of my last baby by c-section, I also got a tie-off. I am dizzy every day since December 22, 2010. My doctor had me do blood work and it came back with a low Hbg (9.7) and Hct (30.5). He diagnosed me with anemia and gave me Ferreron Tablets for 3 months. I am on iron pills since then but my pressure before and after taking the supplements have exceeded my usual 100/70 and 90/60 mark, once it went to 140/90! I still have dizzy spells but cannot take anymore iron supplement as it may be causing my blood pressure to increase and the dizziness to last all day and night.

Comment from: thirtysomething, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

My baby woke me up in the middle of the night and when I stood up getting out of bed I was extremely dizzy. The room was spinning and I almost fell over. I thought at first I was just really tired but then when I went to lay back down the dizziness got even worse and the room started spinning harder. I felt drunk but I wasn't. I sat up and the spinning subsided some then I got sick to my stomach and thought I was going to vomit but never did. After about an hour the spinning stopped and I was able to lay down and go back to sleep. I woke up at my usual time and felt better, kind of dizzy but not spinning.

Comment from: spunky, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

7 years ago at work I started feeling dizzy, like falling in a black hole but managed to pull myself out of it. I have ever since suffered with dizziness. A few weeks ago I had double vision, it lasted about 10 min. I am very sensitive to noise and movement. I am currently seeing a neurologist, had a cat scan and all related tests. They found I have a brain irritation and have been taking medication, but the dizziness is still as bad as ever.

Comment from: Patti, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I was walking my small dog at a fast pace on the sidewalk down the hill where we live when suddenly I started losing my balance and felt just a little lightheaded. I fell on my right side over the curb. I did not pass out. I'm on B/P meds: 5mg Lotensin and 5mg Norvasc. Also cholesterol Zocor 20mg.