When a patient states they are “dizzy it can mean several things. It is important to describe your dizziness as best as possible. Dizziness can be described as:
Lightheadedness or a feeling that you are about to faint or “pass out.” Although you may feel dizzy, you do not feel as though you or your surroundings are moving. Lightheadedness often goes away or improves when you lie down. You may sometimes feel nauseated or vomit when you are lightheaded.
Vertigo is a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement. You may feel as though you are spinning, whirling, falling, or tilting. When you have severe vertigo, you may feel very nauseated or vomit. You may have trouble walking or standing, and you may lose your balance and fall.
Imbalance is often described as not being sure of your footing or walking like a drunken sailor.You may feel like the room is tilted and often will reach out to steady yourself. Typically you do not feel ill when you feel this way and you can still function normally.
Although dizziness can occur in people of any age, it is more common among older adults. A fear of dizziness can cause older adults to limit their physical and social activities. Dizziness can also lead to falls and other injuries. Any of the symptoms of dizziness combined with tinnitus (ringing, hissing, howling or roaring) or a hearing loss need to be investigated.
Lightheadedness has many causes, including: Allergies. Illnesses such as the flu or colds. Vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, and other illnesses that cause dehydration. Anxiety and stress. The use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs.To much salt or sugar.