Stop Spinning: Dizziness and Balance Disorders

SpinningDo you ever have the sensation that the world is spinning around you? We mean aside from the feeling that time is just flying by out of control. If you experience dizziness or spinning sensations, a feeling like you’re going to fall, lightheadedness, blurred vision or disorientation, you may have a dizziness or balance disorder. Whether your symptoms are mild or severe, they can have a huge impact on your day-to-day functioning, especially since they often including nausea, vomiting and the real possibility of falling and hurting yourself.

Dizziness is actually a blanket term covering four common conditions, listed below with descriptions from WebMD.

  • Vertigo. About half of all dizziness complaints are vertigo, which is the feeling of motion when there is no motion, such as you spinning or your environment spinning.
  • Lightheadedness. This condition makes you feel as if you are going to faint or pass out, and you may actually do so.
  • Disequilibrium. With this condition, sufferers will feel unsteady while standing or walking.
  • Anxiety. At times when people are very nervous or scared, they may actually feel somewhat light-headed in addition to anxious.

The good news is that occasional bouts of dizziness, especially lightheadedness, are normal and resolve themselves on their own. However, If you are experiencing them regularly, you’ll want to see a physician. Chronic dizziness can be caused by a number of serious medical conditions such as:

  • Problems with the inner ear
  • Drop in blood pressure and blood flow to the brain
  • Getting up too quickly from a sitting or lying down position
  • Medications
  • Migraine
  • Head injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Meniere’s disease

Our physicians at Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat have the experience and expertise to bring your spinning world to a halt. Schedule an appointment today to find out how we can help you. When you come in, we will take time to thoroughly discuss your medical history and your symptoms. Next, we’ll examine your ear, nose and throat to see if there are any issues there and do series of tests, which may include:

  • Testing of nerve function
  • Blood pressure test
  • Balance tests
  • Hearing evaluation
  • Tests of your eye motion
  • In some cases, blood tests or a heart evaluation
  • Less often, a CT scan or MRI of your head

Once we get results, we’ll help you understand them and the available treatment options. Whether a separate health problem needs to be addressed, a medication causing symptoms needs to be changed, or balance exercises should be implemented, we’ll do what it takes to get you on the path to stability.

Call Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat today at (203) 574-5997 and schedule an audiology appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices.

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