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Feeling dizzy is quite common
I am sure you have experienced dizziness before. There are many variations of dizziness. Some of the terms used are giddiness, black-out feeling, light-headedness, vertigo, feeling of fainting and spinning feeling. From my personal experience, I think the most specific description of this feeling is “feeling as if one is going to faint at any moment, sometimes following a split-second black-out sensation”. At least this is the dizziness that I have been experiencing chronically throughout my life since young. So I wasn’t over worried when I had this dizzy spells recently. However when it persisted over a few days, I decided to see my doctor. The doctor was a bit worried when he checked my blood pressure which was extremely high at 175/120! So instead of treating my dizziness he treated my hypertension (or high blood pressure) which he suspected to be the cause of my dizziness. That is another story which you can read from the link on the right column at the end of this article titled “Danger Of Hypertension”. Here let us concentrate on the topic “What Is Dizziness”.
Two types of different subtle feelings of dizziness
Whatever term we used to describe our feeling of dizziness, “dizziness” can be classified under two types. The more common type is “light-headedness” , which is the type of feeling I described above about my chronic dizziness. The feeling of as if one is going to black-out and pass-out. This is not associated with the person feeling wobbly or the surrounding moving. It is mainly the feeling inside the head that one is going to faint. Light-headedness feeling is usually not a serious problem. It is caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure and blood flow to the head when you get up too fast from a seated or squatting position.
The other type which is a more serious symptom, is “vertigo”. It is the feeling that one is whirling or the surrounding is moving when there is actually none. In severe vertigo, one may feel nausea or vomit and even lose balance and fall. The more serious outcome of vertigo is syncope or fainting. One of the causes of vertigo is the inability of the inner ear or labyrinth to send the correct signal to the brain to maintain balance.
Causes of dizziness
The following are the likely causes of dizziness. Some of them are not serious, while others are more worrying. Should you have prolonged spells of dizziness it is important that you consult your doctor immediately, just like my case. If I had not consulted my doctor immediately, my critically high blood pressure might have gone undetected and I might have been in serious trouble.
· Anxiety and stress
· Seasickness or motion sickness
· Smoking and alcohol consumption
· Fatigue and tiredness
· Daytime sleepiness
· Hyperventilation (very deep and rapid breathing)
· Flu or cold
· Side effect from certain medication
· Inner ear disorder
· Injury to the ear or head
· Migraine headache
· Low blood oxygen (hypoxia)
· Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
· Low red blood cell count (anemia)
· High or low blood pressure
· Decreased blood flow to the base of the brain
· Growth in the space behind the eardrum (cholesteatoma)
· Brain tumors
- Danger Of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Hypertension or high blood pressure may be a silent killer leading to heart attack, stroke and kidney problems. You can monitor your blood pressure yourself the easy way. Eat healthy, exercise, relax.
- How To Stay Healthy For People Over 50
How to stay healthy for people over 50. Sharing with you how I stay healthy with my practical and down-to-earth healthy activities. If I can, so can you!
Please take care of your health
Dizziness is usually not a serious health problem. It usually will disappear on its own. However, dizziness may be a symptom to warn us of some impending health problems. If dizziness persists for more than a day, I would seek immediate medical attention.
This message is more pertinent to those who have passed middle age. To me, the threshold is 50 years old. Aging has no friend. It is our responsibilities to ensure that we take good care of our body and to maintain good health at all times. The three Golden Rules to maintain good health are, healthy diet, regularly exercise and a relaxed mental disposition.
Take care and be happy and of course, be healthy!