Dizziness, described as feeling lightheaded, weak or faint, can come on at any time. There are many causes of dizziness that can include anything from a drop in blood pressure to an underlying health condition. Vertigo creates a spinning sensation, but it usually does not last long. Middle-aged women are at higher risk of experiencing dizziness due to menopausal hormone fluctuations. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential in order to prevent dizziness from occurring.
Common Causes of Dizziness
There are several causes of dizziness, most of which can be traced back to physical conditions, such as a sudden drop in blood pressure, hormonal shifts, or inner ear imbalance. A sudden drop in blood pressure can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting. This is typically caused by standing up too quickly, more so after eating a big meal. The inner ear contains sensors that help detect motion and gravity, so if your equilibrium is off, you are likely to experience dizziness and nausea.
Common symptoms of dizziness include a false sense of motion, loss of balance, and loss of consciousness. Other dizziness symptoms can include blurred vision, hearing loss, headaches, difficulty speaking, and walking, and irregular heartrate.
Uncommon Causes of Dizziness
Other factors, in rare cases, can contribute to dizziness. These include:
Allergies can affect the inner ear, causing imbalance and dizziness.
Traumatic head injuries can have lasting effects even months after the incident. This includes dizzy spells and nausea. It is important to see a doctor to make sure that there is no additional swelling or serious concerns.
Diabetes is characterized by consistently low levels of blood sugar, and it is also sometimes linked to dizziness.
Heavy lifting and other strenuous activity can cause lightheadedness and dizziness. It is important to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks when doing any kind of strenuous activities.
Antibiotics have been known to cause dizziness, specifically vertigo. It is important to be aware of the potential side effects of any medication you take.
Anemia is a severe form of nutrient deficiency usually resulting in fewer red blood cells and it can cause the body to be thrown off balance.
This is very rare, but a tumor in the inner ear - known medically as acoustic neuroma - has been known to cause chronic dizziness because it affects the inner ear and thus balance.
Dizziness in middle-aged women becomes more common due to hormone fluctuations and age. It is important to be aware of the common and uncommon causes of dizziness in order to try and prevent it. Previous concussions, anemia, and certain medications are among the uncommon causes of dizziness.
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- Mayo Clinic Staff. (2012). Dizziness Causes. Retrieved October 31, 2014, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dizziness/basics/causes/con-20023004
- University of Maryland Medical Center. (2011). Dizziness. Retrieved October 31, 2014, from http://umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/dizziness