Dizziness is a common symptom thats not usually a sign of anything serious, but should beinvestigated by a doctor.
The term "dizziness" means different things to different people some use it to describe feeling lightheaded or off balance, while others use it to describe a feelingthat their surroundings are spinning.
Because thesymptom is quite vague and can be caused bya wide range of things, it may not always be easy to identify the underlying cause of dizziness.
Thispage explains what you should do if you feeldizzy for no apparent reason, and outlines the most common causes.
See your GP if you're feeling lightheaded or off balance and you're worried, particularly if you also have other symptoms, such as Syncope episodes or headaches .
Your GP will first want to establish exactly what you mean by dizziness, and check that you're not actually describing vertigo a severe type of dizziness,where you feel your surroundings are spinning or moving.
Theyll also want to know:
Dizziness can sometimes be caused by an ear condition. A simple way of distinguishing between ear-related dizziness and dizziness due to other causes is todetermine whether it occurs only when you're upright or also when you're lying down.
Dizzinessthat occurswhen you're upright is probably not related to the ear. Dizzinessthat happens when you're lying down is usually caused by a viral ear infection, which can't be treated with antibiotics .
Its a good idea to keep a diary of your dizziness, recording when and where you experience the problem, and take it with you to your GP appointment. It's helpful to note:
If you're taking prescription medicine, your GP will probably review this to check whether dizziness is a possible side effect. If necessary, they can prescribe a different medication for you to try.
You may be referred to a specialist for further tests and investigations.
The most common causes of dizziness are outlined below.
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Less common causes of dizziness include:
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