Skip to main content

I Feel Dizzy All the Time: Do I Have Vertigo?

I Feel Dizzy All the Time: Do I Have Vertigo?

You may feel light-headed, unsteady, woozy, or like the floor is moving. Dizziness is frequently described differently by those who suffer from it. That’s not surprising, since dizziness doesn’t emerge from a single cause. 

Vertigo is sometimes thought of as a synonym of dizziness, though vertigo’s characteristic symptom is a sensation of spinning, as though the world is moving around you. You may feel dizzy when you have vertigo, and you can also feel dizzy without it. 

While occasional, short-duration dizziness is normal, frequent or constant episodes may be a symptom of another disorder. When you’re experiencing an unexplained issue with dizziness or vertigo, or if your symptoms interfere with daily living, schedule a visit to Lawrence Otolaryngology Associates for an evaluation. 

Reasons behind your dizziness

When your dizziness includes spinning sensations and indicates vertigo, the most common reason is a disorder called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This can arise from a bump to the head, whiplash, or other sudden movement of your head, but in many cases, a cause may not be identified. 

Vertigo can also accompany Ménière’s disease, a chronic condition affecting fluid buildup in the inner ear. Benign tumors called acoustic neuromas that surround the auditory nerve can also cause dizziness with vertigo. 

It’s possible to feel dizzy but without the accompanying spinning sensation that defines vertigo. Blood circulation can be associated with dizziness. A rapid decrease in blood pressure could cause feelings of faintness or lightheadedness. This is usually temporary and isolated, such as after you get up too quickly. 

If you have chronically poor circulation, related dizziness may also be a chronic issue. 

Medications are sometimes behind dizziness. When you’re taking medications to lower your blood pressure, you could experience dizziness as a result of the drug, perhaps a sign that it’s lowering blood pressure too much. Other drugs that can create dizziness as a side effect include: 

Dizziness could be a sign of low blood sugar, particularly if you use insulin to control diabetes. Low iron levels, called anemia, could cause dizziness as well as pale skin and fatigue. 

Simply getting older can increase the frequency of dizziness, which can also be a symptom of neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Patients who suffer from some anxiety disorders may feature dizziness among their symptoms. 

Overheating and dehydration could be a cause of dizziness, particularly in the summer months when both conditions can sneak up on you. 

Complications of dizziness

Though dizziness and vertigo rarely result from life-threatening conditions, loss of control or balance can be a direct threat to your health from falls or other accidents. Driving or operating heavy equipment could be hazardous if your symptoms come on without warning. 

Dizziness often traces back to your vestibular system and the balance organs within your inner ear. That makes the specialists at Lawrence Otolaryngology Associates your best choice for examination and treatment. 

Contact the most convenient office in Lawrence or Ottawa by phone to schedule a personal consultation. Both dizziness and vertigo can be treated to reduce or eliminate their effects on your life. Call for an appointment today. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

Adjusting Well to Your Hearing Aids

Corrective devices all carry adjustment periods. Eyeglasses tend to be easy, particularly if you’ve worn glasses for years. Hearing aids are another matter. Generally, these take longer to feel like your new normal.

How to Relieve Your Acute Sinusitis Symptoms

You might think of acute sinusitis as a remnant of a cold or flu, a sinus infection, or just plain stuffiness. A sinus infection can create miserable headaches and uncomfortable breathing conditions. Here are some ideas to help.

5 Signs of an Adult Ear Infection

Ear infections aren’t only a problem for youngsters. Adults can get them, too, but usually not with the same frequency as kids, who have their youthful anatomy working against them. A middle ear infection can be painful, no matter your age. 

Helpful Tips on How to Protect Your Hearing

Just as your risk of skin cancer rises with every sunburn, your risk of hearing loss increases with every dangerous exposure to loud noise. Last night’s rock concert may not have an immediate effect, but it contributes over the long haul.

Why Do I Lose My Voice Easily?

Losing your voice can be a disconcerting feeling, when you open your mouth and nothing comes out except a breathy rasp of a sound that barely carries your words. Chronic or recurrent dysphonia points to problems other than respiratory infections.

How Do I Know if My Thyroid Isn't Functioning Properly?

Problems with the thyroid gland start when it either over- or under-produces its native hormones. The resulting symptoms depend on which side of the disorder you experience. However, it’s sometimes hard to trace symptoms back to the thyroid.