Elise Allen, M.D.Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute
Dizziness is a common health complaint among adults and seniors and is the number one reason people over the age of 60 visit their doctor. Often dizziness comes on suddenly and can be described as a whirling sensation, light headedness, a feeling of disorientation or a loss of balance. A loss of balance could lead to a potentially serious fall.
Often people will complain about a general dizziness feeling, but in actuality the characteristics of the dizziness feeling have distinct classifications, including:
The most common cause of dizziness is Benign Paroxysmal Position Vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is related to the change of position, when rolling over in bed or sitting up or lying down. BPPV is usually associated with brief, but severe vertigo. Vertigo is a symptom and has different causes.
In adults and seniors, a host of medical problems such as heart disease, Parkinson’s, alcoholism and depression can bring upon bouts of dizziness. In addition, several other factors could increase the frequency of dizziness spells, including:
Dizziness can be troublesome and often debilitating, causing apprehension about engaging in activities. To manage the dizziness feeling, a physician may suggest several techniques such as:
If you have repeat or frequent dizziness, schedule an appointment with your physician. If your dizziness is associated with numbness, tingling, arm, leg or facial weakness, slurred speech, visual change or difficulty swallowing, Or if you experience dizziness from a head trauma or injury, seek immediate attention.