6 Causes of Dizziness

You have probably experienced a sensation of spinning around or a loss of balance at one time or another in your life. Your internal balance is regulated by a complex system involving your brain and vestibular systems in both your ears and your eyes. Dizziness most commonly occurs when there is a problem involving these organs. Here are some conditions that might cause you to feel dizzy.

1. Cardiovascular problems

When you sit down or stand up suddenly, it might result in orthostatic hypotension. This is caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure. When this happens, your brain won’t be able to get enough blood. Also, heart conditions such as heart attacks, cardiomyopathy and arrhythmias can cause this to happen. These conditions can cause you to feel lightheaded or faint.

2. Meniere’s disease

This is one of the less common causes of dizziness. It is caused by an excess accumulation of fluid in the inner ear. Since your inner ear controls your balance, this disease can cause episodes of dizziness that may occur for a few hours. Experiencing dizziness with ringing in your ear and hearing loss that comes and goes may be a sign of Meniere’s disease.

3. Hypoglycemia

People who have diabetes usually take insulin to compensate for their body’s lack of the hormone. This insulin can cause excessive reduction in blood sugar levels, which may leave them feeling dizzy, sweaty and anxious.

4. BPPV

There is some calcium and other protein-based crystals contained in your inner ear. If these crystals are removed from their original position, or start moving freely in your ear canals, it will cause a temporary feeling of dizziness. This condition is known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.

5. Drugs

Taking antibiotics that have adverse effects on the ears can cause Dandy’s syndrome, a condition where everything seems to bounce up and down. Some drugs, especially those for blood pressure control, may have side effects that include dizziness. This is why it is important to check in with your doctor before taking any medication.

6. Nutrient deficiency

Dizziness might point to a deficiency of some nutrients in your body. Micronutrients like Vitamin B12, Magnesium or Iron play important roles in regulating your circulation, and a deficiency in them can cause you to feel dizzy at times.

Infrequent dizzy spells shouldn’t bother you. However, when these episodes become more frequent, you should seek professional help to rule out more serious and life threatening conditions.

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