Dizziness can be an uncomfortable and worrying experience, especially if it happens regularly. Dizziness is defined as feeling lightheaded, disorientated or unsteady on your feet. It can be mild or severe and there are many common, and not so common, triggers. Some people experience dizziness due to motion sickness for example, while others struggle with dizziness when they experience certain smells.
Sometimes dizziness is linked to a medical condition. People experiencing regular bouts with no clear explanation should visit their GP. Sometimes dizziness may require a referral to a neurologist. Dr Paviour treats many patients who experience dizziness as a symptom of a neurological condition. Here we’re looking at some of the possible medical reasons for this feeling.
Stroke is a neurological condition and it occurs when there is a reduction of blood supply to the brain. One of the classic symptoms of stroke is dizziness and it usually occurs alongside headache. Strokes are always considered a medical emergency and it is important to act as quickly as possible. The sooner you get treatment for a stroke, the less chance there is of permanent brain damage.
Concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain. It results from a hard knock or blow to the head. This impact causes the brain to bounce and move inside the skull, resulting in concussion. Concussion usually begins with a headache but often other symptoms follow including dizzy spells, balance problems, seizures and periods of confusion. Patients need quick medical attention after a traumatic head injury to ensure concussion is not a problem.
Neurological Problems and Medical Conditions
There are a wide range of neurological conditions that may result in dizzy spells. Patients should not worry they have one of these conditions if they experience dizzy moments, but it is important to get medical attention and find out the root cause of the problem if it is occurs regularly.
Patients with Parkinson’s Disease can often experience dizzy spells. The disease can affect the release of norepinephrine, which causes low blood pressure. This can lead to dizziness and vertigo, both of which can be very distressing. Furthermore, multiple sclerosis patients also experience the symptom as balance often becomes a problem as the disease progresses.
Appointments with Dr Paviour
Dizziness should not be ignored. It can be a sign of a more serious medical problem or it may be something you can treat quickly and easily. It is vital to get answers for your own peace of mind and future health. Dr Paviour regularly sees patients experiencing this and many other neurological symptoms, so get in touch to discuss an appointment.
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