Dizziness includes the feeling of the room spinning, loss of balance, or light headedness, often associated with nausea. Feeling dizzy is uncomfortable, and the sensations can vary from person to person. Some people describe feeling light-headed or unsteady. Other people feel a sense that the room is spinning or moving, a sensation also called vertigo. Some people may lose their balance or feel nauseated. Dizziness can even make you feel weak and tired or make it difficult to concentrate.
What to Do
- If you are experiencing repeated or extended dizziness, call your doctor for evaluation.
- Sudden dizziness is a possible sign of a stroke. Call 911, and check the time. When did the first symptom start? You'll be asked this important question later.
Dizziness in Depth
Learn more about dizziness from Intermountain's Patient Education Library:
Dizziness can be caused by medication or by a wide variety of conditions, including inner ear problems and migraines. However, dizziness can also be a sign that the heart is not pumping enough blood because of blocked arteries, heart rhythm problems, or heart disease. If you are experiencing repeated or extended dizziness, call your doctor for evaluation.