Dizziness

Brain & Spine Specialists

Neurologists & Neurosurgeons located in Panama City, FL

A hot day, standing in one position too long, and dehydration can all make you feel dizzy. But when your dizziness recurs, is severe, or you have vertigo, it’s time to call the experts at Brain & Spine Specialists. Their team will get to the underlying cause of your dizziness and start treatment so you can stop feeling dizzy and go on with your life. If you have questions about a dizzy spell, call one of the two offices in Panama City, Florida, or schedule an appointment using the online booking feature.

Dizziness Q&A

What is dizziness?

Dizziness refers to feeling lightheaded, faint, or unsteady and ready to lose your balance. Vertigo makes you feel like you or your surroundings are spinning. Vertigo is a type of dizziness, but the two conditions develop from different causes.

What causes dizziness?

Your body coordinates multiple systems to ensure you stay balanced, from muscles and sensors throughout your body to your inner ear. These systems seamlessly coordinate to ensure you don’t feel dizzy, but any number of medications and health conditions can cause balance problems.

These are a few conditions that cause dizziness.

  • Inner ear infection
  • Migraine
  • Anemia
  • Allergies
  • Head injury
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

It’s important to know that dizziness may be the sign of a stroke. If you’re dizzy and you have other stroke symptoms such as confusion, double vision, a headache or numbness on one side of your face or body, seek immediate medical attention.

What causes vertigo?

The most common type of vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, occurs when tiny calcium crystals in your inner ear become detached and float in the fluid-filled chambers in your inner ear.

When these crystals disrupt your inner ear, your body becomes more sensitive to head movements. As a result, you develop vertigo.

Along with its spinning sensation, vertigo can also cause a headache, ringing in your ears, involuntary eye movements, and nausea. Vertigo also tends to make you feel disoriented.

How is dizziness treated?

After a complete medical examination and performing diagnostic testing as needed, your doctor at Brain & Spine Specialists determines the best treatment based on the underlying cause of your dizziness.

The doctors at Brain & Spine Specialists often put vertigo patients through simple body maneuvers that force the crystals to move out of the fluid. Other types of dizziness may need medication to relieve symptoms or balance therapy.

In some cases, your doctor may inject the affected inner ear with medication that disables its ability to help you balance. Following the injection, the other ear takes on full responsibility for balance.

If you develop dizziness, call Brain & Spine Specialists or use online booking to schedule an appointment.