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Dealing with Dizziness and vertigo

Many people who feel dizzy have vertigo, a specific type of dizziness. Vertigo causes a sense of spinning dizziness, swaying, or tilting. You may feel that you are moving or that the room is moving around you. Vertigo can be caused by a number of different problems involving the inner ear or brain. Some of these problems are not serious while others can be life threatening. Usually, vertigo is brought on by Inner ear problems. It is best to see your health care provider when experiencing Dizziness and Vertigo.

The most common symptoms of vertigo include a feeling of:

●Spinning (you or the room around you)

●Tilting or swaying

●Feeling off balance

These feelings come and go, and may last seconds, hours, or days. You may feel worse when you move your head, change positions (stand up, roll over), cough, or sneeze. Along with vertigo, you may:

●Vomit or feel nauseous

●Have a headache or be sensitive to light and noise

●See double, have trouble speaking or swallowing, or feel weak

●Feel short of breath or sweaty, have a racing heart beat

You should seek help immediately if you have dizziness or vertigo along with any of the following:

●New or severe headache

●Temperature greater than 100.4ºF (38ºC)

●Seeing double or having trouble seeing clearly

●Trouble speaking or hearing

●Weakness in an arm or leg

●An inability to walk without assistance

●Passing out

●Numbness or tingling

●Chest pain

●Vomiting that will not stop

In addition, you should seek help immediately if you have vertigo that lasts for several minutes or more if you:

●Are an older adult

●Have had a stroke in the past

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