Dizziness and Vertigo

What is it?
Dizziness
  • Imbalance
  • lightheadedness
Vertigo
  • Specific dizziness that causes a spinning sensation or a sensation of movement when there is no external movement.
What are the symptoms?
  • Spinning trigger by movement like turning the head or turning over in bed
  • Nausea or even vomiting
  • Falling
  • Difficulty walking or needing to hold onto things to be stable
What’s going on behind the scenes?
  • Vertigo
    • The inner part of the ear houses the peripheral vestibular organs which is made of the semicircular canals, saccule, and utricle. These organs send signals to our brain about balance and awareness of our surroundings. The most common causes of vertigo are viral infections or inflammation.
    • A notable cause of vertigo is vestibular migraines, which are headaches accompanied by light and sound sensitivity. Vertigo/dizziness can occur without headaches as well. Motion intolerance from riding in cars, elevators, escalators is common as well with vestibular migraines.
  • Dizziness
    • This sensation can be due to a laundry list of causes like dehydration, motion sickness, a quick change in blood pressure, side effects from prescribed medications. It’s common to experience changes in balance with advanced age.
How Tucson ENT can help
We have balance testing services available to help identify the cause of dizziness and vertigo. Once the causes are identified, we work closely with other healthcare providers to treat the source of your symptoms.
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