Why Am I Dizzy?

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Have you ever felt dizzy or as if the room was spinning around you? If the feeling happens often, it could be a sign of a balance problem. Balance problems are among the most common reasons that older adults seek help from a doctor.

Loss of your sense of orientation, which is what happens when you’re dizzy, is an extremely frightening situation for oneself and especially when it’s occurs over years, or when it’s unpredictable.

Several Causes of Dizziness Experience By Seniors

Here are some causes of dizziness experience by seniors, extracted from NIH website for seniors:

  1. Medication or Drugs for Certain Treatment

    A very important reason for difficulty with balance is medication that people tend to take as they get older — in particular, sedatives, specifically, anti-hypertensive, or blood pressure drugs.For example, high blood pressure medicine, some of them will cause you to feel dizzy or light-headed when you stand up rapidly. This makes you feels light-headed, dizzy and that can make you to have difficulties with your balance, even though it is not an inner-ear problem.

  2. Labyrinthitis – Swollen Ear Labyrinth

    Balance problems can be caused by problems in the part of the inner ear called the labyrinth. When the labyrinth is infected or swollen it can cause dizziness. This condition is called labyrinthitis.

  3. Ménière’s Disease – Changes in Volume of Inner Ear Fluid

    Some balance-related problems result from changes in the volume of fluid in the inner ear. Ménière’s disease affects adults of any age. It can sometimes be managed by diet. Ménière’s disease is thought to result from the over-accumulation of fluid in the inner ear, so treatment – first line treatment, at any rate, is aimed for reducing the fluid overload. One way one can try to reduce the fluid overload is by reducing the amount of salt or sodium chloride that one eats on a regular basis because salt makes you maintain fluids.

    The sodium content of foods is something that is included in the nutritional labeling. You probably will be quite surprised when you look at the sodium content of many common foods – particularly, processed foods, such a canned soups, frozen TV dinners – they have a quite high salt content.Another treatment approach to try and reduce the fluids involves the use of diuretics, that is, fluid pills, to make the patient get rid of the fluid.

  4. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

    Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV is the most common balance disorder that affects older adults. With BPPV, you may experience a brief, intense feeling of vertigo when you change the position of your head.

Diagnosis for Balance Problem

Although balance problems affect a number of older adults, sometimes it takes a while to get a clear diagnosis. One of the problems that patients have in getting a diagnosis is because it’s so hard to explain exactly what one means by dizziness. Dizziness to some people can mean “about to faint” or “light-headedness.” To other people, it could mean only a severe spinning sensation. To other people, it could mean a sense of imbalance.

Balance problems can be treated. If you have a balance problem, it is important that you see your doctor as soon as possible. Source: National Institute of Health, Senior Health.

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