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Dizziness while standing or sitting. What should I do?

hi,i am 20 yrs old. i sometimes feel dizzy like floating in air when i close my eyes,while standing or sitting or lying. i cannot stand in one erect position ata particular angle as i close my eyes and i feel like turning myself. standing in a same position for a long time with closed eyes irritates me. and i am facing this problem since i was 7 years old,and its still there, what shud i do???
Asked On : Sat, 4 Aug 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your symptoms. I would like to reassure you that your symptoms do not suggest any serious neurological problem.

We need to exclude a disease of peripheral nerves (peripheral neuropathy) or spinal cord disease (myelopathy), where one can feel dizzy or lose balance while standing with closed eyes. This is called as Rhomberg's sign in clinical neurology.

Please get examined by a neurologist. He may order for MRI spine and nerve conduction studies for confirmation of diagnosis.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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