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Episode of dizziness. What is happening?

two night ago while sleeping I turn over in bed and I felt like I was tipping backward in bed, dizzy feeling. yesterday I when shopping and I bent sideways to look for a product way in the back of the bottom shelve. I felt very dizzy and it a good thing the cart was right there because I think I would have fallen over. When I righted my side, it still felt like I was sideways. I bend down to pat my cat last night and the same thing happen. This time I was in the middle of the room. I had I could do the walk over to the chair and hold on. What it this that happened to me? Thanks in advance. Gloria
Asked On : Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Dear Gloria
Welcome to HCM!
Thanks for posting your query here.

The dizziness you are saying about is called vertigo-more specifically a positional vertigo. Vertigo is a sense of spinning or whirling movement. It is very common in females than males and its presence increases with age. It is because of an imbalance in the inner ear or the vestibular system. Most of the times it is associated with nausea and vomiting and it increases in the cold environment. Vertigo can be seen in BPPV-Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo,Menieres disease, inner ear pathology. Alcohol consumption sometimes may cause vertigo. In severe cases it is associated with blurring of vision and difficulty in speech
The most common is BPPV. It can be diagnosed by an ENT surgeon who will check the inner ear and the vestibular system. The treatment depends on the root cause of the vertigo. BPPV can be treated by vertin of 4 or 8mg per a day. Meniers disease needs a thorough evaluation. In severe cases surgery is indicated.
Please take an appointment with ENT doc untill then avoid stuping forward, bending down and sudden turning of the head sideways. These will aggravate the problem.
Hope this helps to you.
Answered: Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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