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What Causes Dizziness When I Stand Up?

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Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016
Question: i am light headed and feel unstable when I stand up. Not really dizzy but close to it. was very sick one day last week with what I thought was vertigo. Just can't seem to get back to feeling normal. what to do? When I've had vertigo in the past, the dizziness went away after a few days.
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Erion Spaho (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Orthostatic hypotension, BPPV.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

In my opinion, two are main conditions that are necessary to be considered in your case:

1. Postural ( orthostatic ) hypotension, or lowering of blood pressure related to body position changes ( from laying to sitting or standing ).

2. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

Discuss with your primary care Doctor about monitoring your blood pressure in different body positions and about tilt table test in order to evaluate orthostatic hypotension.

If no significant blood pressure changes, BPPV should be considered.

Please rate and close the answer if you found the answer helpful and if you don't have any other questions or clarifications.

Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Veerisetty Shyamkumar
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What Causes Dizziness When I Stand Up?

Brief Answer: Orthostatic hypotension, BPPV. Detailed Answer: Hello and thanks for using HCM. I have read your question and understand your concerns. In my opinion, two are main conditions that are necessary to be considered in your case: 1. Postural ( orthostatic ) hypotension, or lowering of blood pressure related to body position changes ( from laying to sitting or standing ). 2. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Discuss with your primary care Doctor about monitoring your blood pressure in different body positions and about tilt table test in order to evaluate orthostatic hypotension. If no significant blood pressure changes, BPPV should be considered. Please rate and close the answer if you found the answer helpful and if you don't have any other questions or clarifications. Take care.