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What causes lightheadedness especially when moving around or bending?

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Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2015
Question: For the past couple of days I have been experiencing lightheadedness, especially when moving around or bending over. I have also had spells of hot flashes and muscle weakness. I am fine when sitting still.
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Answered by Dr. Baranidharan Kuselan (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Vertigo and orthostatic hypotension

Detailed Answer:
Hi there,
Thanks for using HCM.

The lightheadedness that you experience while moving around or bending could due to vertigo or orthostatic hypotension.

Vertigo could be as a result of conditions like benign positional vertigo, inner ear problem like Meniere's disease or nerve problem like acoustic neuroma.

Orthostatic hypotension is a condition in which there is a drop in blood pressure when there is a change in posture. This could occur when you are dehydrated, when you have problems with heart , hormones or nervous system.

Hot flashes and muscle wekaness are common in post menopausal women.

You can discuss with your physician about these possibilities and get tests done.

I hope that answers your question.

With kind regards,
Dr.Barani

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What causes lightheadedness especially when moving around or bending?

Brief Answer: Vertigo and orthostatic hypotension Detailed Answer: Hi there, Thanks for using HCM. The lightheadedness that you experience while moving around or bending could due to vertigo or orthostatic hypotension. Vertigo could be as a result of conditions like benign positional vertigo, inner ear problem like Meniere's disease or nerve problem like acoustic neuroma. Orthostatic hypotension is a condition in which there is a drop in blood pressure when there is a change in posture. This could occur when you are dehydrated, when you have problems with heart , hormones or nervous system. Hot flashes and muscle wekaness are common in post menopausal women. You can discuss with your physician about these possibilities and get tests done. I hope that answers your question. With kind regards, Dr.Barani