Dizziness is a feeling of lightheadedness that generally serves as a symptom of an underlying condition rather than as an illness in itself. A person who is dizzy may also feel woozy or lose his balance easily. As a result, it is important to identify the underlying cause and find a way to stop the dizzy spells from recurring.
Common Causes of Dizziness
The following are some common causes of dizziness (in no particular order):
- Labyrinthitis – This is a condition that involves inner ear inflammation. As a result, the nerve that detects movement of the head becomes inflamed, and dizziness or vertigo may result.
- Low Blood Pressure – Low blood pressure is not usually something to worry about. However, if it gets too low, dizzy spells or fatigue may occur.
- High Blood Pressure – People also refer to this as hypertension. High blood pressure is a serious condition that may lead to a stroke or heart attack. Dizziness is just one symptom.
- Low Blood Sugar – When blood sugar gets low enough to cause dizzy spells, it may be dangerous, especially for someone with diabetes.
- Meniere’s Disease – While this condition is not common, vertigo is the primary symptom, and so it is commonly associated with dizziness.
- Anxiety – A panic disorder may lead to a panic attack or hyperventilation, both of which can cause dizzy spells.
- Dehydration – If dehydration has reached the point of dizziness, it may be a medical emergency. This is also true if the dizziness and dehydration are heat-induced.
- Ear Infection – Dizziness will likely only occur until the infection is cleared up.
Relieving Dizzy Spells Naturally
When it comes to many cases of dizziness, the underlying problem is an upper cervical misalignment. Such misalignments can be due to sports injuries, car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and the like. These misalignments can put pressure on the brainstem, affect blood flow to the brain, and may even affect Eustachian tube function. Dizziness is just one possible result.
If you are experiencing dizzy spells, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, be sure to seek out the help of an upper cervical chiropractor. A gentle adjustment may be your first step on the road to better health.