Dizziness is a common symptom but can be due to many different causes. Sometimes people use the term ‘dizziness’ to describe feeling faint, whilst other times it may be when they feel the world spinning around them. Whilst dizziness may be a benign complaint, in some cases it can be caused by serious underlying problems such as brain or nerve conditions, irregular heart rhythms, or disorders of the inner ear. Other common causes include migraines, problems with medications, or viral illnesses.
When should I be worried?
Concerning symptoms include:
- Any facial or limb weakness, or loss of sensation
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- Visual changes
- Trouble walking
- Neck pain
It is important to work out whether a person’s dizziness is due to serious or benign causes. Regardless of the cause, if the dizziness persists, the individual should have a medical assessment and may need treatment. After finding out the cause of the dizziness, medical staff can treat the dizziness with:
- special manoeuvres in the clinic
- oral medications or injections, or
- with more specialised treatment.
If you have dizziness with any concerning symptoms or are otherwise concerned, please seek urgent medical attention.
The WiSE Walk-in Specialist Emergency Clinic can provide timely, accurate assessment and treatment of dizziness, through a specialist emergency medical review, imaging, and blood tests as required.
“This article provides general medical information only. You should consult with your own doctor and not rely on the information as applying to your individual situation. If you are concerned about your medical condition, please consult your own doctor. The information provided here is current as at the date of publication.”
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