When our balance is upset, we feel insecure in space. Walking and standing are difficult. There are often other symptoms as well, such as sweating, nausea or vomiting. Visual or hearing impairments are also possible. Those affected often experience dizziness as frightening. General practitioners state that about every 13th patient visits their practice because of dizziness. Older people report dizziness more often than younger people.
Various senses deliver information to the brain about the position of the body in space. This involves: vision, the sense of balance in the inner ears and the sense of touch and depth in the skin, muscles and joints. When these senses send different information, the brain gets “mixed up”. Sometimes the cause lies in the brain itself: It no longer processes sensory impressions correctly. This is the case, for example, when it does not receive proper blood flow, lacks nutrients or is affected by toxins. Emotions also have an impact on whether we feel balanced or not. Dizziness can have many different causes.
Some head movements, physical exertion or getting up from lying down can cause dizziness, as can new glasses, certain medications and metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Also tell your doctor if you have any other symptoms, such as vomiting, hearing problems, heart palpitations, or a sad mood.
If the dizziness is new, lasts longer or is very severe, you should see a doctor.
Describe your dizziness and other symptoms as accurately as possible. The doctor can deduce the cause from your description.
Try to stay calm and have patience. The dizziness usually stops on its own.