Sleep apnea can create different kinds of dizzy spells in the same person. We know that sleep apnea causes these, because treatment with CPAP can prevent them or stop them from recurring.
Sleepiness is an important clue to the source of dizziness. Do you awaken in the night and have trouble falling back asleep? Are you sleepy during the day, drifting off during meetings? These are hints that your dizziness may be linked to your lack of sleep. Sleep apnea is a serious cause of these symptomsContinue reading “Sleepy all the time? Snoring can make you dizzy”
Migraines are a common inherited form of severe headache, often on one side of the head. Nausea and worsening with bright lights or loud noises is typical. People with migraine are more sensitive to all sensations than other people, including sensitivity to motion, dizziness and pain. Reduced blood flow in the brain can cause temporaryContinue reading “Vestibular Migraine”
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a mechanical disorder of the semicircular canals of the inner ear. There are three of these ring-shaped canals in each ear, along with two other sensors that are able to sense gravity because they are capped by a bed of relatively heavy crystals. It is the shifting of theseContinue reading “BPPV”
Earlier blog pages have discussed the different feelings of dizziness that the inner ear can generate: spinning, tilting or rocking, and elevator sensations. The most common sensation indicating an inner ear problem is a feeling of whirling. The inner ear has three sensors for spinning, the semicircular canals. Because your head is firmly connected toContinue reading “How long do spells last?”
Some spells come on out of the blue with no warning at all. Others can be set off by something you do, or something you encounter—a trigger. Spells with triggers are more likely to be benign, meaning that they often do not harm the ear. Spells that come on without any warning are more likelyContinue reading “What triggers your dizzy spells?”
Repeated spells of vertigo can stem from damaging disorders affecting the inner ear or brain but can also be caused by temporary malfunctions that are otherwise harmless to the ear. Recurrent vestibulopathy is a non-specific term that simply means that repeated spells of vertigo are occurring for which a cause has not yet been determined. Continue reading “Recurrent dizzy spells”
Motion sickness is a form of dizziness with nausea and vomiting that can occur when you are a passenger in rapidly moving vehicles like cars, boats, airplanes, and spaceships. It can come on when using moving devices like swings, or riding on an amusement park ride. Even watching certain rapidly-rotating objects like a ceiling fanContinue reading “Motion Sickness”
Ringing in the ears, called tinnitus, is a sign of inner ear disease. It is normal to occasionally feel a sudden stuffiness in one ear followed by ringing that gets louder and then subsides over several seconds. When the feeling persists for several minutes or more, it can indicate an ear problem. The sounds heardContinue reading “Beyond Dizziness: Other symptoms of vestibular disease”
Nausea and vomiting commonly accompany vertigo. People vary in how sensitive they are to motion. Some vomit with even mild dizziness, and others can experience violent vertigo with only mild nausea. If you can see the environment spinning, and it continues for more than a few minutes, nausea will usually begin to build. Vomiting canContinue reading “Why does vertigo make me sick?”
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