Font Size


Dizziness overview

Dizziness is a common description for many different feelings. The feeling of dizziness, or a "dizzy spell," may be familiar to an individual, yet difficult to describe. The person may have a feeling of lightheadedness, spinning, whirling, or motion, either of themselves or of the surroundings. The person may also feel as if they are going to faint. Dizziness may be just mildly annoying or caused by something possibly life-threatening. Some of the reasons a person might feel the sensation of dizziness include:

Fainting or near fainting, which may result from:

Vertigo, which is similar to, but not the same condition as dizziness, is a medical term to describe a spinning sensation of a person's surroundings, usually caused by head movement or positioning. This is the same feeling an individual might have after getting off a merry-go-round or spinning in place. Several diseases of the balance organs of the inner ear can cause vertigo, or it may be a symptom of a tumor or stroke.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/18/2015

Must Read Articles Related to Dizziness

Anxiety Anxiety as a medical condition is characterized b...learn more >>
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Benign Positional Vertigo Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a common cause of vertigo. Causes of BPPV include infections, nerve inflammation, ear surgery complications, medi...learn more >>
Cluster Headache
Cluster Headache Cluster headaches are different that typical headaches or migraines in that they begin intensely and last from 5 minutes to an hour. They may come several times...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Dizziness:

Dizziness - Causes

What caused your dizziness?

Dizziness - Describe Your Diagnosis

Please describe your diagnosis of your dizziness.

Medical Dictionary