Dizziness: Lightheadedness and Vertigo - Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
- What is your major symptom, lightheadedness or
- How long have you had your symptoms? Do they come and go,
or are they always present?
- What were you doing when your symptoms
- How often do you experience
- What makes your symptoms better
- Do you have other symptoms that may be related to your
major symptom? Symptoms may include:
- Changes in vision, such as blurred or double
vision, halos, or spots.
- Fainting or falling.
palpitations, irregular heartbeat, or an unusually
slow or fast heart rate.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Weakness or changes in your ability to stand or walk.
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or
loss of hearing.
- Shortness of breath or a feeling of
- What medicines do you take? Make a list of both
prescription and nonprescription medicines you use.
- Do you have any
Before seeing your doctor, it may be helpful to keep track of
your symptoms. Use the questions above as a guide for what to include in your
diary of symptoms(What is a PDF document?).