Understanding Dizziness -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Dizziness?

The symptoms of dizziness are:

  • Feeling motion when your body is still
  • Feeling lightheaded or that you are about to faint
  • Balance problems, such as being unsteady on your feet or feeling as if you might fall
  • Feelings of anxiety or panic

Call Your Doctor About Dizziness If:

  • You also have tinnitus (ringing in the ears), hearing loss, or pressure or fullness in the ear -- you may have Meniere's disease.
  • The whole world seems to bounce as you walk -- you may have Dandy's syndrome.
  • You also have double vision or slurred speech -- you may have suffered a stroke.
  • You feel lightheaded and you are an older person, or it happens after exercising.
  • You feel lightheaded frequently after standing up -- you may have orthostatic hypotension.
  • Your dizziness is long-lasting.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on March 17, 2017



The American Academy of Otolaryngologyc -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Dizziness and Motion Sickness."

The Mayo Clinic: "Dizziness."

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