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Dizziness, Ambulatory Care

Dizziness

is a term used to describe a feeling of being off balance or unsteady. Common causes of dizziness are an inner ear fluid imbalance or a lack of oxygen in your blood. Your dizziness may be acute (lasts 3 days or less) or chronic (lasts longer than 3 days). You may have dizzy spells that last from seconds to a few hours.

Common symptoms related to dizziness include the following:

  • A feeling that your surroundings are moving even though you are standing still
  • Ringing in your ears or hearing loss
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Weakness or unsteadiness
  • Double vision or eye movements you cannot control
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • You have a headache that does not go away with medicine.
  • You have shaking chills and a fever.
  • You vomit over and over with no relief.
  • Your vomit or bowel movements are red or black.
  • You have pain in your chest, back, or abdomen.
  • You have numbness, especially in your face, arms, or legs.
  • You have trouble moving your arms or legs.

Treatment for dizziness

depends on the cause of your dizziness. You may need medicines to decrease your dizziness or nausea. You may need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment.

Manage your symptoms:

Get up slowly from sitting or lying down. Do not drive or operate machinery when you are dizzy.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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