It’s natural for most people at some time in their life to become lightheaded or dizzy. Whether you are a small child whirling around till your head spins or an older person who stands up to quickly you probably have experienced dizziness. In many of my posts I often write about being dizzy or lightheaded to describe a momentary sensation that is happening to me. This sensation is a far cry from the continual spinning of a vertigo attack which may also last for a few moments or a few hours. My problem has often been wondering whether a slight case of the dizzies will lead to a full blown vertigo attack.
What causes dizziness?
From what I have been told by doctors lightheadedness or dizzy spells is caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure which happens when you get out of bed too quickly or stand up too quickly. Of course there are other causes too, like drinking too much or having a bad reaction to a medication. Dehydration is also a cause of dizziness as well as diarrhea and vomiting.
What causes vertigo?
Vertigo as we all too well know is caused by vestibular problems (balance, inner ear problems) with one of the most common being BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). Head movement triggers Vertigo.
In my own case even before I knew about Meniere’s disease I had bad cases of dizziness that would last a while. What caused it? Blood pressure fluctuation? Maybe, or maybe it was just a Meniere’s attack or even vertigo, although I have been tested numerous times for BPPV and I don’t have it.