Dizziness Specialist

Flagstaff Surgical Associates -  - Urology

Flagstaff Surgical Associates

General Surgery, Urology & Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists located in Flagstaff, AZ

Dizziness can have many causes, some of which are nothing to worry about, but some of which could be more serious. An accurate diagnosis is essential for treating dizziness, and Flagstaff Surgical Associates in Flagstaff, Arizona, can provide you with both a diagnosis and the most appropriate treatments. If you’re experiencing dizziness, call Flagstaff Surgical Associates today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Dizziness Q & A

What is dizziness?

Dizziness is a feeling that occurs when you’ve got a problem in your body’s balance systems. Feeling dizzy can make it seem like the room’s spinning, and you can’t stand up properly.

Your sense of balance comes from your eyes, inner ears, and central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) working together. If any of these are damaged or have a disease, it can lead to you experiencing dizziness.

What conditions cause dizziness?

There are many potential causes of dizziness, including:

  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Blood clots
  • Clogged arteries 
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood sugar
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

Vertigo is a type of dizziness related either to problems in your inner ear, or the part of your brainstem that helps you balance. An attack of vertigo causes a spinning feeling that gets worse when you move your head.

There are also medications that have dizziness as a potential side effect, including:

  • Some antibiotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Sedatives

As dizziness could be a symptom of so many different disorders, you need to get an accurate diagnosis from Flagstaff Surgical Associates.

How is the cause of dizziness diagnosed?

To diagnose the cause of your dizziness, your provider at Flagstaff Surgical Associates carries out a complete physical exam, reviews your medical history, and talks to you about the symptoms you’re experiencing.

You might need to undergo diagnostic tests such as CT and MRI scans as well to help pinpoint the cause of your dizziness.

There are certain symptoms you might have in addition to dizziness that indicates you have a condition requiring emergency medical attention. You should look out for signs such as:

  • Pain in your chest
  • Unusual headache
  • High fever
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting

If you experience a sudden change in your speech, vision, or hearing, or weakness or numbness in your face, leg, or arm, it could be a sign of a more serious problem like a stroke.

How is dizziness treated?

Treatment for your dizziness depends on the diagnosis your provider at Flagstaff Surgical Associates gives you.

You might need antibiotics to fight an infection in your ears, for example. If you have Meniere’s disease, you need to go on a low-salt diet and take medication to control your dizziness. 

If you have BPPV, you might need to undergo a series of particle repositioning exercises called the Epley Maneuver. It’s also essential to make sure you’re effectively managing any chronic health conditions that could be causing dizziness.

To find out why you’re getting dizzy and how you can stop it, call Flagstaff Surgical Associates today or book an appointment online.