Ever wonder why you get dizzy?

First off, dizziness can be mild, moderate or severe. Dizziness can be constant, or it can come and go. Dizziness can last for seconds, to minutes, to hours, to days, and even weeks, months or years.

Tracking your symptom onset, duration and trigger is the most valuable for answering the question of why you get dizzy. If you can keep a symptom record, your healthcare provider will find that helpful in answering the question of why you get dizzy.

In order to determine why you get dizzy, it is recommended to consult with a Vertigo Expert. You can find a provider on the Directory at vestibular.org.

I highly recommend for you to find a provider who specializes in dizziness and vertigo to answer the question of why you get dizzy, instead of accepting a diagnosis assigned to you by a non-specialty provider.

Dizziness is usually multi-factorial. So you may have to consult with more than one provider to get a complete picture of why you get dizzy.

Do not give up hope! There are many possible causes for why you get dizzy, but many can be reduced or entirely resolved.

If the explanation you have gotten from a healthcare provider does not account for all of your episodes or all of your symptoms, then there may be another factor that has not yet been considered.

The key is a Root Cause Analysis that explains all the symptoms you have experienced and are currently experiencing.

For example, chemical sensitivities that cause dizziness are something I am seeing more often in my patients and it is being missed in many cases.

I encourage you to keep asking the question, “Why do I get dizzy?” until you know for sure the answer. Continue to ask instead of settling for lifelong use of medications as the plan without knowing the cause of your symptoms.

I usually interview my patients for 30-60 minutes before I begin my physical examination to get all the details of the symptom onset, duration and trigger for any episodes of dizziness or vertigo, along with whatever else they want to share.

That historical information helps me figure out why they get dizzy. I even have a 27+ page history taking form that I occasionally use for people who have complex medical histories so I can gather as much information as possible before I begin my exam.

If your case of dizziness or vertigo is complicated or persistent, you may need to find a healthcare provider with a similar level of investigative detailed analysis to figure out why you get dizzy.


This blog is provided for informational and educational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.

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