Signs and Symptoms of Dizziness

Dizziness is a common complaint and can have many different symptoms, including:

  • Spinning sensation (vertigo): This is the sensation that the environment is moving or spinning around you, and can be accompanied by nausea and unsteadiness.
  • Lightheadedness: A feeling of unsteadiness or weakness, often accompanied by a sensation of fainting.
  • Imbalance or unsteadiness: A feeling of being off-balance or unsteady on your feet, especially when walking or standing up.
  • Nausea: A feeling of sickness in the stomach, often accompanied by vomiting.
  • Headache: A pain in the head, which may be throbbing or constant.
  • Visual disturbances: Changes in vision, such as double vision or blurred vision.
  • Tinnitus: Ringing or other noises in the ear.
  • Sweating: Excessive sweating, especially when accompanied by dizziness.
  • Fatigue: A feeling of tiredness or weakness, especially when accompanied by dizziness.

It’s important to call a doctor if you have repeated bouts of dizziness. Also, notify a doctor immediately if you experience sudden dizziness along with:

  • a head injury
  • a headache
  • neck stiffness
  • a high fever
  • ongoing vomiting
  • blurred vision
  • hearing loss
  • tinnitus
  • difficulty speaking
  • numbness or tingling
  • droopiness of the eye or mouth
  • loss of consciousness
  • chest pain
  • heart palpitations or a low heart rate

These symptoms could indicate a serious health problem, so it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. According to a 2021 Swedish study, 5% of people who used emergency services for dizziness had a time-critical medical issue.