Dr. Ben Wedro practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic, a regional trauma center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His background includes undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta, a Family Practice internship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Dizziness is a symptom that is often applies to a
variety of sensations including lightheadedness and vertigo. Vertigo is the
sensation of spinning, while lightheadedness is typically considered near
fainting, and weakness.
Vertigo is most often caused by a problem in the balance centers of the
inner ear called the vestibular system and causes the sensation of the room
spinning. It may be associated with vomiting. Symptoms often are made worse with
position changes. Those with significant symptoms and vomiting may
need intravenous medication and hospitalization.
Vertigo is also the presenting symptom in patients
with Meniere's Disease and acoustic neuroma, conditions that often require
referral to an ENT
Most often, dizziness or lightheadedness is a temporary situation that resolves
spontaneously without a specific diagnosis being made.
Introduction to dizziness (feeling dizzy)
Dizziness is one of the most common symptoms that will prompt a person to seek medical care. The term dizziness is difficult to understand since it means different things to different people. It is either the sensation of feeling lightheaded as if the individual is weak and will pass out, or it describes vertigo or the sensation of spinning, as if the affected person just got off a merry-go-round.
Lightheadedness is often caused by a decrease in blood supply to the brain, while vertigo may be caused by disturbances of the inner ear and the balance centers of the brain. It is important that the health care professional understand
the complaint the person is experiencing. That is the first step so that the proper direction can be taken for a diagnosis and treatment.