Balance Disorders

Balance Disorders: Vertigo, Migraines, Motion Sickness and More

Quick GuideBalance Disorders Pictures Slideshow: Vertigo, Migraines, Motion Sickness and More

Balance Disorders Pictures Slideshow: Vertigo, Migraines, Motion Sickness and More

How do I know if I have a balance disorder?

Everyone has a dizzy spell now and then, but the term “dizziness” may mean something different to different people. For some people, dizziness might be a fleeting sensation of spinning, while for others it's intense and lasts a long time. Experts believe that more than four out of 10 Americans will experience an episode of dizziness significant enough to send them to a doctor.

To help you decide whether or not you should seek medical help for a dizzy spell, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, talk to your doctor.

  • Do I feel unsteady?
  • Do I feel as if the room is spinning around me?
  • Do I feel as if I'm moving when I know I'm sitting or standing still?
  • Do I lose my balance and fall?
  • Do I feel as if I'm falling?
  • Do I feel “lightheaded” or as if I might faint?
  • Do I have blurred vision?
  • Do I ever feel disoriented, such as losing my sense of time or where I am?

How can I help my doctor make a diagnosis?

You can help your doctor make a diagnosis and determine a treatment plan by answering the questions below. Be prepared to discuss this information during your appointment.

1. The best way I can describe my dizziness or balance problem is:

2. How often do I feel dizzy or have trouble keeping my balance?

3. Have I ever fallen? (When did I fall?)

  • Under what conditions did I fall?
  • How often have I fallen?

4. These are the medicines I take:

Name of medicine:

  • How much (milligrams) and how often (times) per day:
  • The condition I take this medicine for is:

Name of medicine:

  • How much (milligrams) and how often (times) per day:
  • The condition I take this medicine for is:

Name of medicine:

  • How much (milligrams) and how often (times) per day:
  • The condition I take this medicine for is:

At your appointment, take a minute to write down any instructions your doctor has given you. Be sure to ask any questions you have before you leave the office.

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