6 SERIOUS SIGNALS IN DIZZINESS!
It can be an indication of life-threatening diseases
Dizziness can indicate easily treated conditions like iron deficiency anemia, low blood pressure and side effects of medications or the early or first symptoms of neurological diseases, brain and cerebellum tumors. What kind of symptoms would require me to seek a neurology specialist immediately?
Dizziness is a common condition that is very uncomfortable and can disrupt a person’s daily life. 20-30 percent of the public has complained about dizziness in the past year. In other words at least one out of every five people has experienced dizziness in the past year. Dizziness not only deteriorates the quality of life but increases the risk of accidents while driving a vehicle or using a device. Acibadem Bakırköy Hospital Neurology Specialist Dr. Aylin Yavuz, explained that dizziness could indicate brain tumors, brain artery obstructions or brain hemorrhages and said “Therefore if the dizziness is accompanied by other complaints a neurologist should be seen immediately”.
Beware of recurring dizziness!
Disorders like brain artery diseases, Multiple Sclerosis and tumors could be the cause for dizziness. Neurology Specialist Dr. Aylin Yavuz warned that although rare, dizziness could be an early or in fact a first indication of tumors in the brain, cerebellum, or on hearing or balance nerves. “A number of different symptoms may accompany the dizziness depending on the underlying cause. If one or more of the symptoms such as headache, loss of hearing, ringing in the ears or loss of balance accompany the dizziness, this can be the early indication of a tumor called ‘acoustic neuroma’. For example in brain tumors dizziness is generally not the singular symptom. It is usually accompanied by a wide range of symptoms including headaches, vision and hearing loss, paralysis and epileptic seizures. It is possible that in the very early stages there could be only dizziness not accompanied by other neurological complaints. These types of complaints tend to be continuous and increase over time. Therefore it is very important to get the patient’s whole history in order not to overlook any serious illnesses.”
6 warning signs in dizziness!
Neurology Specialist Dr. Aylin Yavuz drew attention to the fact that if there are recurring dizziness attacks or headaches accompanied by the following symptoms a neurologist should be contacted immediately.
- Deterioration in vision (seeing double or blurry)
- Hearing loss,
- Deterioration in speech, (speaking with a lisp or slurring)
- Falling, problems walking,
- Weakness or numbness in arms and legs,
- Nausea and vomiting.
Treatment is administered according to the cause
Neurology Specialist Dr. Aylin Yavuz explained that dizziness is treated according to the cause and described the methods that are used as follows: “The inner ear balance issues caused by the most common problem among people, vertigo, can be treated with rest, medication and special positional maneuvers. In Meniere Syndrome, when diuretics and medicines like cortisone which are prescribed by otorhinolaryngology specialists are not sufficient, surgical procedures can be decided on. Dizziness caused by anxiety and depression is usually treated successfully with anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications. Multiple Sclerosis, blocked arteries in the brain, brain hemorrhages and brain tumors have specific treatments that should be started right away.
There are many causes
Neurology Specialist Dr. Aylin Yavuz listed some of the causes for dizziness as follows:
- Inner ear disorders (Benign Paroxysmal Positional vertigo, vestibular neuronitis)
- Vitamin deficiency,
- Iron deficiency anemia,
- Head trauma,
- Low blood pressure,
- Heart failure,
- Medication use (blood pressure medication, antidepressants)
- Anxiety disorders (panic attack, anxiety)
- Excessive heat and dehydration (especially in people with heart disease who are using medication),
- Neurological diseases (tumors, multiple sclerosis, brain artery diseases, etc.)
- Epileptic seizures (can be encountered, although rare, compared to other epileptic types).