Dizziness is a generic term used to describe light-headedness, or vertigo.
Light-headedness is generally defined as feeling we’re about to faint, without the sense that we, or our surroundings, are actually spinning.
Plus, sitting or lying down, stops this particular light-headed feeling.
Vertigo is a type of dizziness where we feel that we, or we surroundings, are in motion, although they’re not. Along with the motion disorientation, we could feel off-balanced, and have trouble walking.
Also, we could have temporary hearing loss, and the possibility of ringing in our ears.
Both vertigo and dizziness can make us feel nauseated. And both conditions can make us feel like we’re about to vomit.
It’s important to know the difference between light-headedness and vertigo because the causes, and treatments, are different.
Vertigo is typically caused by inner ear problems.
Also, vertigo may be from a malfunction in our brain’s sensory nerve system. Migraines, or Meniere’s disease, could cause vertigo as well. (Meniere’s disease is a progressive disease and is associated with balance issues, and has no known cure.)
Vertigo normally goes away without treatment.
Chronic and severe vertigo can be treated with medication and rehabilitation therapy exercises. Vertigo Exercises
Dizziness, from light-headedness, is more complex than is vertigo caused dizziness.
For many older people, bouts of light-headedness aren’t rare. And, are usually caused by a momentary drop in blood pressure, and lagging of blood flow to our head, that occurs when we get up too quickly.
This light-headedness example isn’t a disease.
However, it’s symptoms suggest we’ve an underlying problem of a potentially serious problem.
Unfortunately for us kids on the Far Side Of 55, the effects of aging increases our changes of having episodes of light-headedness.
Other Possible Causes of Light-Headiness and Dizziness:
- side effects of medications (prescribed and otherwise)
- low blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension)
- dehydration (real common aging problem)
- heart problems (arrhythmia; congestive heart failure; heart attack)
- anemia, diabetes, and even varicose veins
- blood pooling, especially in lower body
- tobacco use, excessive drinking of alcohol, and illegal drug usage
- blood loss
- More details: Dizziness-orthastatic-hypotension
- drink more fluids
- make lifestyle adjustments
- with the help of your doctor, adjust, and monitor your medications
- start exercise program tailored to your specific needs
- heart medications and treatment, if needed
- monitor and adjust blood pressure medications, check, and record, blood pressure readings
- wear a lower body pressure suit
- try standing up slower
- take a couple ‘in and our’ deep breaths before standing
- avoid vigorous exercise, and hot environments
Because there’re a wide range of possible causes for light-headedness, treating it can get complicated.
But, the actual treatment(s) could be something simple, like changing the dosage of a medication.
The discovery process would probably be faster if done with the help of your doctor, or using some kinda medical professional.
Personally, I’ve had light- headedness for years.
I’ve also had congestive heart failure, have orthostatic hypotension, and life-long arrhythmia.
And, I’m here to tell you, balancing my life’s activities without ending up in the hospital is a never-ending adventure.
But, what the heck, beats the stuffing outta the alternative…
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or your comments, are always very welcome!