Is dizziness a part of your life? You are not alone in this struggle. Ask anyone you know, and most of them would say they have experienced dizziness more than once in their lives.
Some types of dizziness are simple with natural remedies, including vertigo. Others are severe or complicated enough to require immediate emergency care.
Here are the top ten causes of dizzy spells among people. After the list, we will explain a natural and precise way to deal with dizziness and vertigo. Escondido chiropractic therapy can bring long-lasting relief for patients with dizziness.
Diuretics are medications that cause the body to release fluids; therefore, dehydrates you. It is a water pill and can cause dizziness. Dizziness is an early sign of dehydration. Instead of taking medication, try drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day to keep adequately hydrated. Check if this works for you and if the dizzy spells go away.
#2 Side Effects from Medication
Side effect from medicine is a natural cause of dizziness. Specific classifications of medication can cause dizziness. Examples of these include diuretics, blood pressure medications, and antidepressants. Thinking about stopping the medicine intake may seem like an easy fix. However, it isn’t always that simple. For example, your blood pressure medication is necessary to keep you alive. Therefore, you will have to choose another way to deal with dizziness or vertigo.
Anemia causes many things, from exhaustion to dizziness. When a person loses too much blood, it can cause a person to become anemic very fast. It is a frequent occurrence among menstruating women. Anemia is another condition that is detected using a blood test. Many possible treatments can increase red blood cell levels.
#4 Fluctuating Electrolyte Levels
Too little or too much potassium or sodium links to dizziness. Taking a blood test can check your electrolyte levels. Also, there are various ways to get sodium and potassium levels appropriately regulated (assuming there isn’t a severe underlying cause like kidney failure). Potassium levels may spike due to reduced kidney function.
#5 Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
BPPV is one of the most common reasons for dizziness. However, in this case, dizziness appears in the form of vertigo–a false sensation of spinning movement. This type of vertigo is positional, meaning it triggers when the head changes positions. BPPV commonly appears after experiencing neck or head trauma. Furthermore, if vertigo appears suddenly without warning, there is an additional risk of falling, which can potentially cause more physical damage.
Stress is more commonly known as a trigger rather than a cause. Dizziness is a regular symptom for individuals with anxiety disorders. It is crucial to understand the distinction between dizziness that links with stress and anxiety or if it’s due to high blood pressure–as this is a more severe condition.
#7 Neurological Conditions
When stroke symptoms accompany dizziness, you must act fast because time is of the essence. Emergency medical attention is of the highest priority! However, various neurological conditions cause dizziness, such as migraines and multiple sclerosis.
#8 Heart Disease
It is one of the most dangerous causes of dizziness. If you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, you will have to seek immediate medical attention as soon as possible. Dizziness, however, can also be linked to low blood pressure, high blood pressure, a heart valve deformity, arrhythmia, or other heart problems.
#9 Meniere’s Disease
It is a rare vestibular condition caused by an ear (or both ears) that is unable to drain correctly. One of this condition’s primary symptoms is repeating bouts of vertigo. When the ear gets congested due to fluid build-up, more symptoms usually appear, such as tinnitus (ringing in the ear), vertigo, hearing loss, and a sensation of fullness in the ear.
#10 Neck or Head Trauma or Injury
Injuries from a concussion or whiplash often lead to long-term problems with vertigo. It can be indicative of post-concussion syndrome. It may also show the underlying causes of many cases of dizziness. If the head or neck experiences trauma, misalignment of the atlas (C1) at the base of the skull is a common occurrence. This is what Escondido chiropractic therapy commonly addresses as such misalignment can trigger the following effects:
- Blood flow disruption to the brain
Since the cervical vertebrae facilitate proper blood flow to the brain, it only follows that a misalignment affects this optimum flow of oxygen-rich blood negatively. Disruption causes various health issues.
- Brainstem malfunction
Since the atlas protects the brainstem, a misalignment puts pressure and stress on the brainstem, causing inhibited function and disruption, which further leads to vertigo and dizziness.
- Lesion in the Eustachian tube
Case studies have revealed that misalignment in the upper cervical spine can cause a slow and steady formation of a Eustachian tube lesion. This gradual change in the ear’s ability to drain correctly causes Meniere’s disease for some people. It takes up to 15 years after a neck or head injury and the formation of the lesion.
Escondido Chiropractic Therapy for Vertigo or Dizziness Relief
If you suffer from vertigo or dizziness, most especially if you had a head or neck trauma in the past, it is only logical to seek an upper cervical chiropractor. Dr. Ray Rickards is an upper cervical chiropractor who uses a low-force and accurate method to fix any atlas misalignment. His safe and gentle adjustments can restore the atlas into its proper position.
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