Understanding the Causes and Treatments of Constant Dizziness
Dizziness, for anyone, can be a nuisance to say the least—but constant dizziness can seem to control one’s life altogether. Dizziness is defined as an impairment of one’s spatial perception and overall steadiness—but this is a pretty broad description, don’t you think? That’s not surprising, as dizziness is a term often associated with a number of physical and mental symptoms. We are going to list several of the symptoms associated with dizziness as well as the possible causes and treatments of constant dizziness.
With dizziness, many people often describe a feeling of lightheadedness. Vertigo, or the sensation of one’s surroundings spinning about them, is often associated with dizziness. Blurred vision, muscular weakness, having a near loss of consciousness, and a feeling of being off-balance are all symptoms in which people have described in association with dizziness. Although dizziness is not necessarily a common condition, per se, studies show that around 30% of the population has experienced dizziness at some point in their lives.
The causes of constant dizziness are few, but not all of them are easy to treat. The first cause we are going to talk about is low blood pressure. When the brain is not supplied with enough blood during movement, the result is often a case of dizziness. For instance, laying down for a period of time and then sitting up too fast can result in dizziness because you have not allowed the body enough time to get blood up to the brain. With low blood pressure, there is often a regular delay in getting blood to the brain, which accounts for the chronic dizziness that a person with low blood pressure may experience. Bad nutrition and/or dehydration is the most likely cause behind low blood pressure, although low blood pressure can be caused a more serious medical illness. If you are not getting the right amount of nutrients or water on a daily basis, then you might very well be suffering from low blood pressure—thus suffering constant dizziness. Speak to your doctor about possible causes behind your low blood pressure and of ways you can help bring it up.
Recent studies have led doctors to believe that anxiety disorders can cause chronic or constant dizziness. Some studies have produced some pretty impressive numbers; like one that shows 60% of their test group who reportedly suffered from chronic dizziness also suffered from some sort of anxiety disorder. When a person becomes anxious, their body reacts in a number of ways. Some people experience heavy breathing, sweating, nausea, headaches, and even paranoia. Many of these symptoms are accompanied by dizziness when one suffers from anxiety or has a history of panic attacks. If anxiety is a possible cause behind your constant dizziness, speak to your doctor about possible medications to counter this condition. If you want to try a more natural approach first, consider reducing the amount of sugar and caffeine you consume. Exercise and meditation are also positive ways to help your body release pent-up worries and frustration that may be causing your anxiety. Pilates and yoga are great places to start!
Pregnancy is probably one of the more common causes behind chronic dizziness. During the early stages of pregnancy, dizziness may occur due to the nausea that many women experience for the first twelve to fourteen weeks, although morning sickness can last throughout an entire pregnancy. As the baby grows, the mother-to-be’s body is furiously producing and pumping about 50% more blood than usual. When the woman gets up from squatting, kneeling, lying down, or even from sitting in a reclined position, it can take a minute for her body to pump the necessary amount of blood to the brain, resulting in dizziness.
But that’s not all! As the size of the uterus grows, the baby can wiggle into a position that constricts certain blood vessels, again, hindering the blood flow to mom’s brain. This is why many pregnant women become dizzy for seemingly no reason at all. Unfortunately, there is not much in the way of treatment for pregnancy-related dizziness except for having the baby! If the likely cause is the baby “sitting” on mom’s blood vessels, she can try to change her position and see if that moves the baby away from said blood vessels.
As you can see, there are several causes behind chronic dizziness. If you believe you are suffering from constant dizziness and are not sure of the cause behind your condition, you should endeavor to see your doctor as soon as possible for a proper exam and diagnosis. The causes listed in this article are only a few of many possibilities. Your doctor will be able to help you determine just what is causing your dizziness and arrange a treatment plan if one is available.
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