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June 18, 2019

A House That Will Make You Dizzy

Dizziness is an impairment in spatial perception and stability. Because the term dizziness is imprecise, it can refer to vertigo, presyncope, disequilibrium, or a non-specific feeling such as giddiness or foolishness.

One can induce dizziness by engaging in disorientating activities such as spinning.

Vertigo is the sensation of spinning or having one’s surroundings spin about them. Many people find vertigo extremely disturbing and often report associated nausea and sometimes vomiting. It represents about 25% of cases of occurrences of dizziness.

Disequilibrium is the sensation of being off balance, and is most often characterized by frequent falls in a specific direction. This condition is not often associated with nausea or vomiting.

Presyncope is lightheadedness, muscular weakness and feeling faint as opposed to a syncope, which is actually fainting.

Non-specific dizziness is often psychiatric in origin. It is a diagnosis of exclusion and can sometimes be brought about by hyperventilation.

Dizziness is broken down into 4 main subtypes: vertigo, disequilibrium, presyncope and lightheadedness.

Many conditions cause dizziness because multiple parts of the body are required for maintaining balance including the inner ear, eyes, muscles, skeleton, and the nervous system.

Common physiological causes of dizziness include:

Inadequate blood supply to the brain due to:

A sudden fall in blood pressure

Heart problems or artery blockages

Loss or distortion of vision or visual cues

Disorders of the inner ear

Distortion of brain/nervous function by medications such as anticonvulsants and sedatives

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