Dizziness? Things To Do When Feeling Off Balance
Feeling off-balance? There’s nothing worse than feeling dizzy, especially when it doesn’t subside quickly. Feeling dizzy can come hand in hand with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, migraines, and even loss of consciousness. Often, dizziness can be put down to something simple such as standing up too quickly, and the feeling often subsides within a few seconds to a minute. However, when dizziness is becoming a regular and constant feeling, it can be rather worrying. If you’ve been feeling dizzy with no explanation, here are some tips to help you feel more balanced. Your first port of call should always be your doctor, and these tips are recommendations rather than medical advice.
Have something to eat
A straightforward explanation for dizziness is that your body is trying to run with no energy. If you’ve not eaten in a while, try sitting down and having something to eat. In most cases, the dizziness will subside, and you can get on with your day. However, if your dizziness doesn’t subside, you should arrange a blood test to measure your blood sugar levels. If these are low, it could be a sign of diabetes and be the sole cause of your dizziness. Your doctor will be able to explain more about how to take care of yourself with diabetes.
Visit your audiologist
Sometimes dizziness can occur when your inner ear is blocked. This can be down to ear wax build up over time or the use of cotton buds pushing wax to the back of the ear canal, causing it to become compact and, therefore, causing dizziness. A doctor of audiology will be able to inspect your inner ear and determine whether or not a wax build-up is the cause of your dizziness. Remember to let your audiologist know if there have been any other occasions of dizziness in the recent past.
Check your medications
If you’re older, or you have to take medications every day, then there’s a chance that your medications could be causing your dizziness – even if you’ve been taking them for some time! The leaflet that comes with your medication will list the known side effects of the drug. If dizziness is on the list, contact your doctor to see if they have any recommendations. If not, it’s always a good idea to speak to your doctor about any dizziness you’re experiencing in case it’s an early sign of something else.
Feeling off balance: reduce stress levels
Did you know that stress and anxiety can cause dizziness? People with high levels of stress often have some anxiety disorder, and panic attacks can cause lightheadedness. If you’re feeling stressed lately, try and cut out as much stress as possible. This will help reduce any anxieties you’ve been feeling and therefore help eliminate regular episodes of dizziness.
Being dizzy isn’t fun, but following this guide will help you determine the cause of your dizziness and, most importantly, help eliminate the horrible feeling for good.