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What kind of tests are done for dizzy spells?

By Guide November 12, 2014 - 12:25pm
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My husband has complained about a few dizzy spells in the last couple of months. It's usually when he reaches down for something and gets back up. I thought it was because he wasn't eating enough, but he says he's eating plenty. If he goes to the doctor, what tests will they do?

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Hi Pat,

Thank you so much for your reply! I never thought of Vertigo-thank you for the detailed information. I am going to have him schedule an appointment with our Primary Care doctor for next week-I don't want it to go unchecked!

Thank you!!


November 14, 2014 - 12:13pm
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Hi Kristin, and thanks for looking out for your husband's health and asking about his dizzy spells.

These episodes are more likely to have something to do with his ears rather than his diet. He may have a condition known as vertigo, in which a person gets a feeling of spinning or whirling when they are not moving. It's the most common form of dizziness.

Vertigo is usually caused by problems in the nerves and structures of the inner ear, called the vestibular system. This system senses the position of your head and body in space as they move.

Has you husband experienced any type of head injury or upper respiratory infection recently? Sometimes those conditions can also impact the vestibular system, and the problem will usually clear up with time.

If not, and the problem is ongoing, you can find more detailed information on the causes in our Vertigo Community.

In terms of seeing a doctor, a primary care physician would most likely ask about health history, if any new medications are being taken, and do an ear exam.

Depending on the findings, the doctor may decide to refer your husband to a specialist, most likely an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, also known as an otolaryngologist. The tests which may be done are listed here. Treatments range from medications to surgery, depending on the cause, findings, etc.

It's important to not let this slide. Vertigo can also be a symptom of another medical condition, such as a heart problem or a neurological problem.

Hope that helps! Will you make sure your husband sees his doctor and let us know what you learn?



November 12, 2014 - 6:14pm
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