Integrated Neurology Services
Neurology & Sleep Specialists Located in Northern Virginia, Alexandria, VA, Lorton, VA, & Falls Church, VA
Whether you’re lightheaded or unsteady or you feel like the room is spinning, dizziness is disorienting. It can also be a sign of an underlying health condition. The board-certified neurologists at Integrated Neurology Services diagnose the cause of your dizziness and offer customized treatment at four clinics located in four Northern Virginia locations in Alexandria, Falls Church, Lorton, and serving the Vienna, VA community. Call Integrated Neurology Services or schedule a consultation online today.
Dizziness Q & A
What causes dizziness?
A variety of conditions can cause dizziness, ranging from low blood sugar to neurological diseases. Some of the common causes of dizziness include:
- A sudden drop in blood pressure
- Ear infection
- Middle ear disorders
- A decrease in blood volume
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
Migraines, medication, or alcohol sometimes cause dizziness. If your dizziness feels like the room is spinning, it could be a condition called benign positional vertigo (BVP), which causes short-term dizziness when you change positions suddenly. Meniere’s disease is a condition that causes fluid build-up in your ear, which can trigger dizziness.
When should I talk to a doctor about dizziness?
You should make an appointment with the team at Integrated Neurology Services if you have frequent dizziness that’s interfering with your life. Additionally, you should contact the team if your dizziness is accompanied by symptoms, such as:
- Neck ache
- High fever
- Blurry vision
- Hearing loss
- Problems speaking
- Numbness or tingling
- Drooping in your eye or mouth
- Lost consciousness
- Chest pain
You should also make an appointment if you have dizziness after a head injury.
How is the cause of dizziness diagnosed?
You have a thorough consultation and exam with the team at Integrated Neurology Services. They begin by reviewing your symptoms, overall health, and lifestyle. Your doctor might ask for details about your dizziness, like when it occurs, the severity of your dizziness, and if you have other symptoms at the same time.
Your doctor examines your ears and eyes and performs standard neurological tests to assess your balance, strength, and reflexes. When necessary, they order imaging studies like MRIs or CT scans.
How is dizziness treated?
Your treatment depends on the condition causing your dizziness. For example, if you have an inner ear issue, your doctor might prescribe medication or exercises to help restore your balance. You might also benefit from adjusting your diet to cut back on salt and keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.
The team also offers customized treatments for neurological problems that cause dizziness.
Call Integrated Neurology Services or make an appointment online today if dizziness is interfering with your life.
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