Dizziness (Uncertain Cause)

Dizziness is a common symptom. It may be described as lightheadedness, spinning, or feeling like you are going to faint. Dizziness can have many causes.

Tell the healthcare provider about:

  • All medicines you take, including prescription, over-the-counter, herbs, and supplements

  • Any other symptoms you have

  • Any health problems you are being treated for

  • Any past major health problems you've had, such as a heart attack, balance issues, hearing problems, or blood pressure problems

  • Anything that causes the dizziness to get worse or better

Today's exam did not show an exact cause for your dizziness . Other tests may be needed. Follow up with your healthcare provider.

Home care

  • Dizziness that occurs with sudden standing may be a sign of mild dehydration. Drink extra fluids for the next few days.

  • If you recently started a new medicine, stopped a medicine, or had the dose of a current medicine changed, talk with the prescribing healthcare provider. Your medicine plan may need adjustment.

  • If dizziness lasts more than a few seconds, sit or lie down until it passes. This may help prevent injury in case you pass out. Get up slowly when you feel better.

  • Don't drive or use power tools or dangerous equipment until you have had no dizziness for at least 48 hours.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider for further evaluation in the next 7 days, or as advised.

When to get medical advice

Call your healthcare provider for any of the following:

  • Worsening of symptoms or new symptoms

  • Repeated vomiting

  • Headache

  • Vision or hearing changes

Call 911

Call 911, or get medical care right away if any of these occur:

  • Chest, arm, neck, back, or jaw pain

  • Weakness of an arm or leg or one side of the face

  • Blood in vomit or stool (black or red color)

  • Shortness of breath

  • Feeling that your heart is fluttering or beating fast or hard (palpitations)

  • Passing out or seizure

  • Trouble walking or speaking

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