Don't Ignore Your Chronic Dizziness
There's no reason to live with chronic dizziness. Doctors can offer a variety of treatments to relieve your symptoms. Dr. Andrew Parker, your Norwalk, New Canaan and Westport, CT ear, nose and throat doctor shares some information about the causes of dizziness and treatment options.
What causes dizziness?
Dizziness has many causes, including:
- Infections of the vestibular nerve, which send impulses from your ear to your brain
- Rapid change in head movement
- A drop in your blood pressure
- Anxiety disorders
- Medication side effects
- Low iron levels or low blood sugar
- Neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis
- A blow to your head
- Viruses or infections
- Circulation problems
- Meniere's disease, which causes fluid build-up in your ear
How do Norwalk, New Canaan and Westport ENT doctors find the cause of my dizziness?
Your ear, nose and throat doctor will take a complete medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms. He'll try to narrow down the cause of the problems by taking your blood pressure and performing a variety of tests depending on your symptoms. These may include nerve and balance function and hearing, blood, heart and eye motion tests. Computed tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans may also provide valuable information regarding the cause of your dizziness.
How is dizziness treated?
Your treatment will depend on the cause of your dizziness. Water pills may help decrease symptoms if you have Meniere's disease, while preventive medications can help reduce disease that occurs with a migraine. Your doctor may also prescribe medications that reduce dizziness and nausea. If dizziness is caused by a virus, infection, low iron level or other disease or condition, treating those diseases or conditions can help relieve your symptoms.
Canalith repositioning can be helpful in some cases. During this treatment, your ear, nose and throat doctor performs a series of head movements that reposition canaliths, calcium carbonate crystals located in the inner ear. Balance therapy can also help you become less sensitive to the effects of motion.
Find relief for your chronic dizziness with a visit to Dr. Parker, your Norwalk, New Canaan and Westport, CT ear, nose and throat doctor. Call him at (203) 866-8121 to schedule an appointment. Don't let dizziness disrupt your life!