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1/15/08

HealthWise at 5 for 1.15

DIZZINESS

When we were kids, dizziness was a game but as adults it is not funny. There are four types of dizziness, as explained by Jane Brody, health writer for the NYT.

  1. Faintness or lightheadedness - when it feels like you are about to pass out.
  2. Loss of balance - when you feel you are about too fall.
  3. Vertigo - when you feel as if the world around you is spinning.
  4. A vague feeling of giddiness or detachment from the world.

MayoClinic.com uses 11 words to describe the symptoms.

Some 40% of us feel one or more of these feelings sat some time. But if the feeling persists, we need to see a doctor. The frustrating thing about dizziness is that it may be hard to diagnose the cause. It can be a symptom of panic attacks, a heart disease, a stroke, an ear problem, Parkinson's disease, and many the things. Dizziness also may be caused by the medications you are taking. It can be Meniere's disease of the ear or the result of a migraine. Dizziness increases as we get older and is one of the most common reasons that older adults seek medical care.

The doctor will put you through a battery of tests. They will try to recreate the feeling, test your heart, test for blocked arteries in the brain, and give you a CAT scan or an MRI.  Treatment depends on the cause. It can range from changing medications to the insertion of a stent to improve circulation.

Dizziness is one of the frustrating diseases and may never be cured. It may require changes in medicines and in life style to cope with it. Working closely with your doctor and with the help of your family you can still live a full life.

One of the best articles for comprehensive information about this problem is at: www.MayoClinic.com/health.

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