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IS THE WORLD SPINNING AROUND YOU OR IS IT YOU WHO FEELS UNSTEADY!

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Vertigo

IS THE WORLD SPINNING AROUND YOU OR IS IT YOU WHO FEELS UNSTEADY!

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At least half of the patients presenting to primary care physicians present with dizziness of some sort. Symptoms are usually vague from benign to se­rious that might require urgent evaluation and treatment. 1, 2

Your health care will need to distinguish the cause of your dizziness; he might ask question like how long does the symptoms last? And which causes triggers symptoms to show up.1

Patients presenting with vertigo normally describe the feeling as if the room is spinning. Vertigo is not the same as lightheadedness.3

 

Upon arranging an appointment with your health care professional make sure to

·        Record any other health conditions you have, even those unrelated to your dizziness, with all the prescription and non-prescription medication that you take.

·        Precisely describe your dizziness; ask yourself questions like: when do you have an incident of dizziness? Do you feel like the room is revolving, or is it you rotating in the room?4

References:

1-       MUNCIE, HL. Dizziness: Approach to Evaluation and Management, Am Fam Physician. 2017; 95(3): 154-162. Available at https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0201/p154.pdf Last accessed: 21/6/2019

2-       Lee, A. Diagnosing the cause of vertigo. Hong Kong Med J 2012;18:327-32 Available at: https://www.hkmj.org/system/files/hkm1208p327.pdf Last Accessed: 21/6/2019

3-       Krause, L. Vertigo and Vertigo-Associated Disorders. Health line. 2017. Available at https://www.healthline.com/health/vertigo#diagnosis/ Last accessed:21/6/2019

4-       Dizziness. Myoclinic, 2017. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dizziness/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20371792 Last accessed: 21/6/2019