Extreme Dizziness: How to Know When Dizziness Is Serious

Extreme DizzinessPeople can suffer from bouts of occasional dizziness or vertigo without it necessarily being a serious health issue. It often occurs when we stand up too fast or haven’t eaten very well that day. These minor problems are usually nothing to worry about, but there are instances when feeling dizzy can become a serious problem. Extreme dizziness and balance issues, as well as feeling faint can be caused by high blood pressure, a balance disorder or just feeling off-balance, hearing loss, a vestibular migraine, a motor accident injury like a whiplash injury, an inner ear infection, and many other problems. Knowing when dizziness is serious enough to warrant a doctor or emergency room visit can be difficult to assess, however. For those who are unsure whether or not their dizziness is severe enough to take drastic action, here are a few common symptoms that can give you the knowledge necessary to avoid potential life-threatening health problems.

Dizziness with Extreme and Continuous Vomiting

Dizziness with Extreme and Continuous VomitingIf your bout with dizziness is accompanied by profuse and excessive vomiting there may be something seriously wrong. Ailments that are associated with dizziness and vomiting include but are certainly not limited to migraine headaches, vertigo, Meniere’s disease, and meningitis. Though some of these illnesses are more serious than others, anytime you have prolonged episodes of vomiting you are putting yourself at risk of dehydration which will undoubtedly cause your dizzy spell to last a lot longer and become increasingly more severe. You should see a doctor or visit the hospital if vomiting lasts longer than a day.

Dizziness from the Result of a Head Injury

Hitting your head can cause serious brain injuries and dizziness which is a sure fire sign that your brain may have suffered some sort of serious trauma. This is especially true if your head injury resulted in a loss of consciousness. These types of injuries are not to be trifled with and symptoms may not occur immediately. If you have suffered an accident or fall that resulted in a head injury you should seek medical treatment especially if the dizziness becomes so bad that it causes you to faint. This usually means that the brain has suffered a concussion or that there is bleeding of the brain or skull tissue.

Dizziness with Fever or Neck Pain

Dizziness with Fever or Neck PainAnytime you are suffering a spell of dizziness that involves a fever or neck pain you may be experiencing a potentially serious medical condition. Perhaps the most serious illness associated with these symptoms is meningitis. This sometimes life-threating disease is caused by a bacterial or viral infection that has spread to the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord. If you are suffering from a fever over 102 degrees and have a stiff neck you should absolutely seek medical treatment. Other symptoms of this illness are nausea, vomiting, skin rash, and seizures. The sooner you seek medical treatment for meningitis the quicker the illness will be cured without long-lasting repercussions.

Dizziness with Chest Pains

Dizziness with Chest PainsSuffering from chest pains alone is very serious and when they’re accompanied by dizziness there may be something very wrong. I say this because these two symptoms mixed together almost always means there is something wrong with your heart and could mean you are—or will soon be—suffering from a heart attack. If you experience dizziness mixed with chest pains and shortness of breath you should seek medical attention immediately. Heart attacks can be fatal, but if caught quickly enough they can usually be treated. Time is certainly of the essence in this rather serious medical emergency so don’t delay if these symptoms are something you are experiencing.

Dizziness with Slurred Speech and Fatigue

When dizziness is partnered with slurred speech or weakness you may be at risk of a stroke. This is especially true if you experience sudden weakness on just one side of your body. If this is happening and you notice a slight drooping of your facial muscles on one side of your face you are most likely suffering from a stroke. Similar to heart attacks, the speed in getting medical attention is key. A full-blown stroke can cause permanent damage or even death. Other indications that you may be suffering a stroke are numbness in your face, arms, and legs.

Dizziness Causing You to Lose Consciousness

If your dizzy spell gets so bad where you faint, it has the potential to be something serious. Usually, people will know why they are dizzy, whether it’s lack of food, anxiety, or dehydration but if you can’t pinpoint why you’re dizzy and it becomes so intense that you faint, something could be seriously wrong.

Dizziness with Severe and Recurring Headaches

We’ve all had headaches and they are usually just a minor inconvenience. These issues begin to become serious when they happen frequently and with increasing intensity. Anytime you suffer from intense headaches paired with dizziness that seems out of the ordinary, it may be a serious medical condition and you should seek treatment as soon as possible.

Persistent Dizziness

If you have dizziness that just won’t quit, you may be suffering from vertigo. Vertigo is a feeling of dizziness and can cause sensations similar to seasickness or motion sickness. There are many different causes for vertigo including Meniere’s Disease, BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) and Vestibular Neuritis. Vertigo dizziness is uncomfortable and can seriously disrupt your life. The first step to treating vertigo dizziness is to find out what is causing it.


There are a few other things you should keep in mind when you are suffering from a serious bout of dizziness. First and foremost do not try and drive yourself to the doctor or emergency room. This is because you run the risk of losing consciousness while driving and losing control of your vehicle further injuring yourself and perhaps others as well. Also, if you are over the age of 65 and have a serious bout of dizziness you must seek medical care immediately. Older individuals are at a higher risk of more serious problems associated with dizziness and the sooner you see a doctor the better. Again, I simply cannot stress enough the importance timeliness when suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when your health is at stake. Nobody likes going to the doctor. However, in order to prevent and limit the damage that can be caused by these issues seeing a doctor is well worth the trouble. This certainly doesn’t mean you should run to the emergency room every time you feel dizzy, but if it’s accompanied by any of the other symptoms mentioned above it’s certainly in your best interest to see a doctor as soon as you can.

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