Causes of Balance symptoms
Simple Causes: Various simple causes of dizziness include:
- Motion sickness
- Anxiety attack (panic attack)
- Alcohol intoxication
- Hangover (Alcohol withdrawal)
- Drug abuse (Drug intoxication)
- Drug side-effect. Various medications may cause dizziness or nausea.
- Herbal remedy side-effect. A reaction to St. Johnís wort can cause dizziness.
- Drug interactions. If taking multiple drugs, they may interact with each other.
Vision Disorders: Some types of vision disorders may cause dizziness as an additional symptoms. Visual information is used by the brain to aid in balance and hence abnormal vision can sometimes give the effect of dizziness.
- Polycythemia (Polycythemia vera)
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Diabetes (Diabetic Ketoacidosis)
- Hypoglycemia (hypoglycemic attack)
- Diabetic hypoglycemia
Heart and Circulatory Disorders: various disorders of the heart, the lungs, or the circulatory system can cause dizziness:
- Heart attack
- Sick Sinus Syndrome
- Carotid Sinus Hypersensitivity
- Low blood volume (Hypovolemia)
- Internal bleeding. Causes hypovolemia and dizziness.
- Dehydration. Can cause low blood pressure, dizziness, and fainting.
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Lung Disorders. Various disorders may cause inadequate oxygenation and dizziness.
- Head injury
- Brain injury
- Concussion (post-concussion syndrome)
- Transient Ischemic Attack (mini-stroke)
- Brain tumor
Infectious Diseases: Sometimes an infectious disease may be serious enough to cause dizziness:
- Inner ear infection
- Middle ear infection (otitis media)
- Respiratory infections
- Brain infections
- Rift Valley fever
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