• Kenneth Burtch Kenneth Burtch
    July 14, 2009
    Can anxiety and stress cause vertigo?
    Kenneth Burtch Kenneth Burtch
    July 14, 2009

    I am 65 years old, and a Vietnam Vet.  I have been experiencing dizziness when I get up off the couch, and recently had to have medication for vertigo.  Can this be caused by stress or anxiety?

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  • Renee Culver
    Health Guide
    August 17, 2014
    Renee Culver
    Health Guide
    August 17, 2014

    Hi Kenneth,

     

    I'm sorry that your question seems to have slipped through the cracks. I'm sure you've found an answer by now, but I wanted to respond to you personally. Yes, dizziness is a pretty common side effect of anxiety. Of course, it's also a potential sign of many other conditions, so I'd definitely recommend talking to your doctor about your vertigo. When you see the doctor she or he will most likely want to know whether you were having a particularly anxious time when you experienced the dizziness. You mention that it happens upon standing from a sitting position, which may indicate postural hypotension. The best way to know for sure is to have it checked by your doctor.

     

    In the meantime, these links may help.

    Five Tips for Reducing Worry

     

    Anxiety and Aromatherapy

     

    Good luck! I hope it all worked out well for you.


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  • Michel July 15, 2009
    Michel
    July 15, 2009

    Many factors can cause this sensation and anxiety is one of them, please ceck with your physician.

     

    Suffolk for suffering folks

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