Light-headedness - dizzy; Loss of balance; Vertigo
If you tend to get light-headed when you stand up:
Avoid sudden changes in posture.
Get up from a lying position slowly, and stay seated for a few moments before standing.
When standing, make sure you have something to hold on to.
If you have vertigo, the following tips can help prevent your symptoms from becoming worse:
Keep still and rest when symptoms occur.
Avoid sudden movements or position changes.
Slowly increase activity.
You may need a cane or other help walking when you have a loss of balance during a vertigo attack.
Avoid bright lights, TV, and reading during a vertigo attacks, because they may make symptoms worse.
Avoid activities such as driving, operating heavy machinery, and climbing until 1 week after your symptoms disappear. A sudden dizzy spell during these activities can be dangerous.
Call your health care prov...
The other day my wife was driving ad she got so dizzy she had to pull over twice. She also had numbness on one side of her body. She since has had a bad headache for the past 3 days. Ibuprofen is not helping. She is 36 and in relatively good health. Should she see a doctor? George.
Unexplained headache should always be checked out, so yes, your wife should definitely see a doctor. Statistically, it's unlikely to be anything harmful or dangerous, but it's just not worth taking chances, and she needs relief.
Here's an article you may find helpful - When to See a Doctor for a Migraine or Headache .
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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