Causes of Dizziness, Vertigo & Disequilibrium


Dizziness, vertigo and disequilibrium are symptoms that are present in a large number of neurological conditions.  Each of these can be present simultaneously or as a continuum- depending on their specific triggers in relation to activity or rest. Your healthcare practitioner should perform a detailed health history and ask clarifying questions in order to understanding your specific symptoms and how they present in your daily life. Then a comprehensive examination followed by multiple investigations are often required to establish a correct diagnosis and treatment that is specific to your needs.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Typical Complaints

" I woke up and the bed was spinning."

" I bent over (rolled over, turned quickly, laid down, sat up from bed, etc.) and everything started spinning around."

"Every time I tried to get up I fell back into bed."

Defining Questions

If you lay perfectly still would the dizziness pass until you moved again?  Yes, it should.

Was the dizziness constant even if you didn't move?  No, it should not.

If you forced yourself to get up and move around, would it ease up throughout the day until you laid back down