What causes dizziness and vertigo?

Dizziness and vertigo are among the most common symptoms causing patients to visit a physician (as common as back pain and headaches). Falling can be a direct consequence of dizziness, and the risk is compounded in elderly persons with other neurologic deficits and chronic medical problems.

Dizziness is a symptom that can be characterised as a feeling of unsteadiness or unbalance, as well as a disorientation with respect to one's surroundings. Dizziness is a symptom that can differ greatly from person to person and be brought on by a variety of conditions. Vertigo can range from a slight unsteadiness to a very strong swirling sensation. It is common for patients to find it challenging to explain their dizziness to doctors since the conscious mind does not have a strong representation of the balance system. Additionally, the doctor frequently needs extensive testing in order to be able to provide the patient some answers because the symptom of dizziness varies so much from patient to patient and may be brought on by a variety of disorders.

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