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Dizziness is a term used to describe several conditions such as feeling faint, weak, unsteady, or woozy. Dizziness that results in the false sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving in various directions is called vertigo.

While rarely a sign of a life-threatening condition, dizziness can be disruptive to your daily life. It has many possible causes, including:

  • Inner ear disturbance
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Motion sickness 
  • Medication effects from anti-seizure drugs, antidepressants, sedatives, blood pressure drugs
  • Poor circulation
  • Infection or injury
  • Sudden drop in blood pressure resulting in brief lightheadedness or a feeling of faintness
  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Low iron levels (anemia)
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Overheating and dehydration

Treatment depends on its cause and your particular symptoms. Sitting or lying down momentarily can often rectify feelings of dizziness. 

If you experience worrisome persistent bouts of dizziness, schedule an appointment for an evaluation. Call your Catawba Valley Healthcare primary care provider at (828) 695-5900.


Vertigo, on the other hand, is the false sense that your surroundings are spinning or moving. Often caused by inner ear disorders, your brain receives signals from your inner ear that do not match what your eyes and other sensory organs are receiving. Causes can range from head injuries and migraines to cardiovascular responses. 

See your provider if you experience vertigo for an evaluation of your inner ear. Call your provider at (828) 695-5900.