When is dizziness a problem?

Dizziness is a problem if it occurs when you are getting up, lying down, or sitting in a chair.

The symptom of dizziness is more common than you might think. About 40 percent of adults seek medical help for dizziness at least once in their lives.

Dizziness feels different to different people. Some people describe being lightheaded or woozy. Some feel they are spinning, or the world is spinning around them (vertigo). Others have no unusual sensation, but lose their balance when they stand or try to walk. Sometimes dizziness comes in spells, with little or no dizziness between spells. Other times it comes on abruptly and gradually gets better. Occasionally it’s barely noticeable at first and keeps getting worse. Dizziness can even induce nausea and vomiting.


What causes dizziness?
Dizziness has many different causes. It is a common side effect of some medications. It is caused by toxic chemicals and fumes and by injuries to the head or neck. Sometimes the problem is in the ear. Dizziness-causing ear disorders include fluid imbalances, infections, and degenerative diseases. The most common of these has a long name—benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. It occurs when tiny crystals get lodged in the wrong part of the inner ear and it can cause severe dizziness, especially when you lie down in bed.


Sometimes dizziness comes from problems within the brain. Brain disorders include tumors, migraine, multiple sclerosis, and various kinds of infections and degenerative diseases. Dizziness can be caused by partial or total blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the brain. It can also be caused by general health problems, such as thyroid deficiency, vitamin deficiency, diabetes, anemia, and immune system diseases.

Some of these disorders are serious and some are not so serious. Fortunately, serious disorders are rare and not-so-serious disorders are common. Strange as it may seem, severe dizziness doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious disorder.


Call us today for an appointment to address your dizziness issues (513-475-3180).


  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
  • Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
  • Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling,7 usually by falling sideways.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $31 billion annually. Hospital costs account for two-thirds of the total.

1. Do you feel unsteady or dizzy?


2. Did you ever fall or feel like you were about to fall?


3. Are you dizzy or unsteady when you first get up?


4. Do you worry that you may fall or hurt yourself?


5. Does moving your head quickly make you dizzy?


6. Does bending over make you dizzy?


7. Does your dizziness or inbalance problem interfere with your job or household duties?


8. Do you avoid outdoors for fear of falling?

Did You Know?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One-third of Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
  • In 2013, the total cost of fall injuries was $34 billion.
  • The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.


These statistics are very disturbing, especially since falling is not a necessary part of the aging process. In addition to these statistics, falls are the main reason why older people lose their independence.  Let us help you stay independent and avoid becoming part these statistics by scheduling an appointment for diagnostic testing. Take this brief survey to determine if you should consider testing to identify issues causing dizziness, vertigo, and other balance problems. BALANCING WELL IS LIVING WELL!


At Living Well Ohio, we’re dedicated and trained to provide the highest level of diagnostic services for patient stability and balance. Our medical staff will evaluate and test you for issues that may cause balance problems. They will then point you in the right direction for therapy or additional follow-up.