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Occasional dizziness, especially when you sit up, stand up, or turn your head, may indicate vertigo, a medical term for the false sense of motion. Some people experience nausea and vomiting.

Vertigo is the most common cause of dizziness and relates to the balance mechanism in the inner ear. It may result from fluid build-up and inflammation, which generally clears up without treatment. The following are a few reasons why vertigo may occur:

Meniere's disease is characterized by vertigo lasting 20 minutes or more. It may also include buzzing/ringing in the ear, fluctuating hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness in the year.

Rapid changes of motion, such as in a boat, car, airplane or an amusement park ride can make one temporarily dizzy.

Acute vestimular neuronitis can persist for several days and can be incapacitating. The cause is unknown, but may be a viral infection. However, it usually clears up without treatment.

Acoustic neuroma is a non-cancerous growth on the acoustic nerve connecting the inner ear to the brain. Symptoms may include dizziness, loss of balance, hearing loss and ringing/buzzing in the ear.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, may be a natural result of aging, although doctors do not know for sure. BPPV involves dizziness when you move your head. It is caused by particles of calcium carbonate crystals breaking loose. When the particles shift inside the inner year, vertigo results. This condition can be treated through a physical therapist, or your doctor may prescribe medication.

Vertigo is not the only cause of dizziness. Recurring dizziness may signal a more serious condition, so it's important that you see your doctor.


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