Dizziness Fainting

Head | Neurology | Dizziness Fainting (Symptom)


Dizziness is a common description for many different feelings. The feeling of dizziness, or a dizzy spell, may be very familiar to an individual, yet difficult to describe.

Vertigo is a medical term to describe the feeling of spinning, whirling, or motion either of a person or of his or her surroundings. This is the same feeling an individual might have after getting off a merry-go-round or spinning in place. Several diseases of the balance organs of the inner ear can cause vertigo, or it may be a symptom of a tumour or stroke.


Dizziness may be just mildly annoying or caused by something possibly life-threatening. The reasons for which a person might feel dizzy include: fainting or near fainting such as at the sight of blood or with emotional upset, fainting or near fainting from standing up too quickly or standing still too long, weakness experienced when a person has the flu, a cold, or other illness, seasickness or motion sickness, queasiness, nausea, or vomiting, confusion, fatigue, tiredness, or daytime sleepiness, and/or clumsy hands or stumbling when walking.