People often use the word "dizziness" when they are talking about a
variety of symptoms, including:
It is important for your doctor to know which of these
symptoms you mean when you say, "I am dizzy," because the cause, diagnosis, and
treatment are different for each symptom. When someone complains of dizziness,
the symptom is vertigo only about half of the time.
For more information about whether your symptom really is vertigo,
see the topic Dizziness: Lightheadedness and Vertigo. It can help you tell the
difference between vertigo and other types of dizziness.
April 12, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology
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