Lightheadedness is a feeling of dizziness or faintness. It occurs due to dehydration, side effects of medications, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, and heart disease. It is necessary to consult a doctor if the lightheadedness occurs along with facial drooping on one side, shortness of breath, nausea, and vomiting. It is treated by taking enough water and receiving intravenous fluids in normal cases. In severe cases, antinausea medications and antianxiety medications are taken depending on the accompanying symptoms.

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Why am I having terrible upper back pain and left shoulder pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32 year old male, and I have a terrible upper back and left shoulder pain from past two years. The pain is radiating to the left side of the chest also. Whenever I move my neck, I hear some sound. With this pain, I feel drowsy and light-headed full day. I am not able to do routine...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like the following details. Did you take any x-ray? Have you tried physiotherapy? Was the MRI with or without contrast? Do you feel missed heartbeats when you feel drowsy? Do you get sweaty or get a sinking feeling? If yes, then you need a 24- hour Holter ECG (...  Read Full »

What are the causes of fullness and swelling inside my ear?

Query: Hi doctor,I feel fullness and swelling inside my right ear, and my hearing is slightly impaired. I also feel lightheaded sometimes. But yesterday, my lightheadedness was worse. I am worried.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about as this is a very common treatable entity we come across. You have developed a eustachian tube catarrh which occurs secondary to nasal allergy. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. I...  Read Full »

After a severe attack of vertigo, my EKG is abnormal. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 50 year old male, who weighs 240 lbs. Two weeks back, I had dizziness following an attack of severe vertigo that made me fall to the ground. My psychiatrist sent me for an EKG, I went to the cardiologist to review the reports, and he said that the EKG was abnormal. My psychiat...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Have you informed your psychiatrist about vertigo? Because vertigo could be caused by some of the drugs you are using, like Depakote (Divalproex sodium) and Risperdal (Risperidone). So, you could be having the dizziness due to the side effects of the medication. ...  Read Full »

After taking the first dose of Sinopharm, I got heart racing with lightheadedness. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 52-year-old female. I do not have any health issues. Initially, I took the first dose of Sinopharm. I got severe diarrhea and stomach cramps. I was given Metronidazole. My intestinal issues got cleared up. But when I waked up in the night, I had an average heart racing two times...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from heart racing, trembling, lightheadedness and dizziness after getting the first dose of Covid vaccine called Sinopharm. Like other medications, this Covid vaccine ...  Read Full »

Does lacquer exposure cause long-term health effects?

Query: Hi doctor, I did a do-it-yourself art project using lacquer on a wooden table about a year ago. I did not ventilate well and felt lightheaded the next day after the product dried. The lightheaded or dizziness effect went away after a few days when the product dried. I had felt no other negative sym...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Usually, it does not cause such severe complications or long-term side effects; as you have mentioned, the exposure was one year ago, and it was just once. Occupational exposure can lead to specific side effects or d...  Read Full »

What is the cause for feeling lightheaded constantly?

Query: Hi doctor, I am feeling lightheaded constantly, and having abdominal and back pain. I have been taking Protonix 40 mg at night. I am attaching my laboratory results for CBC, CMP, UA, lactate, PTT, and INR. I have just been feeling generally unwell these past six months. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are safe from the pandemic. I went through all of your work up (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Minor observations are there. Neutrophils are borderline. Hemoglobin is also on the borderline higher side. A low-grade fever and possible ...  Read Full »

Why do I feel lightheaded and dizzy for a week?

Query: Hi doctor, About a week ago, I started feeling light-headed and dizzy in my head. I experience it, especially while I am in a sitting posture. Also, I have found some extra growth in my ribs right below the middle connecting both sides, on the right part of the rib. Please guide me.  Read Full »

Dr. S D Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Lightheadedness and dizziness could be due to many reasons. For that, we could start with a few tests: 1) Blood pressure. You could get your blood pressure checked in sitting, sleeping postures, and while standing. To rule out abnormal high blood pressure or low blood ...  Read Full »

What could cause transient fatigue and lightheadedness in a 16-year-old girl?

Query: Hello doctor, Our daughter, who recently turned 16, has been having some random, sporadic episodes of transient fatigue and lightheadedness for the past three months. She has no other symptoms, including no weight loss, no headaches, no fever, and no lymphadenopathy. We mentioned it to our regular ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Nothing significant was noted except that the cholesterol levels are quite high. I would suggest the following: 1. Daily exercise, walking, or aerobic activ...  Read Full »

Why do I get lightheadedness and dizziness after stopping Progesterone pills?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20-year-old female. I have mild polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and possible endometriosis. I was put on a Progesterone only pill for the past six months, and I thought I was getting more headaches. So my gynecologist advised me to stop for two weeks. Since coming off the pill, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. Firstly, I must compliment you for analyzing your problem and arriving at a likely solution. Yes, you are right. Maybe your body has developed some dependency on Slynd. But there can be other reasons too like...  Read Full »

Why do I have lightheadedness and pain behind the eyes?

Query: Hi doctor, From time to time, I get a weird lightheaded sensation. I feel such weird sensation while reading, looking at my cell phone, watching television or driving at night. For a moment, I feel as though I may pass out. But, I do not pass out and it goes away quickly. Sometimes, it happens a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The most likely reasons for such episodes are likely to be hypoglycemia or hypotension. Both can manifest with similar presentations with mild dizziness followed by headaches. It is necessary that you should get your blood sugar levels and your blood pressure levels du...  Read Full »

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