HomeAnswersNeurologymigraineWhat could be the cause for constant dizziness, vision blackout, ringing sound and headache?

I get constant spells of dizziness, headache and blackout when I stand up. Why?

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Dr. Vinodhini J.

Published At January 3, 2020
Reviewed AtNovember 29, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 19-year-old female. Almost every time I stand up or sit up I get extremely dizzy and lose all eyesight, and everything looks like a tv that lost signal. I also lose most of my hearing and there is also ringing noises in my ear. After a few minutes I can see again, but I get about 20 seconds of an excruciating migraine. I usually have to hold on to something, because I almost always lose balance. There have also been a few episodes while just sitting down, I get blackouts. It is just the same as described in the ones when I get while I stand up, but about 20 times longer and I constantly fall and cannot stand or see absolutely anything in those cases. That episode lasts for about half an hour.

I have had the constant spells when I stand up a few times daily (at least) for the past couple of years and thought they would decrease by now, but the bad spells that I get have become more frequent in the past few months, once every two weeks or so. I have not had any injuries in the past few years, so I have no clue what could be going on. It is starting to really concern me. Also, when I am exposed to the color white or yellow my color in my vision changes and I start to see different colors. I have no idea if that is related but I have had those for years.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Frequent chronic headaches are most commonly due to:

1. Migraine headache.

2. Chronic tension headache.

Migraine headaches are usually unilateral, associated with throbbing, vomiting sensations, photophobia, and phonophobia.

Chronic tension headaches usually present with heaviness in head, band-like sensation over the head with sleeping difficulties. Important here is to differentiate between the two.

A clinical examination especially neurological examination, fundus examination are must to rule out any other neurological problem which might also require neuroimaging. You should see your doctor. He will classify the headache and if it is migrainous, treatment would be with drugs like Flunarizine, Propanolol, Amitryptyline.

Tension Headaches are treated with Amitryptilline, Escitalopram with behavioral modification treatment.

I hope this helps.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Anshul Varshney
Dr. Anshul Varshney

Internal Medicine

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