The feeling you get as if you are moving when you are actually not is called vertigo. Most people describe vertigo as feeling dizzy or feel their surrounding is spinning. The common causes of vertigo are changes in head position, inner ear disorder, inner ear infection, and abnormal bone growth in the middle ear.

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I have a swaying sensation as if the entire earth is a boat. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, Have you seen any long term damage caused by cephalo-antibiotics? I have a debilitating balance issue and dizziness that feels like the entire earth is a boat. It had been like this for two and a half weeks after two of the 1 g Ceftriaxone injections. Please assume that I do not have a...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is unlikely to have vestibular damage due to Ceftriaxone and that too when you have taken only two doses. I have not seen until now in my practice Ceftriaxone causing vestibular damage. Can you please tell me for what medical illness Ceftriaxone was presc...  Read Full »

What can cause swaying sensation, lightheadedness, and loss of balance?

Query: Hello doctor, I am feeling lightheaded, dizzy, and off balance. There is pressure at the top of my head and back down to my neck. When lying down, there is a swaying sensation to the left side. There is ringing in my left ear. Also, a cracking noise when swallowing and fullness in the left ear. I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have positional vertigo. Your reports also suggest the same (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You should take anti-vertigo medicines and do maneuvers for vertigo relief. Please tell me if you have a history of frequent nasal or throat infections....  Read Full »

My head has been spinning for several days. Is it related to vertigo?

Query: Hello doctor,My head has been spinning for several days and I used to hear some claps in my ears. The day before yesterday, some pimples appeared in my body and my stomach was very hot and I was vomiting yellow. Is it related to vertigo or to something I ate? I took Cotrim for pimples.  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The spinning sensation is due to vertigo which could be due to either vestibular neuritis or Meniere's disease in both conditions cause vertigo. In order to identify the cause, please provide me with more details: Do you have any hearing defect? Any similar episodes ...  Read Full »

Am I feeling lightheaded due to my high cholesterol levels?

Query: Hello doctor, I am feeling lightheaded, probably due to high cholesterol. I am avoiding statins as I am trying to get pregnant. My last month's laboratory test report shows total cholesterol as 6.91 mmol/L. Kindly advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to High cholesterol will not cause lightheadedness. You probably have vertigo. I suggest you use tablet Vertin 4 mg (Betahistine). Consult a specialist doctor, talk to him or her, and take the medicine with their consent. I hope this helps. Thank you.   Read Full »

What treatment can be had for severe head to toe muscle twitches?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had muscle twitches from head to toe for 12 months. About four weeks ago, my left thumb started twitching involuntarily, and it would not stop even during sleep. This morning, I felt my right thumb start to pain. My blood tests are clear, and so are my MRI of the brain and spine....  Read Full »

Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do you feel any kind of weakness or thinning of the limbs? Do you see the twitching or only feel it? Do you feel any tingling sensations in the limbs? Is there any family history of a similar illness? Are there any thyroid function tests done? Do you have any cramps?...  Read Full »

I am experiencing vertigo and dizziness with slight tinnitus. What could be the reason behind it?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past month, I have often been experiencing vertigo sensations and dizziness with slight tinnitus. Sometimes I feel more tired than usual and feel slight palpitations. I have been to audiology, and all is fine with hearing and external and median ear. I have done multiple blood ...  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your ECG (electrocardiogram) seems to be normal only. It is better you consult a neurologist first and then take MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) according to the advise. At a younger age, there would not be many problems. Evaluation by an expert (neurologist) seems ...  Read Full »

I have headache with a ringing sensation and constant pressure in my ears. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a sharp pain in my head during sleep. It leads to consistent mild headaches and fatigue for 10 to 12 days. I was fine after that. But the headache recurred after two weeks with a ringing sensation in my ears and constant pressure in my ears and nose. Though there are no neurological ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello,Welcome to the report attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), X-rays cannot be used as a confirmatory diagnosis. Brain MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is necessary to diagnose conditions like arteriovenous brain malformation or a brain aneurysm. Your ...  Read Full »

Is my breathing difficulty and exhaustion due to hay fever?

Query: Hello,I have been suffering from dizziness or vertigo for the past two months. I am taking tablet Betahistine 8 mg thrice daily for more than two weeks. I am experiencing sneezing all day and having a feel of being out of breath and physically tired. I was diagnosed with hay fever last year. Could t...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Betahistine may act on H1 and H3 receptors and act as a anti-allergic agents in few patients. So possibly the present symptoms may not be due to this drug. For hay fever symptoms you may use tablet Levocetirizine and Montelukast once a day for a week. If there is...  Read Full »

For two weeks, I feel as if the world is moving around me. Is it vertigo?

Query: Hi doctor,Two weeks ago, I started swooning. The world seemed moving around me, and walking had to be supported. Immediately, I met a neurologist who said that it was likely to be vertigo. One week later, I met an ENT specialist. She confirmed the diagnosis, saying it was BPPV. She further said that...  Read Full »

Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq .com.To start with, I would like to know how exactly was the onset of the symptoms.1) Was it a spinning sensation? As in, the whole room was spinning when you open your eyes, or was it a wig feeling of unsteadiness, or was it more of the dimness of vision or a blackout feeling?...  Read Full »

Why does my mother have cervical stenosis, vertigo, and vomiting for past few days?

Query: Hi doctor,My mother has had cervical stenosis and vertigo with vomiting past nineteen days. Earlier she had symptoms like weakness in the body, headache, right-sided shoulder, and body pain. I have attached the MRI scan, blood, and vertigo reports. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. I saw your mother's MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), blood test (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and suggested medications. It may take up to two weeks to recover with this therapy. In the meantime, I suggest wearing a c...  Read Full »

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