Dizziness: Lightheadedness and Vertigo
Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:
- What is your major symptom, lightheadedness or vertigo?
- How long have you had your symptoms? Do they come and go, or are they always present?
- What were you doing when your symptoms started?
- How often do you experience Reference dizziness Opens New Window?
- What makes your symptoms better or worse?
- Do you have other symptoms that may be related to your
major symptom? Symptoms may include:
- Changes in vision, such as blurred or double vision, halos, or spots.
- Chest pain.
- Fainting or falling.
- Heart Reference palpitations Opens New Window, irregular heartbeat, or an unusually slow or fast heart rate.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Numbness or tingling.
- Weakness or changes in your ability to stand or walk.
- Ringing in the ears (Reference tinnitus Opens New Window) or loss of hearing.
- Shortness of breath or a feeling of suffocation.
- What medicines do you take? Make a list of both prescription and nonprescription medicines you use.
- Do you have any Reference health risks?
Before seeing your doctor, it may be helpful to keep track of your symptoms. Use the questions above as a guide for what to include in your diary of symptoms (What is a Reference PDF Opens New Window document?).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 12, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine