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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Dizziness Made Worse by Moving the Head

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced dizziness made worse by moving the head. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Possible Meniere's Disease

    Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear. It can cause severe dizziness, a roaring sound in the ears called tinnitus, hearing loss that comes and goes and the feeling of ear pressure or pain. Meniere's commonly develops between the ages of 20 and 60, and most often starts in only one ear.

    Life-long condition, attacks may happen 6-11 times per year on average.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, episodic dizziness, ringing in the ears, vertigo (extreme dizziness), ear fullness/pressure
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Dehydration

    Dehydration occurs when the body does not have fluid to function properly, because of decreased intake or increased losses like vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms of dehydration include extreme thirst, dark urine, fatigue, and dizziness.

    With rehydration, symptoms resolve completely.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, dizziness, vomiting or diarrhea, racing heart beat, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

    Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a common disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes of intense dizziness with head movements. It is believed this is caused by tiny calcium crystals in the inner ear that become dislodged from their usual position within the inner ear.

    Condition will either resolve on its own or is highly treatable with a physical maneuver.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, episodic dizziness, vomiting, vertigo (extreme dizziness), dizziness
    Symptoms that always occur with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo:
    episodic dizziness
    Symptoms that never occur with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo:
    hearing loss, heartbeat sound in the ear, ringing in the ears
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Atrial Fibrillation

    An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. The atria comprise two out of the four chambers of the heart. When their beat is disturbed, symptoms such as a racing heart, chest pain, breathlessness, and dizziness may occur.

    More than 1/2 of people with short term atrial fibrillation get their normal heart rhythm back in less than 2 days without any treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, racing heart beat, lightheadedness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  5. 5.Central Vertigo

    Central vertigo is vertigo due to a disease originating from the brain or spinal cord. Vertigo can cause individuals to experience hallucinations of motion of their surroundings.

    This condition is considered irreversible, but symptoms can be effectively managed with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vertigo (extreme dizziness), numbness or tingling sensations in skin, difficulty walking, jerky, unsteady, or uncoordinated walk, motor disturbance
    Symptoms that always occur with central vertigo:
    vertigo (extreme dizziness)
    Symptoms that never occur with central vertigo:
    hearing loss, heartbeat sound in the ear
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Earwax Blockage

    Ear wax production is a normal process, as the body makes wax to protect the ear from infection. Sometimes ear wax can build up and cover the eardrum, which is a thin layer of skin that stretches across the end of the ear canal and picks up sound from outside. Ear wax buildup has nothing to do with poor hygiene, and it is not possible to prevent a build-up by washing.

    Condition likely will go away on its own after 5 days without treatment. However, with pain, dizziness, or feelings of fullness, the earwax should be removed.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, dry cough, ear canal pain, ear fullness/pressure, ringing in the ears
    Symptoms that never occur with earwax blockage:
    swollen ear, fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  7. 7.Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    Vitamin B12 is a vitamin crucial to healthy neurological and cardiovascular functioning. If deficient, symptoms include trouble thinking, anxiety, stomach issues, and weakness.

    Symptoms resolve completely when B12 levels return to normal.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, history of headaches, racing heart beat
    Symptoms that never occur with vitamin b12 deficiency:
    menstrual period changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Motion Sickness

    Motion sickness is a common problem caused by motion or the perception of motion. It typically causes nausea and/or vomiting and possibly dizziness or headaches.

    Motion sickness is a condition. Symptoms are well controlled with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach bloating
    Symptoms that always occur with motion sickness:
    nausea or vomiting
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  9. 9.Vestibular Dysfunction

    The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. If disease or injury damages these processing areas, vestibular dysfunction can result. People with vestibular dysfunction usually get light headed, or lose balance easily. It can also result from or be worsened by genetic or environmental conditions, or occur for unknown reasons.

    Usually goes away on its own within 6-12 months.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, vertigo (extreme dizziness)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Dizziness Made Worse by Moving the Head

  • Q.Do you hear a ringing or whistling sound no one else hears?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Have you noticed a change in your hearing?

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Dizziness Made Worse by Moving the Head Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced dizziness made worse by moving the head have also experienced:

    • 8% Nausea
    • 7% Headache
    • 5% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced dizziness made worse by moving the head had symptoms persist for:

    • 41% Less Than a Day
    • 25% Less Than a Week
    • 17% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced dizziness made worse by moving the head were most often matched with:

    • 50% Dehydration
    • 25% Possible Meniere's Disease
    • 25% Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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