Our expertise with the vestibular system allows us to collaborate with leading physicians in order to participate in the management of these conditions. By actively collaborating with leading professionals, accessing research studies and following new evidence-based reviews of diagnostic options for vestibular disorders nationally and internationally, we are able to provide our patients with an unparalleled level of care.
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Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo — the sudden sensation that you’re spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo causes brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is usually triggered by specific changes in the position of your head. This might occur when you tip your head up or down, when you lie down, or when you turn over or sit up in bed.
It is common to feel light-headed from time to time. Brief episodes of light-headedness are not usually the result of a serious problem. Light-headedness often is caused by a momentary drop in blood pressure and blood flow to your head that occurs when you get up too quickly from a seated or lying position (orthostatic hypotension). Ongoing light-headedness may mean you have a more serious problem that needs to be evaluated.
Balance problems can make you feel dizzy, as if the room is spinning, unsteady, or lightheaded. You might feel that you’re going to fall down. These feelings can happen whether you’re lying down, sitting or standing.
Many body systems — including your muscles, bones, joints, vision, the balance organ in the inner ear, nerves, heart and blood vessels — must work normally for you to have normal balance. When these systems aren’t functioning well, you can experience balance problems.
Many medical conditions can cause balance problems. However, most balance problems result from issues in your balance end-organ in the inner ear (vestibular system).
A balance disorder is a condition that makes you feel unsteady or dizzy. If you are standing, sitting, or lying down, you might feel as if you are moving, spinning, or floating. If you are walking, you might suddenly feel as if you are tipping over.
Everyone has a dizzy spell now and then, but the term “dizziness” can mean different things to different people. For one person, dizziness might mean a fleeting feeling of faintness, while for another it could be an intense sensation of spinning (vertigo) that lasts a long time.
About 15 percent of American adults (33 million) had a balance or dizziness problem in 2008. Balance disorders can be caused by certain health conditions, medications, or a problem in the inner ear or the brain. A balance disorder can profoundly affect daily activities and cause psychological and emotional hardship.
Cloudy thoughts are not a medical condition itself, but rather a symptom of other medical conditions. It’s a type of cognitive dysfunction involving: memory problems, lack of mental clarity, poor concentration, inability to focus.
Some people also describe it as mental fatigue. Depending on the severity of your cloudy thoughts, it can interfere with work or school. But it doesn’t have to be a permanent fixture in your life.