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A change in any of these systems may start to affect how you perceive your balance in the world surrounding you. The spectrum of dizziness may include:
The list of potential causes of the problem spans anywhere from disorders with:
At times, certain infections can also cause vertigo or imbalance, and at other times, the exact cause of the dizziness can never be determined.
If you experience new onset dizziness it is important for you to see your Primary doctor. If your symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, numbness or weakness of the limbs, slurred speech, facial weakness, severe headache, or a sudden change in hearing, it is important to be seen immediately. If there is a sudden change in hearing, it is important to be seen by our doctors as soon as possible.
Fortunately, dizziness often does not have to be a permanent problem. Your doctor may order a series of tests including evaluation of hearing, balance, and possibly some blood work to look into the cause of your problem further. Your doctor may also refer you to another specialty depending on the exact history of your problem, and what is found after a physical examination. Many times, balance disorders can be managed with physical therapy, or certain maneuvers to reset the balance organs in your brain.