The effect of dizziness on daily life is profound. People may become anxious and show symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and sweating. They avoid situations where the symptoms are bothersome for those around them and for themselves. Many times, people are unable to work or exercise.
Dizziness is a symptom and can present itself in different ways. In addition, dizziness can have many causes. Usually the causes are benign, but a tumour or a brain haemorrhage can also give this symptom. This makes diagnosis a challenge, which may also involve the neurologist or an ENT doctor. Indeed, there may be several causes present at the same time causing the dizziness. Especially in the elderly. Many elderly people use several medications at the same time, and dizziness may be a side effect (or interaction between) the (or interaction between) medications.
In general, elderly people experience the most impairments. Dizziness is one of the most common complaints for which people over 75 come to a GP. In 40% of cases, GPs cannot diagnose people who come with dizziness complaints. The elderly frequently present with multiple forms of dizziness.
In old age, dizziness can be a risk factor for falling and thus breaking bones. Despite the fact that dizziness rarely results from a serious illness, it often has a substantial impact on daily functioning and general well-being.
Making a proper diagnosis is very important because most forms of vertigo are treatable. Using a systematic and structured case history is very important to arrive at a diagnosis. The most common diagnosis in people with acute dizziness is BPPD (positional vertigo).
Some forms of vertigo, such as BPPD and cervicogenic vertigo, can be resolved within seconds by applying a manoeuvre or manipulation. 90% of people treated in a targeted manner for BPPD will recover within a week. A wait-and-see policy is undesirable in this case.
Besides treating BPPD, you can also come to us for the following indications of dizziness symptoms:
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