Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
The words 'dizziness' and 'vertigo', although commonly used interchangeably, actually refer to different symptoms.
Dizziness relates to feeling lightheaded, feeling like you might faint, being unsteady or the loss of balance, while vertigo relates to feeling that you or the room is spinning or moving.
Typical Causes of Dizziness
Dizziness of the lightheadedness kind can happen as the result of becoming dehydrated due to vomiting, diarrhea, fever or other illness. Dizziness is also very common with colds, flu, or allergies.
Profuse sweating may also cause dizziness due to the loss of fluid which in turn leads to a lessening of blood volume reaching the brain. This is in effect, why becoming dehydrated due to illness can also cause lightheadedness.
Dizziness Not Related to Multiple Sclerosis
It is important to realize that while dizziness is a common complaint with multiple sclerosis, it may also be the result of other serious conditions. This does not mean that feeling dizzy definitely indicates a serious illness; only that it may.
These include; heart problems such as abnormal heart rhythm or heart attack. Other conditions which may cause continued dizziness include stroke and problems with low blood pressure (hypotension). It should be noted that these types of serious condition which are associated with dizziness will usually cause additional symptoms such as chest pain.
Dizziness and Multiple Sclerosis
Dizziness, when not related to other illnesses, conditions or inner ear problems (for example, Meniere's disease or labyrinthitis), is commonly a sign of a neurological condition. This can range from a stroke to multiple sclerosis.
Dizziness related to multiple sclerosis is not usually a permanent event and it tends to pass over the course of several weeks. Sometimes, however, there may be left a tendency towards dizziness where particular types of motion may provoke a dizzy-like response where previously there was none, such as traveling by car.
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