Lightheadedness is a reeling sensation, caused by a temporary decrease in blood flow to the brain.
Feeling lightheaded is a sensation that may precede syncope or fainting. It is usually experienced when in an upright position (standing or sitting). If it occurs when you are lying down, then the cause may be more serious. One may have the sense the floor is moving or the room is spinning. Because the sensation is often related to a momentary decreased blood flow to the brain, the sensation can usually be remedied by getting into a horizontal position.
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Lie down. If the sensation persists, call your doctor.
If you experience lightheadedness along with any of these symptoms:
Passing out or fainting
Blindness or visual changes
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Written by: JC Jones MA, RN Reviewed by: Paul Auerbach, MD Written: September 19, 2007 Last Updated: September 30, 2007 Published By:
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