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The Unsettling Feeling of Dizziness

Feeling dizzy or lightheaded, like you might fall if you don’t sit down, can be quite scary. These sensations may become increasingly common with age. Sometimes, the reasons and the solutions are simple. Other times, the symptoms call for a visit to a physician.

For example, drinking alcohol, even a little

Causes of Dizziness in Older Adults

Causes of Dizziness in Older Adults

Dizziness is not a specific medical disorder, but a set of symptoms frequently reported in older adults. Dizziness can be caused by many underlying factors that could involve the eyes, ears, thyroid, lungs, bladder, musculoskeletal system, brain, and heart. The emergency room physician who treats a patient with dizziness has

Emergency Room Secrets: Falls, Fractures, and “FDGB”

Emergency Room Secrets: Falls, Fractures, and “FDGB”

“FDGB” is a common occurrence in the Emergency Department setting. The first question is: How common and varied is FGDB? The second question is: Exactly what is FDGB? Our emergency room secrets include the story behind that code.

You see, in medicine we use mnemonics, abbreviations, and medical slang like they’re

Dizziness While Standing Up: What Causes It?

Dizziness While Standing Up: What Causes It?

At some point in life, you may have experienced dizziness while standing up. Dizziness includes three subtly different symptoms:

Lightheadedness, where your head feels light, as if you may feel faint
Vertigo, where you feel that the room or world is spinning
Unsteadiness, where you feel like you are unstable

2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Until recently, the term “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” (COPD) was used to describe two conditions—emphysema and chronic bronchitis—that make it difficult to breathe in and out. In 2017, the Global Initiative on Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) updated its census report on the diagnosis, prevention, and management of COPD to reflect

Improving Balance: Start By Working with Your Doctor

Improving Balance: Start By Working with Your Doctor

Balance—or your sense of equilibrium—is something you may take for granted. It helps you stay upright when standing, know where you are in relation to gravity, and walk and move without falling. Balance is controlled by the vestibular system in the inner ear: essentially, this system tells you how your

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