Vestibular Rehabilitation

What to do when you experience sudden dizziness and nausea

Have you ever been struck by sudden dizziness or nausea without any indication as to why? This can happen when you are moving around or even when sitting down. Sudden dizziness and nausea can last for hours, making it difficult for you to do anything besides lying down and waiting for it to pass. 

This is no way to spend your days. If you suffer from sudden dizziness or nausea, it’s time to look into what’s causing it and what you can do to address the issue. 

What causes sudden dizziness and nausea?

Your system of balance is the coordination of your eyes, sensory nerves and inner ear, which contains many sensors that detect motion. Sudden dizziness and nausea usually occur due to some interruption of this system of balance. This is commonly related to conditions like:

  • Vertigo — Vertigo is more of a symptom than an actual disease. However, it’s often diagnosed on its own because its exact cause isn’t always clear. What it does is create a sense of spinning or wobbling. Vertigo flare-ups can strike while moving quickly, such as sitting up too quickly in bed, or it can strike even when you are sitting or standing still.
  • Migraines — Migraines are severe headaches. They are known to frequently cause dizziness and nausea that can last for several minutes or hours.
  • Meniere’s disease — Meniere’s disease is a buildup of excessive fluid in your inner ear. The presence of this excessive fluid affects the sensors in your inner ear, which can throw off your balance.
  • Infection — An infection of one of your sensory nerves can cause sudden dizziness and nausea. 

What can I do about sudden dizziness and nausea?

Dizziness and nausea are usually treatable with physical therapy. A physical therapist can evaluate your condition and review your medical history to pinpoint the source of your dizziness and nausea. They can then create a personalized treatment to help you regain your sense of balance and orientation and to reduce nausea.

At Advent, our physical therapists specialize in a variety of treatment forms that are effective for helping people with sudden dizziness and nausea, including:

  • Therapeutic exercises to help make your muscles stronger for balance
  • Focus exercises that train your brain’s ability to readjust to the challenges presented by your condition causing your dizziness
  • Movement exercises to help your brain adjust to dizziness caused by turning your head

Visit Advent Physical Therapy today for sudden dizziness treatment

Are you frequently plagued by sudden dizziness and nausea? This makes it difficult to get through your daily life and can even put you at risk from a fall or if you are affected while driving. Our physical therapists at Advent want to help you recover from your dizziness so you can live a more normal daily life. Contact our team today for more information about sudden dizziness treatment or to schedule an initial appointment. 

It was my first time going to physical therapy and I give Advent 5 stars! The staff is super friendly and I couldn’t have asked for a better place! I would definitely recommend them! Thank you for helping me get back on my feet after my accident.

Allen F