Lightheadedness

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Hi, I have had a problem with lightheadedness or diziness. I am not sure where it comes from but it started  2 days ago. My doctor said it might be dehydration althouugh ever since then I have been drinking liters of water. and I do not feel any better. I am young so my doctor elminated other things like strokes. I am fine when I lay down flat, I barely feel anything when I am sitting and I feel the most when I am standing or walking. When I feel it, I can still walk and keep my balance but I become a bit more unblanced. It isn't anything serious since I can still focus and all I feel is just unbalanceness and my head feeling light. I have gotten blodd test and haven't heard since(happened yesterday). I am not sure if it will get worse or better. It would be nice if someone can tell what might be the problem.

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    I've had similar issues with dehydration and lightheadedness. I ended up in the ER, and was given and IV of fluids. Second time it happened I was also given an IV. I'm sort of surprised your doctor didn't send you to the hospital to get an IV of fluids.  Last time I got it, I was told to add a little salt to my water. Avoid drinking cranberry juice.  Add a little salt to your water and eat bananas to add potassium to your body. Was your blood pressure checked? I also get it from low blood pressure, if your blood pressure was fine, then it's probably dehydration.

    One last thing, you can buy water that has glucose & dextrose usually found in your pharmacy that can also help with dehydration.

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      Thats interesting.. My doctor said I can just drink water instead of just getting an IV. Also my blood pressure was fine. How long do you think I should drink water to hydrate myself? Also, what do you think if something got into my ear and is messing with the crystals in it? Thank You for replying!
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      If you add a little salt & a pinch of sugar, to your water you should start to feel better almost immediately. The displacement of crystals is within the inner ear. I doubt anything would be able to affect it. If something did enter your ear, like a bug, the most you would feel is pain or discomfort.

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      Iv, of course, it gets into your blood stream fast. This is why I was surprised that you were told to just drink water, because some people, like me, can't absorb it fast enough to stop the malaise/dizzy feeling.   

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    Hi - I ve been the same for quite a while.  The best person to see is a neurologist.  He can help you it might be you have vestibular migraine.  You can have this with or without the headache.  There are other symptoms but it sounds like it. I have migraine associated vertigo.  The only way to get rid of it is with medication Im afraid.  See if it passes and if not, ask to see a neuro.  There is a good website on facebook for vestibular migraine.
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    Hi if you have BPPV - problems with crystals, the ENT can give you the epley manoevre and dislodge them.  It might be they need to try this before they go onto something else.
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