What Is Chronic Dizziness?
Chronic dizziness manifests in many ways. For instance, lightheadedness often gives one the sensation of fainting. Vertigo gives the patient a sensation that he or she is moving, while actually standing still. While most people experience dizziness at some point, chronic or constant dizziness is an ongoing, recurring situation. Several reasons for chronic dizziness exist, including migraines, side effects to medication, inner ear conditions, allergies, heart conditions and tumors. Chronic dizziness often accompanies migraine headaches. Migraines are believed to occur when blood flow to the brain is decreased, a condition called vertebrobasilar insufficiency. Chronic migraine sufferers may also experience debilitating pain and residual vertigo. Inner ear problems also are common causes of chronic dizziness and produce a feeling of spinning or turning. Patients may also experience balance issues and difficulty when encountering motion stimuli. When certain cells in the inner ear that det