Defeating Dizziness

Practical things YOU can DO When You Feel Dizzy

#1 Don’t Assume

  • Dizziness can be debilitating! First and foremost you should realize that some dizziness can be treated! Do not assume that feeling dizzy is an inevitable part of aging! If you are dizzy, especially if you have never been dizzy before, talk to your doctor about treatment options.

#2 Mind Your Meds

  • A medication (or combination of meds) may be the reason you feel unsteady. Take note of the times you feel dizzy... if there is a correlation between one or more of your meds, talk to your doctor... maybe there’s another option.
  • If the med which is causing dizziness is necessary then just realizing there is a connection can help you anticipate the times when you need to be extra careful.
  • Use the same pharmacy for all of your prescriptions: Your pharmacist can help watch for common meds and combinations of meds that may cause dizziness.

#3 Simple Measures

  • Drink • Eat • Rest ~ Staying hydrated + eating well-balanced meals (and not skipping meals) + getting enough rest is a good formula for anyone, but for someone who gets dizzy it is especially important.
  • Slow Down! Getting up from bed, or from a chair is one of the times when dizziness can catch you off guard. Take your time and be sure you feel steady before trying to walk or move.
  • Stay Cool ~ Taking really hot showers or baths, being outside on a hot day, wearing heavy clothing... can all make you hot under the collar... and dizzy! On hot days wear loose, lightweight clothes; stay in the air conditioning when possible; carry an umbrella in your purse for shade; and turn down the thermostat on your hot water heater to control water temperature.

#4 Hold On

  • Arrange your home so that you can hold onto stable objects if needed as you go from room to room.
  • Use a walker or cane to keep you steady... EVEN in your own home!

#5 Balance Rehab

  • Believe it or not there are special exercises which can improve balance and decrease feelings of dizziness. A Physical Therapist can help evaluate if these techniques might help and teach you the maneuvers.

#6 The Eyes Have It

  • If you have prescription glasses for distance be sure to wear them when you’re walking... even short distances.
  • If you have prescription reading glasses, be sure to take them off when walking... even short distances.
  • When sudden dizziness begins focus your eyes on a stable object in the distance... sometimes closing your eyes can help too, but be sure you’re sitting down or holding onto something before trying this.

#7 TeleHealth Tips

  • Use your walker to get up on the scale. Once you are steady on the scale let go until the monitor tells you to step off, then use walker stepping off of the scale.
  • Never rush to the monitor. You have plenty of time to test. If you miss the 30 minute window of reminders, you can always push the blue retest button.
  • Are you more dizzy than usual? Don’t ignore the symptoms. Talk to your TeleHealth Coach or Doctor.

30-Day Hospitalization Rate 6.7%.
64% lower than the national average.