Dizziness can describe several different sensations and is one of the most common symptoms that will prompt a person to seek medical care. The term dizziness is sometimes difficult to understand since it means different things to different people.


A dizzy spell doesn't always indicate a life-threatening condition, but it can be worrisome. Dizziness can be associated with more serious conditions, such as a stroke or cardiovascular problems. Even on its own, though, if dizziness leads to a fall, it can be dangerous.

Dizziness can occur when you are moving, standing still or lying down. When you are dizzy, you may feel:

  • Faint
  • Lightheaded
  • Nauseous
  • Unsteady
  • Woozy

The difference between dizziness and vertigo is that intense vertigo can make you nauseated or so unsteady you cannot drive or walk. It feels like you or objects around you are:

  • Floating
  • Spinning
  • Swaying
  • Tilting

Many people describe vertigo as if the room or world is spinning around them.

Cleveland Clinic
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Last Updated on Oct 23, 2020