There are many reasons that we might feel dizzy or lightheaded, and feeling dizzy and seeing double at the same time may be the sign of a very serious medical condition.
First, identify your sensation of dizziness. Vertigo is the feeling of being in motion. With this uncomfortable condition, things seem to spin around you, usually in a consistent direction. You might experience nausea or vomiting, and an onset might occur when resting or in moving from a particular position. Commonly caused by nerve or inner ear problems, vertigo warrants a visit to your physician. Engaging in therapy, taking medications, and adjusting your current diet and/or medications are all treatments.
Another form of dizziness is lightheadedness, or the feeling you get when you stand up too fast. This condition can be caused by a drop in blood pressure or insufficient output of blood from the heart. Some lightheadedness can be normal, unless it is accompanied by fainting. If you experience lightheadedness, particularly if you take medication for another condition, talk to your doctor to identify the source of this sensation.
Disequilibrium-feeling like you might fall-is a form of dizziness that may be the body's way of telling you that there is a more pronounced problem. It is particularly important to note if you feel dizzy and are seeing double at the same time. Double vision means that you usually see two of everything; covering one eye will restore single vision. However, it may be subtle so you only interpret double vision as blurring and difficulty reading. Although dizziness or vertigo might accompany migraine headaches, experiencing dizziness and double vision simultaneously might signal a stroke. Other warning signs of a stroke include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, particularly on one side of the body, difficulty speaking, and a sudden, severe headache.
Integrative Health Solution: Review all medications since they may be related to any of these disorders. Get an eye examination and consult your local physician. The problem might be a virus or could be a more significant neurological condition.