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Why do I feel dizzy when I reach up high for something?

Asked by CupcakesandTea (353 points ) March 13th, 2011

I can’t exactly recall when this first started happening but I know I’ve experienced it for awhile. I have noticed that when I reach up high for something (reaching for the string on the ceiling fan or reaching for a high cabinet for example) I get very dizzy for a few seconds even after I have completed the task. It’s not a huge concern but it does stir my curiosity a little. Is this a common occurrence with most people or is it just me?

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marinelife's avatar

Well, it could be the beginnings of vestibular disease.

There are exercises that you can do to help it. You should see an ENT specialist for a specific diagnosis and treatment program.

gasman's avatar

If it’s caused by tilting your head upward, it could be vertebral artery syndrome.

Lightlyseared's avatar

There are over 300 causes for feeling dizzy so seeing a doc is a must be diagnosing the exact cause can be an absoulte pain in the butt.

Anemone's avatar

Does it happen as you’re reaching up, or afterwards? If it’s afterwards, maybe you’re holding your breath without realizing it?

Raven_Rising's avatar

It could be a mild drop in blood pressure or a problem with your inner ear. It doesn’t sound terribly serious but you might want to talk to your doctor about it, especially if it gets worse.

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