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Symptoms of Headaches With Dizziness

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Michelle Kulas worked in the health-care field for 10 years, serving as a certified nurses' assistant, dental assistant and dental insurance billing coordinator. Her areas of expertise include health and dental topics, parenting, nutrition, homeschooling and travel.
Symptoms of Headaches With Dizziness
A man is suffering from a headache. Photo Credit MichaƂ Ludwiczak/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Most of the time, headaches do not indicate a major problem, and will go away on their own with rest, hydration and an over-the-counter pain reliever. However, if you experience a severe headache along with dizziness or lack of coordination, seek emergency care, though if the headache and dizziness are mild, you can wait to see if it passes on its own before contacting your physician for advice.

Pregnancy

You may experience headaches with dizziness when you are pregnant. Hormones are likely responsible for both, explains the American Pregnancy Association. These hormones cause your blood vessels to relax, which helps blood nourish your baby more easily. Unfortunately, this causes a lower blood pressure in the mother-to-be, which can cause dizziness and headaches. Other causes of these maladies during pregnancy may be lack of sleep, low blood sugar and dehydration from vomiting. Getting enough rest, standing up slowly from a sitting or lying down position, and eating well may help relieve both headaches and dizziness during pregnancy. If you develop a severe headache, or if you find yourself fainting, contact your health care provider.

Severe Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, usually has no symptoms. In fact, high blood pressure is sometimes called "the silent killer" because you may experience organ damage, heart attack or stroke without noticing any symptoms of the disorder. According to KidsHealth, in severe cases, you may experience headaches, dizziness, nausea and nosebleeds. If you know that you have hypertension and you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

Migraines

Migraines are often associated with headaches, their most common symptom. During or in-between headaches, however, migraine sufferers often experience dizziness, or vertigo. The Vestibular Disorders Association reports that about 25 percent of patients who suffer from migraines also suffer from spells of dizziness. Treatments for migraine sufferers include diet changes and medications.

Concussion

A concussion is a type of brain injury. The symptoms of a concussion, according to MayoClinic.com, include a headache, dizziness, confusion, amnesia, ringing in the ears and fatigue. In some cases, you may also experience nausea and vomiting or slurred speech. If your symptoms persist, or if you vomit, have a seizure, have unequal dilation in your pupils, hear ringing in your ears or lose your sense of smell or taste, seek emergency care.

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