What your dizziness REALLY means… and how to STOP it
It’s the perfect example of mainstream madness at its absolute worst.
It starts when you show up at a doctor’s office complaining about a problem that is often CAUSED by medication.
YOU would find the drug and get rid of it, because YOU have a little common sense.
But what will HE do?
If he’s like too many docs, he’ll do just the opposite.
He’ll add another drug to the mix!
Now, the mainstream is claiming victory, because new numbers show that fewer doctors are following this insane approach with the rate of drugs prescribed for dizziness dropping in recent years.
But less insanity is STILL insanity -- and that’s what we’ve got here, as the same new numbers show that 1 in 5 patients who visit a primary care doc for dizziness STILL walk out of that clinic with a new prescription.
You NEED fewer meds. Instead, you GET more.
And while the mainstream is celebrating fewer patients getting the extra meds, the docs are making up for it in another way.
When you have this form of run-of-the-mill dizziness, docs have a few options, starting with cutting back on meds.
What they’re NOT supposed to do is panic you and send you off for brain scans -- because without other risk factors, complications, or symptoms, this form of vertigo is almost never serious.
But they’re doing it anyway.
As the rate of new drug prescriptions drops, the rate of those brain scans is climbing, jumping by FOUR TIMES within just a few years.
Now, 1 in 20 patients who complain of ordinary vertigo are sent out for unneeded imaging tests, adding cost, worry, and risk for something with a simple solution.
If you’ve been getting the dizzies yourself, go over your medications with your doctor or pharmacist before you do anything else… and look for the obvious suspects.
Blood pressure meds (including ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, and diuretics), painkillers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and more can also cause dizziness.
Along with individual drugs, certain combinations of drugs can also cause side effects such as dizziness.
Don’t stop taking them on your own, but work with your doctor to find alternative options. Many of the conditions controlled with these drugs have non-drug options.
And for quick relief from dizziness as you work to find a long-term solution, try some ginger root.
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