Sinusitis Dizziness – Early Morning Vertigo


More than 5 million Americans a year visit their physician for dizziness at an estimated cost of more than one billion dollars. These balance disorders affect people of all ages, and do not discriminate on lifestyle – 42% will seek medical care at least once in their lifetime for dizziness.


So it was that Wednesday morning for Darleen, the sun was coming through the blinds illuminating the bedroom. Super day to be in the garden or planning a picnic at the shore, but that was just a dream for Darleen as she sighs at the thought of another typical day at the office. But this day would be anything but typical.


Darleen gets out of bed but the room begins to spin. Maybe she got up too fast, but wait – hold on – the spinning won’t stop. Twirling and spinning with a sudden wave of nausea that now sweeps over her. She lies back down in bed and after a minute or two, the spinning subsides. Still, as she tries to get up again, the whole thing starts over and again it stops when she lies back down. She reaches for the phone and dials her physician. Darleen is not alone.


Doctors all say that trying to explain “dizziness” is not easy for the patient, especially in answer to the key question, “What do you mean when you say dizzy?”


Dizzyness can be caused by problems with a variety of body systems including circulation, cardiovascular, eyes, brain, and ears. Vertigo is a hallucination of motion and is frequently caused by peripheral labyrinthine (inner ear) dysfunction. Unsteadiness is a sense of ‘falling’ and may be due to problems with the ear, brain, or nerves. Lightheadedness occurs with rapid changes in position and is usually due to low blood pressure.


Vertigo can be a symptom of sinusitis infection. A sinus infection and dizziness symptoms can be treated with medication, and in the case of Darleen, it was really difficult to move around when you have both vertigo and a sinus infection. Being dizzy can inflame the sinuses. Further, sinusitis can cause inflamed tissue around the eyelids, which can cause dizziness.


For Darleen, the correct treatment was to relieve a sinus infection and as suspected, the dizziness left with it within two weeks.


If you have allergies or are prone to sinusitis as I am, and experience early morning vertigo or dizziness, there is no need to be alarmed… you are not about to have a stroke. But you will need to relieve the sinus problem, and the dizziness will solve itself.




Esther Smith, author

Sinus problems plague Smith only to the point that they come on at inconvenient times – but with the first sign of a runny nose, she is at her herbal remedies. Read more on this life-nuisance here: