Dizziness Handicap Quiz
Dizziness and related vertigo are a common reported complaint affecting 15 to 35% of adults. With a range of symptoms and causes, the dizziness handicap quiz can let you know how severe your condition is and the resultant effect on your quality of life.
Symptoms are often described ass feeling faint, unsteady, woozy or weak with disturbed or impaired spatial orientation. The diagnosis is often difficult because these symptoms are nonspecific and there is a broad range of differential diagnosis. It is often a cause of disability and inability to work.
This is a questionnaire that can be a great help in evaluating clinical status and monitoring progress of the patient. It is the most popular questionnaire used in primary care and was developed in 1990. It can assess disability grade and consists of 25 items designed to assess dizziness into three domains: Physical, emotional and functional.
A 2015 study in the Scandinavian Journal found subgroups of patients with whiplash associated disorder, whiplash associated disorder, multi-sensory, chronic peripheral vestibular disorder, unspecific dizziness, phobic postural vertigo, and dizziness of cervical origin. Phobic postural vertigo had the highest total score, while the vestibular group had the lowest one. Elderly patients have more disturbances in balance than younger patients, however, they have a lower level of self-perceived handicap.
Often, patients that show signs of dizziness have coexisting mental symptoms. Panic disorder, anxiety and depression are diagnosed with greater frequency in dizzy patients than nondizzy.
We have discusses neck related dizziness and treatment including vestibular problems. The dizziness handicap quiz can help determine the extent of the problem and monitor progress of rehabilitation and therapy. Your primary care provider is the first line in seeking help and determining cause. It may be as simple as medications you are taking and may include more than one diagnosis.
According to a 2017 Swiss Medical Weekly, some of the most common causes are:
- acute and chronic vestibular syndromes
- vestibular neuritis
- benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
- endolymphatic hydrops and Menière’s disease
- vestibular paroxysmia and vestibular migraine
- cardiac causes
- transient ischaemic attacks and strokes
- episodic ataxia type 2
- persistent postural-perceptual dizziness
- bilateral vestibulopathy
- autoimmune and neoplastic diseases
- upbeat- and downbeat nystagmus
A 2021 study in Frontiers in Neurology found in adults 60 and older with dizziness, most patients reported swaying (60.6%) and feeling of unsteadiness (59.8%). The most frequent dizziness associated symptoms were tinnitus, visual problems, and nausea/vomiting. Visual disturbances, headache, and hearing impairment were associated with higher handicap scores.