Feeling Dizzy When Standing Up

What Causes Dizziness When Standing Up?

Dizziness when standing up can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose dizziness when standing up, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "dizziness when standing up" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Stress
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Carcinoid Cancer
  • Hypotension
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Salt Need
  • Dehydration

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
refined white flour consumption
increased emotional instability
paying great attention to detail
high platelet count
regular postprandial somnolence
difficulty losing weight
recent job/career changes
moderate alcohol consumption
dark urine color
having trouble concentrating
swollen cervical nodes
cloudy urine
... and more than 130 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of dizziness when standing up:
Cause Probability Status
Hypoglycemia 90% Confirm
Dehydration 16% Unlikely
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 12% Unlikely
Stress 1% Ruled out
Carcinoid Cancer 1% Ruled out
Mitral Valve Prolapse 1% Ruled out
Salt Need 0% Ruled out
Hypotension 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the General Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about feeling dizzy when standing up:
Do you ever feel dizzy / faint / lightheaded when standing up or sitting up suddenly?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Never / very rarely
→ Occasionally - several times per year
→ Often - several times per month
→ Always or almost always
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either no dizziness when standing up or dizziness when standing up, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers

Patients with a bleeding ulcer may report a sense of passing out upon standing called orthostatic syncope.

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