If You Feel Dizzy, Get Down Right Away

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. March 19, 2016

If You Feel Dizzy, Get Down Right Away

I have a Ph.D. which stands for Doctor of Philosophy. One of my sayings that I attribute to my dad (who also had a Ph.D.) is that “I am a doctor without patients.” In other words, I have the title of doctor – but I am not a medical doctor.

I mention this because anytime that a non-medical professional offers advice related to your health, pay attention to the following caveat: Always check with your physician (“a doctor with patents”) or health care professional when it comes to any medical advice.

So I am providing this advice based on my own experience. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a medical professional.

When I fell in my home last year and my head went into the wall, I was feeling lightheaded. I was dizzy and I was starting to feel faint. I was heading for my bed, but for some reason, I decided that it was important to close my window blind even though I was feeling woozy. As I reached for the blind, I lost consciousness, fell forward into the wall resulting in a concussion and broken neck – among other things.

My doctor offered the following advice – which I share with you.

“The next time you feel dizzy or faint, Bruce, get down on your own accord before you pass out and fall down.”

Here is what I remind myself when I feel lightheaded or dizzy:

  • If I get up from a sitting position and feel faint, sit back down (immediately).
  • If I pull my feet out of bed and feel faint, lie back down (immediately).
  • If I am standing and feel faint, slowly get down to the floor and lie down. If a chair or bed is within reach (not two or three steps away), then sit or lie down (immediately)

There can be numerous reasons for feeling faint or dizzy. Any and all should be checked out with your doctor. But if you feel faint, do as I say, not as I do (or did). Get down immediately on a chair or a bed or the floor. It is better that you recline under your own control than crash uncontrollably.

After you get into a chair, onto the bed or on the floor, be sure that you feel normal before resuming any activities. If you do not feel comfortable moving, then get assistance immediately. Crawl to a phone or push the button on your personal emergency response system (PERS) button. We discuss how to select a PERS in another blog.

A lot of us feel dizzy occasionally. This condition can be acute or chronic. When you have an episode of dizziness, recognize it. Don’t ignore it. And remember to get yourself down right away under your own power. It can save your neck and your life.

Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.


Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.