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Vertigo can be caused by infection (such as an ear infection), movement of the otolith -- a tiny calcum particle -- from the part of the ear that senses gravity to the part that senses head position (this is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), Meniere's disease, Dandy's syndrome, or other diseases.

Lightheadedness usually is caused by something that impairs blood flow to the brain when a person is standing up. More serious causes include a stroke and heart disease.

Disequilibrium can be caused by arthritis of the neck (cervical spondylosis), Parkinson's disease, disorders involving the cerebellum in the brain, and diseases such as diabetes that affect sensation in the legs.

Dizziness in the form of anxiety is often caused by depression. It can also be due to an anxiety disorder or phobia. Various medications can also cause dizziness as a side effect.

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