Vertigo and lightheadedness: these conditions are the two most common causes of the feeling of dizziness. Migraines can also cause dizzy spells, but this is less common.

Vertigo is the feeling that you or your environment are spinning or moving. Vertigo symptoms include:


  • Tilting or spinning
  • Swaying
  • Feeling pulled in one direction
  • Feeling unbalanced


  • Feeling nauseated
  • Jerking eye movements
  • Headache
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sweating

While vertigo may be a serious medical issue if persistent, it generally does not require emergency room treatment.

Lightheadedness is the feeling that you may faint or pass out. You may also feel dizzy, but unlike vertigo, you will not feel as though you or your surroundings are in motion. Rest often remedies lightheadedness, and the dizzy spells that accompany it do not usually require a trip to the ER.

When to go to the ER for dizziness – symptoms and conditions

If your dizzy spells are persistent and concerning or you are unsure, consider these symptoms to decide if emergency care at an Aurora hospital is necessary:

  • Slurred speech
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headache/migraine
  • Vomiting
  • Neurological symptoms, including double vision or loss of vision
  • Difficulty walking

Additionally, if you are experiencing these medical conditions, seek ER treatment immediately:

  • Underlying heart disease
  • You are over the age of 50
  • You have a history of fainting associated with dizziness

Aurora emergency room care for dizziness

The Medical Center of Aurora offers close-to-home emergency care for your dizziness, lightheadedness or vertigo. Dedicated to providing the highest quality treatment, the Aurora hospital is staffed with board-certified emergency physicians and certified emergency nurses. With a Level II trauma center, stroke center and cardiac center of excellence, we can care for patients with the most serious of needs. The Medical Center of Aurora strives to beat the national average wait time, so you have quick access to high-quality emergency care.