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    This will sound like a bizarre problem but when I blew my nose pretty hard I felt really dizzy almost to the point of collapsing, after laying down for about 15, 20 minutes it subsided but never had that before. Any idea what may have caused this? (Obviously if it happens again I will be going to the GP)
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    (Original post by Rock Fan)
    This will sound like a bizarre problem but when I blew my nose pretty hard I felt really dizzy almost to the point of collapsing, after laying down for about 15, 20 minutes it subsided but never had that before. Any idea what may have caused this? (Obviously if it happens again I will be going to the GP)
    The ear-popping thing from blowing a nose too hard is sometimes called self-politzerization. Usually, this results in a temporary 'popped' sensation and, rarely, damage to the eardrum.

    Never heard of this kind of effect, though. It seems there's obviously a connection here between the ear-popping-by-nose-blowing and the vestibular system in the ears, which mediates balance and, hence, could result in this severe dizziness if suddenly damaged.

    It might've just been a one-off/minor thing, like regular self-politzerization or orthostatic hypotension etc. But, if it happens again, you might've damaged your vestibular system somehow and, like you said, should go get it checked out.
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    It's like when you pinch your nose and then try to blow out of your nose - your ears pop, and if you do it hard enough, you go dizzy. I think it might be something to do with a pressure build up as you're trying to blow out but are blocking the air from escaping? I wouldn't worry about it too much - just if you start going dizzy at any other time

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    (Original post by sjgriffiths)
    The ear-popping thing from blowing a nose too hard is sometimes called self-politzerization. Usually, this results in a temporary 'popped' sensation and, rarely, damage to the eardrum.

    Never heard of this kind of effect, though. It seems there's obviously a connection here between the ear-popping-by-nose-blowing and the vestibular system in the ears, which mediates balance and, hence, could result in this severe dizziness if suddenly damaged.

    It might've just been a one-off/minor thing, like regular self-politzerization or orthostatic hypotension etc. But, if it happens again, you might've damaged your vestibular system somehow and, like you said, should go get it checked out.
    That makes a bit more sense when you mentioned balance, but it was just strange, I never had that before.
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    (Original post by boods8897)
    It's like when you pinch your nose and then try to blow out of your nose - your ears pop, and if you do it hard enough, you go dizzy. I think it might be something to do with a pressure build up as you're trying to blow out but are blocking the air from escaping? I wouldn't worry about it too much - just if you start going dizzy at any other time as well

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    (Original post by boods8897)
    It's like when you pinch your nose and then try to blow out of your nose - your ears pop, and if you do it hard enough, you go dizzy. I think it might be something to do with a pressure build up as you're trying to blow out but are blocking the air from escaping? I wouldn't worry about it too much - just if you start going dizzy at any other time

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    I'll try not to worry, was a bit scary at the time.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasovagal_response
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    Blowing your nose hard essentially is a bit like performing the valsalva maneuvre - i.e. it stimulates the vagus nerve, which can lead to 'vasovagal syncope', which is a posh word for fainting.

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    That happen to me as well as I blew my nose and suddenly I felt really dizzy and nearly calapsed
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    I get this sometimes. I think it's fairly normal.

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    Increases the pressure inside your chest, which impedes blood coming back to your heart, so you have less to pump out. So for a bit, your brain doesn't get enough blood flow. Should only last a few seconds though


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