Are your dizziness symptoms emergent? Call 911 immediately or visit an ER near you.

Emergency symptoms are good at hiding.

Robert was driving home when he began to feel a little dizzy and his eyes felt itchy. Her also noticed that his leg had started feeling a little numb. Because pollen usually irritates his sinuses, he thought his allergies were just acting up.

When Robert got home, he thought he just needed to lie down. But when Robert’s mom called, she noticed his speech was slurred and immediately came over to take him to the emergency room. By the time they arrived in the ER at Redmond, Robert had lost movement on the entire right side of his body. Three days later, he woke up in the ICU at Redmond.

From the first sign of stroke symptoms, there’s a three hour window to administer advanced treatment that can restore blood flow to the brain. Robert only had 10 minutes to spare.

The doctors initially told Robert’s family that he had a 13% chance of surviving his brainstem stroke. But thanks to the quick actions of the ER team at Redmond, Robert not only survived his stroke – he was able to participate in an aggressive therapy program on the Inpatient Rehab Unit. And, walk out of Redmond 27 days later.

Today, “can’t” is no longer in his vocabulary. He no longer takes writing his name, walking or one minute of his life for granted.

Robert is a brainstem stroke survivor.

When To Go To the ER for Dizziness

Sudden, severe or ongoing symptoms like Robert's could be a stroke in disguise.

Since strokes can be fatal, doctors recommend calling 911 when your dizziness is unmanageable or symptoms are not ones you commonly experience. The faster help arrives, the better chance for survival to prevent brain damage.

Other cues to watch for if you're feeling dizzy include:

  • Severe headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Temperature over 100.4ºF
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Pain that spreads to your arm, neck, jaw or back
  • Not being able to walk or stand up
  • Seizures
  • Speech or hearing difficulties
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Vision problems or double vision
  • Weakness in one arm or leg

It’s important to listen to your body when you think something is wrong. Redmond ER saved my life and Redmond Rehab is giving me my life back.