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What you are describing must have been quite terrifying, and I'm glad you were able to continue to function.
Two things that can cause this: and the first I'm less convinced of: You can have just moved your head in a way that caused the dizziness but is not something to be concerned about.
More worrisome - especially considering your age, is if you have some blockage in your carotid arteries. The arteries that provide blood to your brain.
Do you have any other medical problems or take any medications?
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Have you had your carotid arteries checked ever? (This is done by ultrasound/sonogram)?
It sounds to me like you need to have this done as soon as you can. If there is some sort of plaque buildup in your carotid artery then depending on how much blockage there is, it might need to be taken care of right away.
As I said, it is possible it was just from the way you moved your head that caused your inner ear's balance mechanism to be thrown off for a second, but I'd check it out to make sure there is not a more serious problem.
If there is plaque in your carotid arteries it can lead to a stroke.
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Here is another link. It is about balance disorder. Although you do not seem to have a balance disorder I am including this link because it explains how the inner ear controls your balance and may make you feel dizzy.
I am much more concerned that it is a problem in your carotid artery.
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