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A 45-year-old member asked:

i've been having balance issues and falling a lot recently... i'm in my 70s should i be worried?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Yes: If you are falling that frequently you need to see your doctor immediately. You may have carotid disease, heart problems or arrhythmias, slow heart rate, low blood pressure--- you need to find out by good physical exam and appropriate tests.

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I have spells of all of a sudden being off balance and unable to swallow, what could cause this?

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A 36-year-old member asked:

When standing in front of the ticket counter I suddenly become dizzy and lose my balance.?

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Try changing positio: It is possible if you are standing for prolonged periods of time you may have your knees locked. Try slightly bending your knees and if possible take 5 minute breaks to walk, sit. Other causes may be low blood sugar if you skip meals or eat high carb snacks instead of balanced meals. If you are taking medication for blood pressure you may experience a drop in BP which can cause dizziness.
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What may cause me to have trouble balancing?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Various causes: From a neurological view, it could be inner ear, inflammation in the brainstem or cerebellum associated with ms, for example, but this could be due to medication rxtns, blood pressure or cardiac issues, anemia, thyroid problems, or even congenital issues. Since this could be associated with vascular or blood sugar issues also, best to start with a history and physical exam with a pcp.

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