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Can Dementia Cause Dizziness
Sort of: There are many causes of dementia, including some we don't normally think of, such as vitamin deficiency, stroke, or brain tumor. Some of these diseases can cause dizziness in addition to dementia. More typically, dizziness does not accompany dementia. Dizziness can be a separate problem from dementia, or might help pinpoint an underlying cause for both. ...Read more
Is vertigo or dementia a possible cause of my not being able to hear out of my left ear? I can't hear out of my right ear as if I were descending on a flight to land but my ear never pops so the hearing hasn't come back
Hello. You may have some dysfunction of your eustacian tube (that tube that connects the inside of the ear with the throat). This could be causing the sense of pressure in your ear and the reduction in hearing. Vertigo is more like a sense that things are spinning around you - or sometimes that things seem tilted. There is a disease in which a person can have episodes of vertigo with intermittent hearing loss.
You might want to try an oral decongestant. Afrin nasal spray can be helpful but must not be overused. It should not be used more than twice a day for 3 to 5 days (it only works for me for about 48 hours).
As for dementia, I don't see how that would fit in with ear pressure with decreased hearing. Hope this resolves quickly. If the problem becomes worse or is not resolving, get in touch with your doctor. ...Read more
No: Dementia is usually differentiated into two types: vascular type, and non-vascular type. Vascular dementia is due to disruption in the vascular supply causing degeneration of neurons. Non-vascular dementia, such as Alzheimer's dementia, Lewy body dementia are cause by mechanisms involve amyloid plaque depositions and neurofibrillary tangles, and accumulation of Lewy body in the neuron. ...Read more
Ears drugs migraine: Infection or dysfunction of the ear can cause a for of vertigo and dizziness which can be severe. Medications and drugs will often have side effect of dizziness. One of the more common symptoms of migraine headaches is dizziness and nausea. Meniere's disease affects the inner ear, and Dilantin toxicity affects the cerebellum and brainstem. Ear infections can cause severe dizziness. ...Read more
Wow: It is so uncommon I guess I would say dementia from alcohol and drug abuse, vascular origin and maybe post traumatic would be most common in that age group. You can go way out and say perhaps some severe metabolic disorders like hypothyroidism might be a cause... But all these are really really uncommon. ...Read more
Many causes: Vertigo is a sensation of you or your environment spinning. This implies dysfunction in the balance system, from brainstem to inner ear. Obviously many causes including toxins, drugs, infection, brain injury, stroke, tumor, irritating blood vessels, congenital anomalies & many, many more. Dizziness is a vague, ill-defined term which has therefor a much broader range of possible causes. ...Read more
Maybe: Dizziness is a very ambiguous and subjective word that can mean many things. Nystagmus is an objective finding. That means, a good doc can examine a patient and determine if they have nystagmus. It means the eyes are rhythmically moving in a particular direction. The direction and speed can be useful in making a diagnosis. Not all dizziness results in nystagmus as nystagmus usually means inner ear. ...Read more
In the extreme: Hi. You should be being treated with calcitriol and calcium for your hypoparathyroidism. If you don't take your calcium & calcitriol, your calcium can get very low, and if very low, dizziness can ensue. Be safe, treat your hypocalcemia. I recommend you run your calcium at or just below the lower limit of the normal range, so you don't have too high urinary calcium and risk kidney stones. Good luck ...Read more
Need more informatn: First of all, are you dizzy/lightheaded, like you could faint, or do you have vertigo, like the room is spinning around you. The first is usually caused by low blood pressure from dehydration, BP meds, a heart problem, etc. The second is often caused by a problem with the balance center located in your middle ear, from allergies, a cold, or a virus that directly affects the vestibular apparatus. ...Read more
Vascular dementia: There are various types of dementia, in addition to Alzheimer's. Vascular dementia can be the result of strokes or reduced blood flow through the brain. Progressive Arteriosclerosis will restrict blood through the brain and result in dementia. Many believe that vascular dementia is under diagnosed. See your doctor for treatment to deal with this condition. ...Read more
Low blood sugar: You must be very aware of metabolic/electrolyte problems. Low blood sugar is a very common cause of shaky/dizzy feelings. You also need to be on the lookout for signs of bleeding, such as in your stool, as a low blood count can leaving you feeling the same way. You should see your doctor and have vital signs/blood tests taken. ...Read more
Many things: Most common would be migraine. Next would be ear and sinus infection. Bad would include brain tumor and meningitis. Medication and drug toxicity and too much alcohol can cause this. Head trauma, stress, emotional stress, lack of sleep can all result in these symptoms. Get a thorough evaluation! ...Read more
Commonly: When the brain is deprived of enough glucose, such as in hypoglycemia, a person gets dizzy and can even lose consciousness if blood sugar is low enough. It is a symptom which should prompt blood sugar testing to verify if indeed the cause of dizziness is from low blood sugar because so many other things can also cause dizziness. ...Read more
See below: Make sure that dizziness is due to ms and not inner ear process. First step is prevention, use potent agent to control disorder. Vestibular rehab program with physical therapist can help. Some meds can control symptoms. Realize that ms pts have a higher frequency of migraine, and that a migraine complication of paroxysmal vertigo may be playing a role here. Consider visit to sw medical center. ...Read more
Lots of things!: Sorting out the significance of those symptoms depends on accompanied circumstances (precipitating events, duration, palpitations), objective findings (abnormal cardiac or neurologic exam), age (younger, older), etc. Often these may be relatively benign (if younger patient and not objective abnormalities), but may also be a harbinger of more serious underlying conditions. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
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