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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Unsteady Gait

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What is an unsteady gait? What causes it?

What is an unsteady gait? What causes it?

Examples: Most commonly an unsteady gait is due to alcohol intoxication or recreational or medical drug use. Virtually any disease or trauma to head and/or neck can make gait unstable. When this occurs due to brain or inner ear problem, balance is off and you can fall. ...Read more

Gait (Definition)

Gait is the way locomotion is achieved using our limbs. Gait is defined as "bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of human body, in which there is alternate movements of different segments of the body" . Different gaits are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, ...Read more


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Do symptoms like unsteady gait go away quickly?

Do symptoms like unsteady gait go away quickly?

It depend: We have different reason for unsteady gait, it depend on the reason it may go away quickly or take long time or stay forever. ...Read more

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About once a month, I get unsteady gait. Is that ok or bad?

It depend what: It depend what the cause of that it is not normal, please check it out. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get unsteady gait off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get unsteady gait off and on?

See below: A normal gait is a very complex and fluid set of movements. The arms move synchronously with the opposite leg, the ankles nearly touch, and the heel strikes first. A normal gait requires the integration of the following systems: visual, vestibular, auditory, cerebellar, basal ganglia, sensory, and muscular. An abnormality in any one of the systems can cause a problem with gait and can lead to fall. ...Read more

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Unsteady gait and prolonged light periods?

Unsteady gait and prolonged light periods?

Early ovarian: failure can lead to irregular menstruation. Any illness frankly can cause you to have irregular periods and unsteady gait. Check your nutrition, then make sure you don't have an infection such as vaginitis or sinusitis. Then check a pregnancy test. If negative, proceed to your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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What can I use for grandma's unsteady gait if she doesn't have a doctor yet?

It is very hard to: We have to know why she is having unsteady gait. We can’t advise something without some facts, maybe she could use walker in the meanwhile tell see the doctor. ...Read more

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Need advice on 5mm prominent structure on mri. Possible jugular bulb. All prior mris have been ok. Symptoms, facial differences and unsteady gait.

Need advice on 5mm prominent structure on mri. Possible jugular bulb. All prior mris have been ok.  Symptoms, facial differences and unsteady gait.

Neuroradiologist: Make sure the study was read by a neuroradiologist. If the radiologist who read it has group associates with neuroradiology training they will usually be happy to provide a second look at your study without cost. ...Read more

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My neurologist said tremors, speaking issues and unsteady gait were due to nerves in my brain. Is there a medical term for this?

My neurologist said tremors, speaking issues and unsteady gait were due to nerves in my brain. Is there a medical term for this?

Parkinsons?: One of the more common types of this issue is parkinson's, but you should ask your doctor what the exact diagnosis is. ...Read more

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Will an MRI without contrast show the beginning signs of MS? Symptoms: slurred speech, memory problems, unsteady gait, confusion, etc.

Will an MRI without contrast show the beginning signs of MS?
Symptoms: slurred speech, memory problems, unsteady gait, confusion, etc.

Complex question: There are 3 types of MRI used to diagnose MS: T1-weighted, T-2 weighted, and FLAIR. No single test is used to diagnose MS, generally a combination of tests over time is needed to get a definitive diagnosis. You need to consult a neurologist experienced with MS and let him or her guide you. Do you have a family history of this disease? Although chronic, progression can be very slow. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have unsteady gait for the past 10 months. Mri brain and neck discovered growth within the pineal region. Myoclonic jerks during sleep?

I have unsteady gait for the past 10 months.  Mri brain and neck discovered growth within the pineal region. Myoclonic jerks during sleep?

Your treating : Physician would be the best person to answer any concerns you have and what treatment options ate available for you since he would have all the lab results , diagnostic studies on hand. Good luck! ...Read more

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38 yo male, history epilepsy (med controlled), closed tbi (12/2011). Slurred speech, hand tremor, unsteady gait, confused, lethargic, normal pupils.

38 yo male, history epilepsy (med controlled), closed tbi (12/2011). Slurred speech, hand tremor, unsteady gait, confused, lethargic, normal pupils.

Timeline?: Your description does not state if all of these changes represent a change from the baseline, are new or chronic. If they are new then i would recommend going to your closest emergency room right away, if they are chronic and old then i would discuss this with your doctor as they could be consistent with traumatic brain injury. ...Read more

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53 forgetful unsteady gait and shakes . TSH levels r slightly high and all cholesterol levels r high vit B /D low, CT showed atropy white matter chg?

53  forgetful unsteady gait and shakes .  TSH levels r slightly high and all cholesterol levels r high vit B /D low, CT showed atropy white matter chg?

B12: Needs to be maintained above 550 for at least 6 months before one would expect to see any recovery from the sensory ataxia (balance issues) I recommend use of methcyanocobalmine or sublingual B12. Memory problems take a while to recover as well. low Vit D is thought to cause dementia as will hypothyroidism www.healthtap.com/drericweisman ...Read more

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What are the causes of unsteadiness of the hands 2 suggested treatment 3 can i see a Neurologist?

What are the causes of unsteadiness of the hands 2 suggested treatment 3 can i see a Neurologist?

Challenge: Shaking could be Parkinson's, essential senile tremor, cerebellar tremor from a stroke, hyperthyroidism, etc. Treatment is of course based upon cause. A neurologist could very well help, and perhaps an online Concierge visit could expedite. ...Read more

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What can cause my head to hurt, nausea, unsteadiness, foggy vision, and anxiety?

What can cause my head to hurt, nausea, unsteadiness, foggy vision,  and anxiety?

Get Evaluated: Whatever you mentioned can be signs of many things. Call your primary care doctor to get evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is ear or brain the cause of mild dizziness, like standing on a gentle rocking boat? Doesn't affect my speech or walking other than mild unsteadiness

Is ear or brain the cause of mild dizziness, like standing on a gentle rocking boat? Doesn't affect my speech or walking other than mild unsteadiness

Either: Your symptoms can be caused either by an inner ear problem or a problem with the balance centers in your brain. You should be evaluated by a physician to help differentiate the two causes. Although at your age it is more likely to be an inner ear problem such as a meniere's disease, or viral infection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Unsteadiness?

What is the definition or description of: Unsteadiness?

Unsteadiness: Unsteadiness = liable to fall- may be a symptom of a balance disorder. ...Read more

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Is there an effective cure for unsteadiness and weakness with age?

Is there an effective cure for unsteadiness and weakness with age?

Exercise: Muscle cells are replaced by fat as we age & nerve pathways that aren't being stimulated die out. Make sure that the weakness is not being caused by other conditions, however. It's too easy to say, "you're just getting old." conditions that affect muscles, nerves, and energy can be obstacles. See "strong women stay young" (book) and "23 and1/2 hours" (http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=auains6higo). ...Read more

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