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Momentary Loss Of Balance
Medications can cause balance problems, intracerebral problems may cause balance problems. Infections and metabolic issues can also cause these symptoms.
There are certain neurological diseases that are associated with balance problems (such as parkinson's).
The cerebellar portion of the brain is responsible for control of coordination. ...Read more
Infection, infarct.: Loss of balance can occur due to inner ear problems or due to specific lesions in the brain (the cerebellum). These problems can arise from viral infections or malignancies or infarcts. The best thing to do is to not attempt to self diagnose but to see your primary physician or a neurologist for further evaluation. ...Read more
Unusual: Loss of balance is a symptom not a diagnosis it could be due to a variety of conditions some relatively common such as a fall in blood pressure on rising due to low muscle tone, dehydration anemia etc to more significant problems like cerebellar disorders, drug side effects, metabolic problems such as low sugar and ear disease. ...Read more
One possibility.: The loss of balance may actually be a pre- fainting spell. As we get older the bodies ability to fight gravity is decreased. As a result the blood vessels do not contract as rapidly and if you stand quickly they will not be able to respond and push blood against gravity. This will cause a transient decrease in blood flow to the brain and make one unsteady. ...Read more
Yes, possibly.: The loss of balance may actually be a pre- fainting spell. After lying down for 2 days the bodies ability to fight gravity is decreased. As a result the blood vessels do not contract as rapidly and if you stand quickly they will not be able to respond and push blood against gravity. This will cause a transient decrease in blood flow to the brain and make one unsteady. ...Read more
Vertebrobasilar art?: Transient obscurations of vision, especially on rapid standing, can cause a bilateral dimming of vision with lightheadedness. The cerebellum is a balance control center and is located in an area of the brain near the visual cortex. A vertebrobasilar artery occlusion could cause both symptoms. A neuro-ophthalmologist can check your mri. ...Read more
Gait and balance: Problems sound significant, and you can start with your pcp. The differntial includes neurological problems of the central nervous system, benign but serious, to malignant. You will likely get a visit to a neurologst, for a formal neurological exam, before an mri, but the exam directs what to study, and if other things are first. ...Read more
Are there any psychological conditions which can cause loss of balance and motor function issues? All physical tests came back negative.
Yes, anxiety: Disorder can manifest in sensor-motor symptoms. Please make sure to get a second opinion on the physical symptoms however. Are you being treated for anxiety disorder? Chinese practices such as qigong and/or tai chi can help w/balance and stress management. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Vertigo not a balance problem: Vertigo may cause problems with the balance, but vertigo is not defined as a balance problem. Vertigo is defined as the sensation of motion where there is no motion. If you are having true vertigo then you need to consult with an ear nose and throat doctor for an evaluation and discussion of treatment options. If your problem is just balance then a neurologist may be your best starting point. ...Read more
I went on a Month long alcohol binge, and I stopped had awful withdrawals it’s day 4 and I have extremely bad vertigo and loss of balance?
Really sleepy dizziness nausea mild S.O.B loss of balance took 15 0.5mg Lorazepam pills yesterday. Cause? Urgent Care? Htn pcos anxiety
Very dangerous: The cause of your symptoms is the 15 pills you took yesterday. That is a large quantity of a class of drug (benzodiazepine) that can kill you in large doses. This is especially dangerous if mixed with alcohol. What I wonder is why you, took so many. That would be urgent to discuss with your doctor or, if you go, to urgent care or the ER? ...Read more
Many things: Sounds like an infectious disease is present. Loss of balance can occur directly through involvement of inner ear, brainstem, loss of position sense in feet, leg weakness (muscle aches, nerve injury). Indirect causes include generalized weakness, sleep deprivation, distraction (pain, upset stomach, malaise). ...Read more
Odd: Vertigo is the subjective sensation of motion in the absence thereof. I've never heard of anyone not describing that as a loss of their balance so, maybe you're not really thinking about vertigo. Please be more descriptive and we can help you more. ...Read more
Can be either.: Loss of balance can occur due to inner ear problems or due to specific lesions in the brain (the cerebellum). These problems can arise from viral infections or malignancies or infarcts. The best thing to do is to not attempt to self diagnose but to see your primary physician or a neurologist for further evaluation. ...Read more
Yes: Diuretics don't get rid of fat, they just cause you to urinate out more water, and can therefore cause dehydration. When you are dehydrated, blood volume is reduced (less water in the bloodstream), so sudden position changes can easily cause a drop in blood pressure ("orthostatic hypotension"), which can cause lightheadedness, loss of balance, and even possibly passing out. ...Read more
See a physician: Unfortunately, there are many conditions that can cause those symptoms, from very mild (like ear infections, sinus infections, etc.) to more serious. Balance and dizziness problems are often due to conditions in the inner ear, but not always. I would absolutely recommend seeing your physician. Best of luck to you! ...Read more
Too long: The acute symptoms of ramsey hunt should be over within a few weeks. What you have sounds is more a late term consequence. You should follow up with an ENT doctor and have you balance tested and then perhaps get into balance therapy. ...Read more
My son has been dizzier and gets loss of balance sometimes in morning or after a long time of sitting down. Kinda like vertigo. This a cause? Cure?
Need to be seen: The cause could be something benign like orthostatic hypotension but could also be something more serious. A very good history is important in deciding how likely it is to be serious and what other tests need to be done. An exam provides additional information and tests like echo, ekg or head imaging may need to be done. Make appointment to be seen soon. ...Read more
No: Balance is maintained with proprioception, vestibular function and vision. When eyes closed, other 2 should help maintain balance. But the above problem tells, you may have proprioception related problem. Proprioception is one's ability to know one's body in space. This is a neurology problem. ...Read more
Eyes & Balance: Please see your doctor or go to your emergency room ASAP. Several possibilities and some are serious and the sooner diagnosed the better. Peace and good health. ...Read more
What causes loss of balance and dizziness? I have had laringitis for 3 weeks not on meds of any kind
If: If the perception of movement is rotary or spinning, this is termed vertigo and is usually reflective of an inner ear problem. Given your recent history of laryngitis, I agree with dr. Fowler that this is probably viral in origin and typically self-limiting. If the vertigo is not associated with any hearing loss, this is usually from vestibular neuronitis (inflammation around the balance nerves near the brainstem). Normally, when the brain receives simultaneous and equal input from our balance organs (semicircular canals), the two signals cancel out and we don't perceive imbalance. When one of the inputs from one ear is firing at a different rate or intensity the the brain interprets the difference as asymmetry and we experience vertigo. Hope this didn't confuse you but it is a very complicated system. ...Read more
Many mechanisms: Would check for thyroid and anemia problems, but also blood pressure and cardiac events. The constellation of symptoms could be inner ear, and Meniere's might be considered. Some of this occurs in a whole variety of systemic illnesses, and even neurological disorders. Hard to pin down based upon this description, but a Concierge visit may help. ...Read more
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