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Doctor insights on: Unsteady Gait Due To Alcoholism

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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

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...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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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?

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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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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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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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

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


Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal ...Read more