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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

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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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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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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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

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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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He has early stage dementia due to chronic alcoholism, diagnosed in 2011. He is vulgar & inappropriate lately. Is this normal w/dementia?

He has early stage dementia due to chronic alcoholism, diagnosed in 2011. He is vulgar & inappropriate lately. Is this normal w/dementia?

Yes: Unfortunately with dementias one often loses the ability to stop inappropriate social behaviors including the ones mentioned. The behavior is primarily physiological in this context. Measures to help him feel safer and medications which might enhance inhibitory circuits could be tried. I am not aware of any "magic bullets" for this but I would avoid shaming or confrontations. Try singing!? ...Read more

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How does alcoholism affect my body?

How does alcoholism affect my body?

Many detriments: Medical problems from alcoholism include: depression, anxiety, suicide, liver failure, encephalopathy (brain problems), malnutrition, heart problems, ulcers, lung problems, aspiration pneumonias, esophageal problems, GI bleeding, kidney disease, bladder cancers, intestinal cancers, other cancers, bone marrow suppression, (need we go further?). ...Read more

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What diseases does alcoholism cause?

What diseases does alcoholism cause?

Alcoholism causes: chronic damage to lots of systems, the most notable are kidney and liver--those being the two systems most engaged in eliminating the toxic substances that ethanol becomes (acetaldehyde to acetic acid to acetyl-CoA.). Permanent brain damage (Korsakov's syndrome) can result from chronic exposure to ethanol and its nor-metabolites. Let the body deal with its own ethanol from natural digestion... ...Read more

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Will the intervention stop alcoholism?

Will the intervention stop alcoholism?

It helps: An "intervention" is often the first step in treating alcoholism or addiction. The most important aspect, however, is the persons own desire to do something about their "disease". An intervention typically involves a period of in-patient rehabilitation, followed by support groups(such as aa), sometimes therapy and there a host of medicines that may aid in helping one to stop drinking. ...Read more

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What can be done to stop my alcoholism ?

Agree w Dr. Pappas: If a person is going through withdrawal after stopping alcohol use – detoxification in an inpatient setting (sometimes outpatient) may be needed. Attending a rehabilitation program (in or outpatient) is optimum. Basing sobriety on Alcoholics Anonymous can be effective. Some work with an addiction medicine specialist or an addiction psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Could I take medication to beat alcoholism?

Could I take medication to beat alcoholism?

They can help: Medications can be very helpful, for some alcoholics more than others. But for full recovery from the disease they are not a magic bullet, other support is necessary such as counseling, aa and/or rehab. ...Read more

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How will my alcoholism effect my teenage son?

How will my alcoholism effect my teenage son?

In many ways: Your child may feel neglected by your drinking or embarassed by you. He may choose to follow your example and begin drinking himself. There are many self help groups for families of alcoholics that he can turn to for support. The fact that you have recognized that it may affect your child may be a good first step in getting control over your drinking. ...Read more

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Are there medications to treat/cure alcoholism?

Are there medications to treat/cure alcoholism?

Yes, there is help: Medications alone are not sufficient for achieving sobriety. One must learn to cope with life's challenges, disappointments, awkward moments, losses, victories, etc. By responding in ways that don't involve alcohol or other substances. There is a role for medications in treating alcohol dependence, especially at the beginning of a journey toward sobriety, but personal learning is necessary. ...Read more

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How do I tell if bf has trouble with alcoholism?

How do I tell if bf has trouble with alcoholism?

Observe: Perhaps one of the simplest defintions that can be readily observed by a partner is--does the persons drinking cause problems in their life and yet despite these problems do they continue to drink? ...Read more

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