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Conditions

Balance Problems

Balance Problems

There are a number of different balance disorders, and balance problems can often be a symptom of other conditions, so getting a diagnosis will often take a bit of investigation from a GP or audiology specialist. The four most common balance problems are: BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) where crystals move into the wrong part of the body’s balance system in the ear canals, causing dizziness and a spinning sensation. Vestibular neuritis is caused by a viral infection, and requires the brain to be ‘retaught’ to compensate for the changed balance sensation, though the success rate for this treatment is very high. Labyrinthitis is another bacterial or viral infection that causes spinning and hearing loss, whilst the least common condition is called Meniere’s disease, which requires more extensive treatment.

In addition, a number of recent studies have suggested that migraines (severe headaches) may be one of the most common causes of vertigo.

For more details about these conditions you can got to Royal Berkshire Hospital Balance Clinic website >

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Ive been suffering 7 years symptoms pressure head ears ringing in both popping in both things go quiet other times really loud if I move my head looks like things moving when I blow my nose they squeek cant balance in dark or see cant stand on the spot with eyes even open feel like going to fall clicking in jaw and neck lost 2 stone due to no app as feel awfull all time lost musscle due to beensat or lead down so legs weak my doc done nothing what can I do





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Dont leave house due to this so sad as 7 years no awnsers desperate to get life back and enjoy my family

im a 38 yr old female have suffered with balance issues for 3 years been passed from pillow topost was offered help of specalist but on nhs but my doctor wouldnt refer me saying it cost to much no one seems to care andthere are loads of sufferers in the uk and no research





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I also have bad headaches as well





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Hi am am women age 40yrs I have a ruptered ear am getting an operation soon to fix it I also feel dizzy tied and I have also had a single drop attack it happened in a shop I was on my own anyway my consultant said it has nothing to do with my ear so have done EEG that's normal and now am waiting for MRI results if they come back ok I don't know why I had a drop attack anyone else had this thanks





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I am 73 female in good health. In April 2015 I had cataract surgery in the right eye. 5 days ago I had the left eye done. The first surgery I had Halcion oral and FENTANAL IV. several hrs after tge 1st surgery I had projectile vomiting for 2 days and had not eaten.I had to go to emergancy for fluids and anti nasesa pills. The second surgery 5 days ago I did not use any drugs. Just local eye numbing. Im still slightly nauseous with little appetite. Both surgerys I could not walk with out support for several days. Im thinking it was not the drugs but has affected my equilibrium. I dont know what to do. As far as anyone else having this I cant find one person. If it will go away I can endure.





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Hi I also have balance issues. Seems position sense affected in legs. Have left leg weakness which improved with physio and get vestibular symptoms in busy places plus fatigue induced dizziness and veering off to the side. Had some vestibular therapy and balance retraining....





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Please help me i haven't been diagnosed with anything yet but my sytoms are dizzynrss feels as though i am goin to pass out tiredness feeling sick confused disorientated an i carnt lie down sit an get Comfty loud noises are horrid they go threw me if i turn my head to quick it spins it spins all the tym iam cryin cuz how I feel





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Your symptoms seem to indicate Menieres Disease and you need to ask your doctor for a referral to a Ear Nose and Throat specialist. There is a lot of support and medication and diet low in salt can help.

Ask about Labyrinthitis or Ear infections, Vestibular Migraine or even possibly BPPV, sounds more like one of those to me not Meniere's.

I have suffered from vertigo I believe for 5 weeks my gp gave me medication for vertigo they do not help the condition.i suffer from dizziness a thumping headache front of head , constantly spinning please can you suggest a treatment.





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My daughter was 17 having migraine and passed out doctor put her on sodium valporate which went on to cause toxicity in body since then she has been wheel chair bound she is only 19 and I am looking at any answers .it just happened overnight her neurologist now diagnosed find please help

I've had the worst 2 years of my life. I had 4retinal tears and a detached retina,had the surgery,I was down literally for healing for 3 months,right after that I ended up with a cold virus that knocked my balance off and haven't been normal since. It's causing me anxiety which causes the balance to be worse. I've had allergy tests done and I've been told I'm basically allergic to life. I may as well live in a bubble. My balance is awful at times. No dizziness just equilibrium off. Anyone else like this? How do you cope. Anything I can do? I also need cataract surgery and it seems to effect my vision with my balance being so bad. Thank you.





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I have been off balance since late June. Docs figured out what was going on after my ear drum ruptured in early August. After many trips to ENT's I finally had surgery to remove cholesteatoma, reconstruct ossicles, and finally repair the ear drum. It has been 3 weeks today and I am still so sick. I have developed an eating disorder as a result. I have NO appetite and am scared they missed something. My new ear is showing signs of life (stabbing pains)so I'm hoping this is a sign that something is working. Hearing severely diminished...and I don't even care about that, but being off balance has made me so sick.

Hi my name is jenny Iv been of balance for a good while now but just over the weekend i started to get a headake i still have it my left ear is so sore and today i noticed my balance is worse im just gone 21 what should i do its starting to annoy me so much

My partner (42 yrs old) has been suffering with 'episodes' of dizziness to a point where his eyes want to go one way but his body wants to go in the other. However, this is making him literally collapse, if there wasn't something in front of him to grab, he would be on the floor. He said during an 'episode' he can't see a thing and can't feel it coming on. But his heart/brain/body feel fine during an 'episode'. He saw a doctor who put it down to an ear infection (though he has no pain) and was given an antibiotic injection. However after witnessing an episode yesterday for the first time, I really don't believe it can simply be an ear infection. My partner is very scared something is seriously wrong. Does this sound like a balance disorder of some sort?





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I suffered with menieres had that many attacks the consultant I saw gave me a gentamicine injection & fitted a grommet had the grommet in just over 2 years but had to have it removed because of a few infection when I used to have attacks they were that bad I fell in the street & cut my head open had no warning could get attacks just sitting on sofa had to just lie on floor till it passed ,the sensation is of the room spinning I used to take tablets which didn't help I was violently sick & I used to go really hot asked your dr to refer u to an ENT consultant it could be labrythitis or meneieres don't put up with it also anyone that drives should stop till ur symptoms are under control good luck





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