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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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Is there any surgical option for vestibular neuritis?





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No surgical options at present for VN. However vestibular Rehabilitation therapy is very effective for most sufferers. If you ask to be referred to a VRT therapist who can perform various tests to assess your affected side and treatment plan. The after affects of peripheral vestibular damage can last a long time, seek information on mindfulness techniques to lower stress and increase recovery speed (this really does work well and is an excellent alternative to medication). The anxiety that comes with VN is in itself a large part of the problem. There are many support groups on social media, you are NOT alone. Even famous people suffer this illness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW6KqBYYPYY

The NHS have ignored me across lines I've been to. Audiology, GP dismisses me each time and I've had a brain scan. Everyone is ignoring me and I feel very alone. I'm only 30 and was very active before this. now I live my days trying to survive.





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Have you been to see a neurologist? Sounds exactly what I'm going through! I've had CT/MRI, both came back ok? I'm constantly dizzy, fatigued, feel sick with headaches. An ENT Dr has put me on migraine medication, stating it is a vestibular migraine. Asked to be referred by your GP, you pay your National Insurance, so you have a right for treatment! Good luck! Gareth

I've had an MRI scan on the brain over a year ago and nothing was found. Went back to my doctor who told me I was just a hypercondriact due to my mums condition. What condition is does my mum have? Asked her and found out she had MS. Thanks doc, your the best. Went to see the audiology at southmead hospital and she ended up telling me about studies on Marawona and how her sons bought back a spirit which is nearly 100 proof. You couldn't make this up guys. 2 years of this and it's getting worse. Will try to explain about migraines to see if that helps. Thanks mate

One more thing. If a doctor doesn't find anything obvious which is life threat if then you're put in the "I haven't got time and don't care' bin. Don't get ill is the best advice I have. Went to ENT too after waiting 3 months to be seen. Spent 5 minutes with her and she told me this is nothing to do im with them. She didn't look at anything but in my ears as your doctor would.

Hope everyones doing well. How do you guys cope with everyday things if you don't mind me asking, when you also have a balance problem? like for me I like to get up and down the stairs whilst using a handrail for support, I carry stuff in a bag with one hand when going down the stairs whilst holding onto the handrail for another, also my balance seems to be worse when tired or when it's hot, so I tend to avoid hot weather and try to remain cool, also I avoid using escalators and lifts because of the movement affecting my balance. Anyone else has these problems? also having some physiotherapy for the left leg weakness too. I'd like to know how everyone else copes or whether or not anyone else has similar probs.





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Please find a registered physiotherapist dizziness/vertigo can be cured with a painless series of head rotational movements its important to have an experienced person to do this treatment some GPs can treat their patients but as it takes approx. 45 minutes they are not keen to offer this very effective treatment





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Please seek help from a registered physiotherapist and ask if they can perform the Canalith repositioning movement or the Epley movement.Its painless and very effective.Some GP,S are able to help but it takes approx. 45 minutes so they are probably not keen to offer this treatment.





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my poor hubby has ostioauthritus and he has suffered with balance probs and dizziness for years, he has told the gpS several times but it falls on deaf ears and the past few months i'v notest his speach is slurred when he speaks some times, if gps isnt listerning what can we do, please some one advice us on what to do next, thank you and i hope you all feel better soon X





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@ Jeanne, I'm glad to hear that I'm not alone with the veering to the left and balance problems. Like you I don't get headaches either , never heard of migraine variant balance disorder, will look that up. I hope the medication as well as the change of diet helps you and I hope you'll get some answers. . Wishing you all the best and thanks for sharing, the information has been really helpful, I'll admit I do tend to eat a fair bit of cheese so might cut back on that lol, also stopped months ago consuming any drinks with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which can cause problems too apparently.





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Hi I have a balance problem where everything is spinning even my eyes seem to see double it's been a long time since I was able to walk without help please help





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Go to an ENT. Go to a vestibular therapist. Don't suffer.

i have recently been suffering with balance problems, i am 35, i cannor walk up a steep hill without falling back and feeling like im going to topple over, also i was in the cinema and i felt like i had vertigo watching the big screen! and when i stood up to go i fell over :( i havent seen a doctor yet





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Hello everyone, I don't know if anyones in a similar situation or not but since feb 2013 I've suffered with dizziness and balance problems and I have a tendency to sometimes veer to the left, it's like I can't walk in a straight line. Also I did have pins &needles in my left foot that lasted a few weeks and sometimes have small hand tremors. Seen a neurologist, had examinations, mri and blood tests and all I'm told is that it could be an inner ear problem and apparently it all came back clear. No body seems to be helping me and I'm left baffled by all of this, I don't have any answers. Anyone else in a similar situation? btw I'm 23





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I had a similar problem and went to the hospital. I was diagnosed with vertigo. No one has really told me what I can do to prevent another episode of extreme dizziness and vomiting. I also have pins and needles in my left leg and my left arm is weak. The MRI showed no stroke. The vertigo was diagnosed in my left ear.

I too have balance problems and I also veer to the left I have had these symptons for years and doctors have failed to diagnose anything. However I have seen a neurologist today who seems convinced it is a migraine variant balance disorder (not necessarily associated with a headache, because I don't get headaches) I have some low dose medication to take and I must steer clear of all cheese, all forms of chocolate, caffeine, chinese food and anything else containing MSG, citrus fruits, pineapple and banana, freshly baked bread, marmite, eggs and finally red wine. I am also due to see a balance specialist to get some exercises to do. I hope this helps you. I am going to be optimistic that it will help me.

I had this but have few extras ask to be refers to a diffrent neurologist huni dont give up dont give in sounds stupid but i righted 2 years n got a answer in the end could b fnd search it functional neurological disorder its worth a go looking at a site huni good luck





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