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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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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

Hi All, hope everyone's doing ok. Still suffering with balance issues, not veering to the left so much but still my balance feels off and walking still isn't 110percent , get the odd dizzy spell and a weak left leg, also experienced a bit of twitching of the limb at night, my physio coming to an end at the hospital and I might have to go back to my gp, nothing can be done because of mri coming back clear, the heat atm doesn't help. Feeling a bit lost and baffled from it all, sounds like I'm not the only one that's been let down by the NHS, I had to wait months for a scan and got one appointment cancelled and I wished my physio continued.I hope everyone gets answers and keep on at your gp, nobody should be ignored or suffer alone.





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Hi I hope you can help me. Sometimes I feel spaced out and a rapid loss of memory. I have had 11 lots of blood taken and they all came back all clear. I also sent a urine sample away and that was clear too. I spoke to my aunty and she has the same symptoms and has had them for 4 years now. When I feel out of it if someone asks me to get them something then I sit and stare and try process what they said but I can't. When I have these episodes I lose my appetite and don't understand people very well. When I do get the episodes I feel really dizzy like being extremely drunk but I don't stumble or fall at all. I hope you can help me.





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I have had ear problems now for over 2years ,first it was dry exma in my ear! Then it went to infections , an in the last 12 months its been unbearable when I put drops in the ear after 2-3 days its blocked it doesn't drain,been getting worse I have recently had a MRI which shows all clear ,had balance tests which made me so I'll but they thought it was loose crystals but the hospital disagreed as was not concistant. I am now in so much pain that my ear feels like its going to burst, headakes are hurendas as times also I have now developed pain from my ear drum going down to my color bone, am burning up as so very dizzy, I have had 2 different antibiotics in the last 3 wks an no relief z my doc is now sending me to have another MRI but this one dose more indept in the ear part? And I have apt to nurolage end sep. But I have just read a storey of a girl with similar symptoms but she past away when autopsy was done it turned out to be a virus in the inner ear which had caused an infection/abses in her brain and cost her her life as it wasn't seen! Ialso feel like no one is listening to me but where do you go when your in so much pain an so dizzy with no real help from the drs or hospital. Many thanks for reading my rant.:-(





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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.

I had this problem for 8 years, I'm only 36 and I was afraid to go out in case I'll be cought by terrible vertigo. I had so many scans, tests....done, but no one could find the problem. I've google'd the symptoms and found that it could be something to do with my spinal arteries, which were compressed. I had an operation few weeks ago and all the symptoms disappeared. Couldn't be happier. I never had my head so clear.

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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Ur best bet is get ur dr to refer u to an ENT specialist one year I had 10 attacks of vertigo which my dr said was menieres if u look online it will give u the symptoms the year after I had 10 attacks I had 24 they were that debilitating I was frightened to go out tried the different tablets eg betahistine , stematil, amongst others in the end I had a gentamicin injection & grommet fitted that seemed to work for nearly 3 years now touch wood I haven't had any bad attacks recently had to have grommet removed as got a few infections in my ear weren't sure if caused by shampoo or water or hearing aid but would highly recommend a grommet good luck

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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Could you tell me age of patient

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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