WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.

Embarrassing Bodies: Live..., 11:05pm Thursday 17th April 2014 on Channel 4. Catch up for free on 4oD »

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 >

Comments and Questions

You can share your experiences and thoughts with other Embarrassing Bodies site-users below. Comments & Questions are reviewed by moderators, but if you see anything on the site that worries you, please report it and one of our moderators will look at it as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

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





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

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





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

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





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

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.

iv had out of balance for 4 years I wish someone would tell me why all I get is your blood sugar is to high I think they have given up on me im to old to be bothered with if any one has had this out of balance and it has gone away when there blood sugar has gone down please tell me .gary





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

@Jeanne, Sounds like you're experiencing similar symptoms to mine, my mri came back negative and I have a weak left leg, where I had the pins and needles too, that's good that it shows that you've had no stroke, hopefully one day we'll get answers, have you been offered any physio? if not then have you tried getting a second opinion? how long may I ask that you've suffered with this? I've been like this for over a year now

I woke with swimming like vertigo aug 2010 which in turn started to affect my balance. I feel now like I am on a boat 24/7 my c1 is always out and I get a band like pressure in the bag of my head. Since aug 2010 I had a couple of mild vertigo attacks but woke aug2011 with spinning vertigo which lasted a whole day. I have seen numerous specialists chiros osteos naturopaths etc to no avail. I had never been diagnosed with anything but there was speculation I had mdds and maybe had a virus. Then in nov 2013 I woke with swimming vertigo again this time it was bppv the others it wasn't. I have tried migraine meds but they did not help. When my c1 is not painful I'm a little better but my rocking swaying etc is always there. I'm really bad at moment since vertigo attack in nov. it's tiring and I feel I spend thousands and I'm still no better.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I had this and saw a specialist who said it was vertigo migraine. I had a series of vestibular exercises to do and was prescribed propranolol (which is primarily a blood pressure medication but a side effect is in preventing the attacks of vertigo) which works most of the time and I can at least enjoy a normal life without the sickness related the the spinning. Go see a specialist in ear probs

I have the same problems and it sound more like labyrinthitis not vertigo the medication for your illness needed is called prochlorperazine tablets form or if you feel dizzy etc best going to hospital for a prochlorperazine injection which is placed above the bum/upper thigh my labyrinthitis last up to 3 days but settle down better with the injection. Hope this will help you get better soon.

I had dizzy spells/balance problems for more than 3 months. Dr sent me to a breathing clinic. It worked. Sounds stupid but due to continual stress I had got into the habit of breathing from my reserve tank (for want of a better expression). Concentrated on breathing from lower - instead of sucking in tummy & inhaling high in my chest - plus took a week off to relax - & all good. Sometimes there's a simple remedy! xox





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I got vertigo attacks lasting for a few seconds for every 2/3 days over a period of a week. Then when I was jogging one day, I suddenly got a sense of vertigo( I thought I was having a seizure ), I had to walk home! The vertigo lasted for over two days then, for about two weeks I felt like I was slightly intoxicated ; when I went to see the Doctor I was told it was probably BPPV ! This was wrong because, the Epley Manoeuvre made no difference. I was on the Internet doing a check on the symptoms and I thought I might have Vestibular Neuritis however, the ENT Surgeon who tested my hearing and responses to some eye tests said that I showed no sign of Nystagmus and that I probably had a viral infection . I am having an MRI scan next week! I hope his diagnosis is correct . I will soon find out.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hi I have the joint pains also as well as constant balance problems. I have transverse myelitis and do not know if that is is the reason?

Hi I have the joint pains also as well as constant balance problems. I have transverse myelitis and do not know if that is is the reason?

I feel tired, joint pains and balance disorder. Is over 3yrs I started feel it. Please which specialist to see? Help me i can't take it anymore.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Have you been to an ENT, who can refer you to other specialists? Have you been to a GOOD neurologist? Keep looking, don't stop until someone can help you? Can you travel to the Mayo Clinic?

I inherited a sensitivity to vertigo. My father and I, at random times, will get so severely dizzy, we will wake up with a heavy feeling head, the world will be spinning in front of our eyes, our head will feel full of pressure, and we'll get severely nauseous that we'll be unable to sit up, get out of bed, or even walk. It usually takes a week or more to go away. I've only had one HUGE attack like that. The rest of the time, it's either dizziness, or light headedness or just a pressure headache. When I did have my bad attack, I went to the E.R and this doctor had me do a trick where I laid down, he held my head and I turned my body in the opposite direction. He said I have inner ear problems. So, I sit up while I lay down to sleep or I'll wake up dizzy.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I have been dealing with right side head pressure since a sinus infection a week before it started. It's been 2 months now with no relief. I've mri scans, ct scans, blood tests, and a nerve conduction test for hip and neck. All these were clear, with the exception of low vitamin d. Nothing seems to aleviate the pressure. I can not find a point of origin on my skull that would tell me if it's a muscle or a nerve. Steriods do nothing, and pain medicines do very little. But it effects my balance, my day to day attivities and it drives me absolutely up the wall as it is daily , constant, and never ending. Have you heard anything of the like. I live in America, but with youtube I am an avid show follower. I just don't know what it could be.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I'm sorry we have to deal with this problem I go for test next week but with god we will make it





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.



Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It looks like no one else has asked this question, so please fill in the rest of your details below.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.



Please don't swear or be rude in your questions, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting questions. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines


Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here


Be On Embarrassing Bodies

The clinic is opening again for a new series.
Apply for Embarrassing Bodies >