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Balance Disorders

Aug 15, 2017 by Luke Ries

A balance disorder can make your loved ones feel unsteady or dizzy. This type of disorder can cause them to feel like they are spinning or floating, while they are standing, sitting or lying down. Balance disorders can cause larger issues if they are not treated properly, especially in older adults. If your loved ones has a dizzy spell while standing or walking, they could fall and get hurt.

It is important to watch for signs and symptoms of balance disorders. Sometimes they can come on gradually or all at once. Regardless, it is important to seek medical advice from your loved ones’ primary care physician if they are showing any signs of a balance disorder.

Signs and Symptoms
If your loved ones has a balance disorder, they may stagger while trying to walk, or they can fall while trying to stand up. But these are just some of the many symptoms they could experience. Others symptoms include:

  • Dizziness or vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • Falling or feeling like you are going to fall
  • Lightheadedness, faintness, or a floating sensation
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in heart rate or blood pressure

Causes and Types of Balance Disorders
There can be many causes of balance disorders, from anxiety, medications, ear infections, or head injury. Typically when the head or ears are affected it can cause balance disorders. Knowing what type of balance disorder your loved ones have can help narrow down the leading cause.

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): Creates a spinning sensation when the position of the head is changed rapidly.
  • Labyrinthitis: An infection or inflammation of the inner ear, which can also be associated with an upper respiratory infection.
  • Meniere’s disease: Causes episodes of vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus, or a feeling of fullness in the ear. It is associated with a change in fluid volume within parts of the ear.
  • Vestibular neuronitis: An inflammation of the vestibular nerve cause by a virus, and is the main cause of vertigo.
  •  Perilymph fistula: A leakage of the inner ear fluid into the middle ear, causing unsteadiness and dizziness.
  • Mal de debarquement syndrome (MdDS): Constant feeling of rocking and bobbing—typically occurs after sea travel such as cruises.

If you think your loved ones are suffering from a balance disorder, have them consult their doctor so they can start the correct treatment. The cause of their dizziness will determine the specific treatment needed to treat the symptoms.

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References
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/balance-disorders#1

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