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Loss of Balance

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 26, 2007
  • 02:19 AM

I get lightheaded while standing in one place and feel like I am going to fall. I went to the general physician and the doctor ran blood tests, metabolic panel, lipid panel, glucose and thyroid. The tests came out normal. The cholesterol test showed that triglycerides were high (347). The doctor prescribed Niaspan and Aspirin. My symptoms did not go away. When I went back to the doctor, I was sent to see a Neurologist. The Neurologist did a few physical tests and said that it was not a neurological condition. Then the next step was to get a brain MRI. MRI came out normal. I have had my eyes checked also. The doctor some how did not send me to the ENT specialist.

While I feel lightheaded, I feel fatigued and sometimes panic or lean on something stable if nearby. The fear that loss of balance may happen at any time while walking is annoying.

Any comments/ideas as to what may be causing this?

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  • you don't mention your age or how long you are standing when this happens but check into neurally mediated hypotension. It happens to adolescents and young adults after standing for a period of time. Miscommunication between brain and heart.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
    • 05:19 PM
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  • Thanks for your reply. I came across this website and just wrote whatever I could think of at that time. I am 46 years old, 175 lbs and have been healthy until these symptoms started happenning in August 2006. First time, it was after taking a walk during the lunch break. I felt a loss of balance and I started panicking. My bp during the panic was 160/100 and my pulse rate was 110. Then I went to the doctor that pm and had the blood tests done. The doctor after looking at these and other tests started saying that it could be psychological. However, the symptoms have continued. I did look at your suggestion that it could be NMH on various websites. The symptoms are similar to what they describe there. My normal bp is 110/70 and pulse is around 70. Recently my resting bp values have been fluctuating a lot, anywhere from 95/65 to 130/80. My latest blood test shows hdl is 29, ldl is 88, and triglycrides are 291.The doctor has not ordered the tilt test. These loss of balance symptoms come and go and I am not able to figure what is causing it. The symptoms had slowly reduced in frequency(from once every 10 minutes to once a day late in evening). Now it has come back again to once around ten minutes. Standing for about 5 minutes, makes me lean forward and feel like falling, but when I am walking I feel fine most of the time.Thanks for help and I will talk to the doctor about testing for NMH.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 00:22 AM
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  • The ENT would run a series of test on you to determine if you have an inner ear problem. I have chronic inner ear problem that can be brought on at any time....sometimes its just from fumes of perfume or house cleaning chemicals. I would start with the ENT next. I can stand in one place and close my eyes and feel myself falling over to one side. Also, as for the BP readings....anytime you have a sudden drop ..or rise in your BP you can have the dizziness also. My heart rate usually runs in the low 50s but also I have what is called systolic hypertension..where only the top number may jump up. Good Luck
    agypsygrl 79 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 01:57 AM
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  • Thanks for your reply. Hope the doctors find the cause of this problem. Has the doctor prescribed any medicines or exercises to improve your balance.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 05:52 AM
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  • I had that about 10 years ago. It was a viral infection in the inner ear. Go to an ENT and get a test there. If it is that it will clear in about(brace yourself) 3 weeks... sigh. It was horrid when i had it I would go down the hall and it would begin to rotate and on my knees or to a counter I would go. Good luck and I hope that is what it is. Not dangerous, just like the flu but lasts much longer.
    jackrorabbit 113 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 06:03 AM
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  • My mother has had a balance problem all her life. She walks like she is drunk. She has a benign brain tumor on the outside of her brain a little bit behind her eye. But she was told this is not what is causing her balance issue. Another neurologist told her it is probably genetic and that she could have a lot of testing done but probably wouldnt be a cure.
    fluffyv 38 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 02:51 AM
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  • I totally agree with the person saying get your inner ear checked. I actually jsut went through the exact same thing for about 3 weeks. I went to various doctors and was told it was dehydration because I kept throwing up, they ran some test, everything showed up fine. Finally I went to another doctor, he talked to me for a bit and told me sounded like a small inner ear infection. Got a shot and felt better within a week. I know what the dizziness is like though -- it really can be maddening! Just don't panic, you'll be fine! Hope you get better soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 04:10 AM
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  • I have had light headedness before. I use to pass out all the time as a little girl and it went dormant for years. Now as an adult, the past few years I started getting it again. It was Vertigo. There is a medication for the dizziness, mecledzine (sp?) I didn't find it to help any. The doctors only found out if you are having a spell and they can watch your eyes. All my test came back normal. I hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 06:58 PM
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  • Find an acupuncturist, chiropractor, or physical therapist to help with this. Vertigo is very easily treated with the above practitioners. Please consider this as an option, but I also recommend an ENT. My only problem with the meds is they don't usually help in my limited experience. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
    • 00:59 AM
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  • For the medicine I just go to the drug store now and buy Travel Sickness medicine.....over the counter.....its the same as meclazine. It helps some with any nausea but I have found that if brought on by fumes I just have to let it run its course. My ENT doesn't like to give me the shot for it because its a type steroid and may run my bp up.
    agypsygrl 79 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
    • 01:11 AM
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  • dear gypsy...please go to www.ahummingbirdsguide.com there you will find info on M.E. Hundreds are responding with posts saying they have "it" too...it seems far fetched but there are way too many coincidences here...I'm here if you have questions...just trying to help...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
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  • I just read something in the book called "The Brain That Changes Itself" (Norman Doidge, MD). It sites a woman with profound loss of balance due to a vestibular dysfunction due to the extensive use of Gentomycin... you might want to look it up. I've recently had a couple of episodes that have led me to this site. Good luck to you.CP in Chicago
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