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Headache, dizzy, loss of balance, inner ear infection? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   when i stand and started to walk i losses balance but I am not dizzy, what might be causing this?
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   hello good day to you dr
Doctor :   Do you feel weakness in the legs the same time?
User :   yes everytime i stand up i always like will fall down to my right side
User :   but regarding with losing my balance just started yesterday
User :   I also had fever 2 days prior to yesterday with temp. of 38.3
Doctor :   Have you taken any medication for the fever ?
User :   no
User :   only pain reliver because of severe right side headache
Doctor :   Ok, May I ask you now to perform a test on yourself ?
User :   and everytime i bend down my right side of my head hurts and have like pressure
User :   ok
Doctor :   Stand straight with feet together and spread your arms side
Doctor :   do it wit eyes open and once with eyes closed and explain me the experience
User :   ok
User :   for how long dr?
Doctor :   Oh sorry only for 5 seconds,
User :   with my eyes open very little but i can control it i go slightly to the right but only very little
Doctor :   and with eyes closed ?
User :   and w/ my eyes close very fast that i slide going to my right
Doctor :   Ok, did you ever had ear infections in the past ?
User :   not exactly straight right sideways more on slantting right
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok , i suspect the problem to be in the rt sided balancing organ in the ear called vestibular apparatus. DO consult a ENT specialist who can examine you and confirm the same
User :   and dr. also my right eye is a forward compared to th left
Doctor :   Is the eye the same since past or since recent ?
User :   resently and almost the same time of lossing balance when i stand
Doctor :   Ok, i do not consider that there is much relevance of the eye with the problem
User :   ok
Doctor :   need not worry, but do consult a ENT specialist soon
User :   if the inner ear really has infection will it be hurting?
Doctor :   Not if its a chronic long term infection
User :   you mean to say that an ear infection can start a long time already with no symptoms then when it becomes severe thats the time that pain can be felt?
Doctor :   yes, exactly
User :   what can cause an inner ear infection?
User :   and what can be other symptoms
Doctor :   Inner ear infection usually occurs due to bacteria from contaminated water which enters into the ear during swimming and bathing
Doctor :   other symptoms of the illness include, constant ringing sensation in the ear ( tinnitus ) , headache, recurrent fever, discharge from the ear,etc
User :   i have no discharge of what so ever no tinnitus, but both my ears sometimes very itchy
Doctor :   Ok, most of times the infection do present subclinical, Do get examined
User :   ok dr last question
Doctor :   yes, please
User :   in a normal human being how many times can the body handles a major surgery?
Doctor :   Depends on the age , built and indication for the surgery
User :   i had my 1st major surgery when i was 13- appendectomy then 3 c/s section (16, 18, 20 yrs old), then TAH (22yrs old), LSO (23 years), Lap chole (26yrs) then now for an open right kidney surgery
User :   im 28 yrs old now
Doctor :   Well I am not shocked at this if you are otherwise healthy and well built
User :   yes to my past surgeries i am very confident because i can feel that my body can still take such major surgeries but now with what i feel everyday how i always get so fatigue even w/out doing anything i fell that my body wont handle 1 more surgery
Doctor :   Do not worry , you will be in detail tested and evaluated for fitness before surgery
Doctor :   Do not worry and do not loose the strength
User :   thank you. dr. can you give me even just 1 example of test that can tell that a person cant have surgery
Doctor :   Yes, the Oxygen saturation test, chest xray, blood parameters mainly the clotting factor tests
User :   ok well thank you very much for your time & wish me luck for a sucessful surgery..:)
Doctor :   Yes, wish you good health and whole strength to go through the surgery without any hurdles
Doctor :   All the best
Doctor :   Take care
User :   to you too dr. bye
Doctor :   Bye

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