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What causes dizziness and loss of balance while walking?

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Posted on Mon, 25 Jul 2016
Question: I am dizzy and losing my balance when I walk
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
different possible causes

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Dizziness (feeling lightheaded) may occur with vertigo (feeling of environmental movement/swaying or feel as though you are moving/swaying/losing balance).

Most common causes relate to the inner ear, though other causes would need to be ruled out.
Inner ear causes are BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), meniere's disease and vestibular neuronitis.
None of these are life threatening but the vertigo can make a person very uncomfortable.

Your doctor would need to assess you to determine if any of these are present.

Other less common causes would be migraine, some types of stroke, arrhymthmia (abnormal heart rate/rhythm which then affects blood supply to brain) , dehydration with abnormal electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium).

To find out the cause your doctor will find out if you have any- (A)ringing or other abnormal sounds in the ear,
(B)headache,
(C) hearing loss,
(D)if the dizziness is worse with certain head positions
(E)any palpitations
(F)any change in fluid intake, vomiting, diarrhea, fever
(G)any other relevant symptoms

He or she would need to listen to the heart, check pulse rhythm, ears, nervous system examination

Treatment would depend on the cause found

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions





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What causes dizziness and loss of balance while walking?

Brief Answer: different possible causes Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Dizziness (feeling lightheaded) may occur with vertigo (feeling of environmental movement/swaying or feel as though you are moving/swaying/losing balance). Most common causes relate to the inner ear, though other causes would need to be ruled out. Inner ear causes are BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), meniere's disease and vestibular neuronitis. None of these are life threatening but the vertigo can make a person very uncomfortable. Your doctor would need to assess you to determine if any of these are present. Other less common causes would be migraine, some types of stroke, arrhymthmia (abnormal heart rate/rhythm which then affects blood supply to brain) , dehydration with abnormal electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium). To find out the cause your doctor will find out if you have any- (A)ringing or other abnormal sounds in the ear, (B)headache, (C) hearing loss, (D)if the dizziness is worse with certain head positions (E)any palpitations (F)any change in fluid intake, vomiting, diarrhea, fever (G)any other relevant symptoms He or she would need to listen to the heart, check pulse rhythm, ears, nervous system examination Treatment would depend on the cause found I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions