In old age muscles are weaker, spines start to twist, bones may become brittle. Add vascular problems, vision loss
, and a sedentary lifestyle, and it’s no wonder that complaints of vertigo
affect some 70% of individuals age 65 or older. About vertigo, you tend to think of an inner ear
disturbance. But it can be many things in the elderly from loss of function from a viral infection to dislodged crystals in the ear. While dizziness or disequilibrium has many causes, the most common is vascular or central nervous system
maladies not usually seen in younger patients. It might be an infection.
If the patient also has limb weakness or slurred speech, stroke is a real possibility. Or the problem may be related to medication causing depressed blood pressure to the brain. If a sensation of spinning is involved, it might be benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), the most common cause of vertigo in the elderly. Need complete examination by MRI brain, vestibule function estimation, cardiac function estimation, Holter monitoring of blood pressure, sugar levels, vitamin B12
level, muscle strength, bone scan etcetera. Please consult your neuro-physician he will examine and treat you accordingly.
Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Dr. Penchila Prasad Kandikattu