If you experience random episodes of dizziness, like when watching a movie at The Brazos Mall 14, it could be a sign of a balance disorder. Below we review everything you need to know about balance disorders, including symptoms, causes and when to get help.
Symptoms of a Balance Disorder
Common signs and symptoms of balance disorders include:
- Lightheadedness/feeling faint.
- Dizziness/vertigo (feeling as if you or the room around you is spinning).
- Poor coordination.
- Trouble staying upright in the dark.
- Veering when walking.
- Stumbling frequently/feeling unsteady on your feet.
- Sensitive to light or sound.
Causes of Balance Disorders
There are many possible causes of dizziness or balance problems. Some of the most common ones are outlined below:
- Certain medications. Many medications list dizziness as a side effect. If you’re feeling dizzy and are taking any medications, talk to your doctor about alternatives. Don’t stop taking a medication without consulting with your doctor first.
- Viral infections. Viral infections, including the common cold, can cause inflammation that affects the inner ear, where the balance system is located. While most viral infections pass on their own, some require treatment from a doctor.
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This balance disorder is caused by ear crystals becoming dislodged and moving around the inner ear, sending incorrect signals to your brain about where your body is located and how you’re moving through space. Fortunately, a series of body positions known as the Epley maneuver can cure this disorder.
- Meniere’s disease. Not much is known about this disease, but it is thought to be related to abnormal amounts of fluid in the ear. Meniere’s disease can trigger episodes of hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Meniere’s disease, though it can be managed through lifestyle changes and certain medications.
When to See a Doctor for Balance Problems
If you experience balance problems that can’t be explained by something like dehydration, you should talk to your doctor right away. While balance problems are rarely the sign of anything serious, it’s important to rule out dangerous conditions early. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a balance expert, call Lake Jackson ENT today.