For patients suffering from balance disorders normal daily activities can be a challenge as feelings of dizziness or unsteadiness are their constant companions. Sitting, standing, even laying down is often accompanied by feelings of floating, spinning, or general movement, even something as simple as walking can leave them feeling as though they’re tipping over. Balance disorders aren’t just momentary feelings of dizziness, but instead are a constant companion related to medications or health conditions such as those that affect the inner ear or brain. These conditions are regularly treated by Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin at the Khavkin Clinic in Las Vegas, NV.
How Do I Know If I Might Have A Balance Disorder?
To begin with, don’t panic if you have a momentary feeling of dizziness. Research shows that many people, 4 out of 10 in fact, will have an experience with dizziness at some point in their lives that’s severe enough to send them to the doctor. Almost everyone will experience a brief period of dizziness in their lives, it’s only when this experience becomes consistent and frequent that a doctor needs to be consulted.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may want to speak to your doctor about balance disorders:
- Frequent sensations of vertigo, or a sense that you’re spinning
- Frequent feelings of being off-balance or in danger of falling during normal activities
- A sensation of faintness, lightheadedness, or floating
- Blurring vision
- Disorientation or confusion
In combination with the above, the following symptoms can also indicate a possible balance disorder:
- Nausea and Vomiting resulting from dizziness
- Fluctuations in blood pressure and heart rate
- Anxiety, panic, or fear
How Does Balance Work?
The vestibular system is responsible for maintaining balance, and begins in the inner-ear with a structure known as the labyrinth, a maze-like structure comprised of soft tissues and bone. This complex structure contains various components that work together to tell your brain which way your head is positioned, and keeps it up to date as you move your head around. Each of these systems also represents a possible place that something can go wrong with your sense of balance, resulting in problems with motor control, difficulty maintaining balance, rigidity, and other symptoms associated with a balance disorder.
What Types Of Balance Disorders Are There?
There are actually more than a dozen different kinds of disorders that affect balance, with the most common being:
- BPPV or Positional Vertigo: Intense vertigo caused by a specific set of movements or positioning of the head.
- Labyrinthitis: An infection of the inner ear causing inflammation leading to trouble maintaining balance. Often appears with infections of the upper respiratory system.
- Ménière’s Disease: Hearing loss, vertigo, and tinnitus are common indicators of this disease, especially in conjunction with a strange feeling of ‘fullness’ in the ear.
- Vestibular Neuronitis: This condition is caused by the vestibular nerve become inflamed, often due to a virus. The primary indicator is vertigo.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from a balance disorder, contact your pain management doctor in Las Vegas, NV immediately for an exam and consultation.