Very interesting observation! In order to keep balance, our brain collects information from the vestibular system (the inner ear balance sensors), the visual system and the proprioceptive system (the sensation coming from skin, muscles and joints). The brain analyzes these three "buckets" of … [Read more...] about When carrying a heavy object or carrying a weight in each hand, my balance improves. Why?
We have a comprehensive article on the topic of PPPD here. … [Read more...] about I was diagnosed with PPPD (Persistent-Postural-perceptual dizziness) by my ENT doctor. I’ve been feeling dizzy since a car accident 2.5 years ago. Do you have any information?
Vision is an essential part of the balance system. It works with the inner ear sensors for balance, the proprioceptors (sensation of touch) and the brain to keep us balanced. Any vision problems can negatively affect your balance and should, therefore, be addressed as much as possible. In general, … [Read more...] about How are cataracts related to balance issues?
The balance system is complex and involves the brain analyzing and interpreting information from three major systems: the inner ear sensors for balance (vestibular system), the visual system, and the sensation that goes from the skin, muscles and joints (proprioceptive system). Any sensation of … [Read more...] about What do my symptoms of asymmetrical disequilibrium mean?
The balance system is complex and in fact involves 3 major sensory input systems, all controlled by the brain. The inner ear sensors for balance, eyes and the proprioceptors on the body all send information to the brain. Balance centres receive, analyze and integrate these bits of information and … [Read more...] about Why do I feel dizzy on the computer and why is my balance better when I wear a weighted vest or carry heavy things?
You have expressed the feelings of many people affected by dizziness! It is not always easy to find support in your community; you end up seeing quite a few professionals and they aren't always on the same page as to your diagnosis and treatment plan, and you are left with uncertainty about what you … [Read more...] about I have been diagnosed with BPPV. My community has no support group for dizziness. I don’t know where to turn. Can you give me a plan of action?
All of us experience the need to "pop" our ears when changes in elevation occur. However, people who suffer from Ménière's disease are more markedly affected by the change in atmospheric pressure. While normal people feel instant relief opening the Eustachian Tube and equalizing pressure in the … [Read more...] about I have Ménière’s Disease. Will ventilation tubes help with dizziness during elevation changes?
The half-somersault manoeuvre is meant to be self-taught and performed, but, depending on how dizzy, fit and healthy you are, it may be difficult to accomplish. It is an alternative to the Epley manoeuvre, which can also be self-administered. You can read more about the half-somersault maoneuvre … [Read more...] about Are there classes that teach the half-somersault manoeuvre?
It sounds as though the stroke was the hemorrhagic type, which is why she needed surgery. Strokes affecting the back of the head can have vertigo as their main symptom and this is likely what happened to your wife. This vertigo is very unlikely related to an inner ear problem. At this point, having … [Read more...] about My wife was operated on to alleviate bleeding in her brain after a stroke. She now cannot stand up due to dizziness. Where should she go to get diagnosed and what kind of therapy should she undergo?
Vision is an essential part of the balance system. If you are noticing that your vision is changing and you are finding it hard to read it seems reasonable to visit your optometrist and have your eyes checked. In addition to that, given your history of concussion, it would probably be a good idea … [Read more...] about I suffered a concussion in the past and my vision is deteriorating. Could that be causing my balance to get worse?