The inner ear and balance problems: 11 Causes of loss of balance

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It takes multiple body parts working in unison to keep yourself balanced and coordinated. For most people, coordination and balance are integrated seamlessly into their everyday lives. One could have a dizzy spell once in a while, but that usually isn’t a cause for concern. However, if losing your balance and getting dizzy have become a common occurrence, you may already need medical attention. Repeated loss of balance could be attributed to a variety of causes, including ear infections, neurological disorders, and even head injuries. Continue reading

Do You Have Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?

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  • Peripheral vertigo is a form of dizziness involving your inner ear. The most common cause of peripheral vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • BPPV occurs when crystal deposits in your inner ear become dislodged and end up in your ear canal. The crystals disrupt the flow of the fluids, thereby confusing your balance organs, resulting in vertigo — the feeling of movement or spinning even though you’re stationary
  • If a doctor diagnoses you with BPPV, he or she may recommend physical therapy to shift the crystal deposits in your inner ear into a location that won’t affect your balance
  • There are several different particle repositioning procedures that can accomplish this, including the Epley and Foster maneuvers. If you suspect you have BPPV, you can also try these at home to achieve relief. Instructions are included
  • BPPV that is unresponsive to repositioning maneuvers may be treated with the drug betahistine. An all-natural alternative is to take ginkgo biloba, which has been shown to be just as effective as betahistine

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