Having trouble keeping your balance?

Posted by John, Volunteer Mentor @johnbishop, Dec 13, 2018

I am at the age where I am always watching where I step so as not to lose my balance. Falling can be dangerous for some of us in the older generation. This is especially true when you have other health problems. It's important to work on being able to keep your balance. Today I received a Mayo Clinic on Controlling your Arthritis which I thought had some excellent and easy to do exercises to help gain better balance.

Slide show: Balance exercises
Adding a few simple exercises to your daily routine may help you prevent falls and improve your balance. See how to do them.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/multimedia/balance-exercises/sls-20076853?s=1

What are your biggest balance challenges? What kind of exercises help you?

John

@lioness

@dreamer38 Good morning I have had balance and dizzy problems This was coming from my ears I saw a ENT Dr in a separate incident I have fallen because of balance For this I did exercises to strengthen my core first just pull your stomach in while working Stand on 1foot CT 10 then other I also do some yoga,chi qong,orTai Chi I too have Osteopenia so strengthen your core and do these exercersis stand at chair to do them 🙂

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I do not get dizzy/. I can stand perfectly still, but don’t dare try to take any steps, in which case I stiffen up and fall. I just stand there waiting for someone – anyone – to give me an elbow for security. Then my body relaxes and I can walk very easily.

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@peggi

I am not experiencing simple balance issues: I get sudden, unprovoked, unexpected static sensations accompanied by rigidity. I have to suddenly force my upper body forward, all the way to placing my hands on the ground or around my ankles, to prevent falling straight over backwards like a statue. This happens when I am standing still, talking to someone.

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@peggi, It must be disconcerting to have sudden and unexpected episodes like you describe. I'm not sure if this is helpful or not but it may shed some light on your symptoms. It's a chapter from a book – Episodic Neurologic Symptoms – Clinical Methods – NCBI

Chapter 51 – Episodic Neurologic Symptoms
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK374/

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@johnbishop

@peggi, It must be disconcerting to have sudden and unexpected episodes like you describe. I'm not sure if this is helpful or not but it may shed some light on your symptoms. It's a chapter from a book – Episodic Neurologic Symptoms – Clinical Methods – NCBI

Chapter 51 – Episodic Neurologic Symptoms
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK374/

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I really appreciate your attentiveness to me, and your attempts to help me. However, no where in this extensive article does it mention SPS, diagnoses with an extremely elevated GAD antibody. I don’t believe any of the diseases or conditions listed are accompanied with that finding. I need to find something that corrects that inhibiting antibody.. and corrects my proprioception, specifically so that I am able to golf.

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@peggi

I really appreciate your attentiveness to me, and your attempts to help me. However, no where in this extensive article does it mention SPS, diagnoses with an extremely elevated GAD antibody. I don’t believe any of the diseases or conditions listed are accompanied with that finding. I need to find something that corrects that inhibiting antibody.. and corrects my proprioception, specifically so that I am able to golf.

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@peggi have you ever used Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/)? I did a search for "stiff person syndrome +elevated GAD antibody" and got quite a few hits. Here's the link to all of the search results.
https://scholar.google.com/scholar?as_ylo=2019&q=stiff+person+syndrome+%2Belevated+GAD+antibody&hl=en&as_sdt=1,24&as_vis=1

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@johnbishop

@peggi have you ever used Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/)? I did a search for "stiff person syndrome +elevated GAD antibody" and got quite a few hits. Here's the link to all of the search results.
https://scholar.google.com/scholar?as_ylo=2019&q=stiff+person+syndrome+%2Belevated+GAD+antibody&hl=en&as_sdt=1,24&as_vis=1

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Thank you so much for all of your information. I am so confused, though: I have some similar symptoms, but then I also have some not mentioned. I have no pain, no spasticity; but I’d do get sudden spontaneous shocks up my spine that threaten my balance, and I become very stiff (feel like a statue) when I am chilled. My core shivers. I wonder if I should try to get in to Mayo. My current neurology specialist has only treated one other patient with an elevated GAD Ab titer. O

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@peggi

Thank you so much for all of your information. I am so confused, though: I have some similar symptoms, but then I also have some not mentioned. I have no pain, no spasticity; but I’d do get sudden spontaneous shocks up my spine that threaten my balance, and I become very stiff (feel like a statue) when I am chilled. My core shivers. I wonder if I should try to get in to Mayo. My current neurology specialist has only treated one other patient with an elevated GAD Ab titer. O

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@peggi – I think I would be confused also. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what is causing your symptoms. I do think that Mayo Clinic would be a good option with their patient centered care. If you would like to seek help from Mayo Clinic, contact one of the appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

I've been fortunate to be a Mayo Clinic Rochester patient for many years and have been through several different health issues that they have been able to help me and I can attest that the doctors at Mayo really do care about helping their patients find a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Their model of care is one of the best if not the best.

History of Mayo Clinic – Mayo Clinic Model of Care
http://history.mayoclinic.org/toolkit/mayo-clinic-model-of-care.php

Do you think your neurologist would give you a referral? I don't think it's necessary for an appointment but it may help.

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