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

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@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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Hi everyone …. I usually hang out at the Anxiety and Depression Board, but I felt this was a more appropriate place for my question. I take 2 meds. which can cause balance problems. Also, about a year ago, I started to really have to be careful, or I'd lose my balance and fall. Also, when I told my doctor that I had taken a nasty fall about the same time, and had a concussion …. he told me I was "mighty lucky it wasn't worse." Since then, I really have to be careful. I've gotten myself one of the Greatcall things for around my neck in case I fall and really hurt myself. Could a fall like this, on concrete, have done something in my head to cause the increase in balance problems? Any input you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
abby

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@amberpep

Hi everyone …. I usually hang out at the Anxiety and Depression Board, but I felt this was a more appropriate place for my question. I take 2 meds. which can cause balance problems. Also, about a year ago, I started to really have to be careful, or I'd lose my balance and fall. Also, when I told my doctor that I had taken a nasty fall about the same time, and had a concussion …. he told me I was "mighty lucky it wasn't worse." Since then, I really have to be careful. I've gotten myself one of the Greatcall things for around my neck in case I fall and really hurt myself. Could a fall like this, on concrete, have done something in my head to cause the increase in balance problems? Any input you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
abby

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Hi @amberpep – you may have noticed I moved your post to this discussion that @johnbishop started called "Having trouble keeping your balance" so that you can connect with others who have had similar experiences. Simply click VIEW & REPLY in your email notification to get to your post.

I'm thinking perhaps members like @johnbishop @peggi @sapphira @bookysue @imallears @dorisena @helenr and others in this discussion may have some thoughts on the dizziness and balance problems you've experienced and may have some thoughts on whether your concussion from a fall may have contributed to the balance challenges.

Has your doctor weighed in on whether the fall on concrete, hitting your head, may have contributed to balance problems, amberpep? If so, what did your doctor say about that?

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Hi – I see that I'm listed with regard to balance problems,but I don't have them and they have never been an issue for me. I know that with aging, it does become a problem for most people, but I'm 88 yrs. now and just last week walked about 40 blocks in NYC – from the Met. Museum of Art to my apartment – no I don't have balance issues. I've noted that when you enlist in Physical Therapy, the first thing they do is test for balance since that is a prime concern for the elderly. Exercise can be helpful , proper shoes and if all else fails, use of a cane to assist walking.

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Hi Abby @amberpep – I'm not sure any of us here on Connect can say whether or not a fall on concrete increased the chance of falling again. I have no medical background or training but I think a doctor would have to run some tests (MRI, etc) to determine if the fall caused an injury to your brain which could increase the chance of falling.

Balance Problems after Traumatic Brain Injury
https://msktc.org/tbi/factsheets/Balance-Problems-After-Traumatic-Brain-Injury

I think it's a great idea to get one of the devices you wear around your neck for emergencies and provide assistance if you do fall. Have you tried any balance exercises or therapy to help with your balance?

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@amberpep

Hi everyone …. I usually hang out at the Anxiety and Depression Board, but I felt this was a more appropriate place for my question. I take 2 meds. which can cause balance problems. Also, about a year ago, I started to really have to be careful, or I'd lose my balance and fall. Also, when I told my doctor that I had taken a nasty fall about the same time, and had a concussion …. he told me I was "mighty lucky it wasn't worse." Since then, I really have to be careful. I've gotten myself one of the Greatcall things for around my neck in case I fall and really hurt myself. Could a fall like this, on concrete, have done something in my head to cause the increase in balance problems? Any input you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
abby

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Hi, @amberpep . You said you had a bad fall recently and got a concussion. Did a doctor confirm the concussion and give you any specific instructions? I, too, can get dizzy when I’m out walking. But I make sure I take precautions: wearing shoes with good soles, using a cane when necessary, and just staying home if the weather isn’t great. I’d like to walk in an indoor mall, but there aren’t any here. Have you been on the two medications for awhile? Did they cause any problems before the fall? You might want to ask your doctor about a re-evaluation of your balance or maybe a referral to physical therapy.

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@amberpep

Hi everyone …. I usually hang out at the Anxiety and Depression Board, but I felt this was a more appropriate place for my question. I take 2 meds. which can cause balance problems. Also, about a year ago, I started to really have to be careful, or I'd lose my balance and fall. Also, when I told my doctor that I had taken a nasty fall about the same time, and had a concussion …. he told me I was "mighty lucky it wasn't worse." Since then, I really have to be careful. I've gotten myself one of the Greatcall things for around my neck in case I fall and really hurt myself. Could a fall like this, on concrete, have done something in my head to cause the increase in balance problems? Any input you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
abby

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@amberpep
Hi,

I don’t have any balance issues or get dizzy but my gym classes incorporate balance exercises into all the classes. If we are able to keep our core strong and exercise regularly chances are we won’t suffer any falls. As for falling on the concrete and hitting your head. The only thing I know is if there was damage to the vestibular system that could throw your balance off. Whether this is temporary or permanent only a doctor could give you that answer.
I too am careful even though my balance is great. Not taking any unnecessary chances. The key to good balance is strength in your core. I am a firm believer in this. The only way to keep your core strong is to exercise routinely and faithfully. And everyone, please stretch those limbs every single day so you can have more flexibility. Once you start a routine, it will be like brushing your teeth and you won’t forget to do it….and if you do forget you’ll miss it and feel it.

FL Mary
Happy Healthy New Year

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@amberpep I do like what FL Mary said and if it is your vestibular system you may want to contact a ENT Dr for his advice . I had dizziness and was sent to a specialist to have testing done then ear exercises this all cleared up my dizziness . Good luck let us know how you are doing . Healthy New Year

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