Staggering when I walk with lightheadedness
I am a 63 year old women that loves to work out. In 2013 I woke up with water in my right ear and developed Pressure in the right ear, then a few days later I was loosing my balance. I had 3 Station Tubes in the right ear and finally I had a Balloon inserted in the right ear. I also discovered that I have fluid in both of my Mastoids. Non-Infection. Unfortunately I still have the Staggering when I walk and I am still lightheaded too. When I sit or lying down I do not have this problem. I had many tests and the only thing is I have flu in both Mastoids and I was born with a small and narrow basilar artery in my brain. Can the fluid cause lightheadedness and staggering when I walk? Thank
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Hi RedHead, welcome to Connect. I notice that you have posted in a few other related discussions on Connect related to loss of balance and dizziness. Do you find that your lightheadedness is the same as being dizzy? Do you fall sometimes, too?
You say that you love to work out. Did the water in your right ear come from swimming?
I would say that I do not have Vertigo but I actually had Vertigo twice, once when I was in bed and I rolled over and oh my goodness that was true Vertigo and that lasted for 2 hours and the next morning when I woke up I was find until I bend my head to rinse my mouth and wow it hit me (the Vertigo) my husband had to help me to the bed and that lasted for 40 mins. That was the only 2 times that I had Vertigo. I would say it’s more lightheadedness specially when I look down and up. If I am walking I can become lightheaded for no apparent reason. I also stagger when I am walking, usually when I come to a sudden stop and then when I have to restart my walking then I start to staggered. I know for sure my workouts will trigger the staggering and sometimes I become lightheaded. I can run on the Treadmill without any symptoms then when I get off of the Treadmill within 5 mins. I am staggering and I am lightheaded. This started when I had water in my right ear. I believed that the water in the ear was caused by swimming. I did have 3 Station Tubes in the right ear, they failed and I finally had a Balloon inserted into the right ear. I was able to hear much better and the pressure in the ear was gone. I still have some ringing in the ear but least I can hear much better and no pressure. Unfortunately the staggering and lightheadedness is still with me. I feel 100 percent better sitting and lying down. I am not going to let this stop me from being active. I know that I have fluid in both of my Mastoids. Non-Infected. I had surgery on my sinuses way back in 1983 and by 2006 I found out that I had fluid in both of my Mastoids, the right was much worse and in 2013 I was told that the fluid in the right Mastoid was much worse. I am a patient at the Mayo Clinic and I am still in the process of testing. I do have an appointment to see an ENT in late May. I sure hope I can get some answers. So far blood work is perfect waiting for more test results to come in. I did have a 10 min. Tilt Table Test and that was normal. I also had a series of Balance Test done too waiting for results on MyChart hopefully in the next couple of days. I do say when the technician used a hand held tool,( some form of a vibrator ), on the back of my right ear I instantly had the lightheadedness, and when he did the left side behind the ear I was find no lightheadedness. I told him why and what would cause that. He said maybe you are motion sensitive. That does not make any sense to me. Why only on the right side. I never get lightheaded when I am sitting. But that instrument caused the lightheadedness instantly. Do you have any ideas? I just don’t want to be told that I need some behavioral therapy. I have a real medical problem.
I do not fall When I staggered because I am able to catch myself from falling
I understand somewhat the challenge. I been coping with dizziness for over two years. Luckily, my first encounter with a medical professional was critical. Over two years now, most of the progress is in the medical research I do and less on regular medical systems. I did find a great resource in understanding dizziness: Martin A Samuels, M.D. Neurology Brigham & Woman's Hospital . He groups dizziness to four classes: Vertigo, near syncope, dysequilibrium, ill-defined. Based on my assessments, my dizziness is not related to hearing or vestibular area…based on my symptoms and assessment, to proprioception. It seems you have a handle on your cause of the type of dizziness in your case…..it is critical to define the primal cause and move on from there. JIM>>>>>>>
I do not know what the cause is. Thanks, I will look into the book.