Loss of balance can occur for a range of reasons, including ear infections, head injuries, medication, and neurological disorders. However, if a person has a condition that affects the brain or inner ear, they may experience a loss of balance, spinning sensations, unsteadiness, lightheadedness, or dizziness. Balance problems can be caused by several different conditions. The cause of balance problems is usually related to a specific sign or symptom.
Sense of motion or spinning (vertigo). Vertigo can be associated with many conditions, including:
· Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
· Vestibular neuritis.
· Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness
· Meniere's disease.
· Acoustic neuroma
· Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
· Head injury.
· Motion sickness.
Feeling of faintness or lightheadedness. Lightheadedness can be associated with:
· Hemodynamic orthostatic hypotension (postural hypotension).
· Cardiovascular disease.
Loss of balance or unsteadiness. Losing your balance while walking, or feeling imbalanced, can result from:
· Vestibular problemsark.
· Nerve damage to your legs (peripheral neuropathy).
· Joint, muscle or vision problems.
· Side effect of Medications.
· Certain neurological conditions.
Dizziness. A sense of dizziness or lightheadedness can result from:
· Inner ear problems.
· Psychiatric disorders.
· Abnormally rapid breathing (hyperventilation).
· Medications. Lightheadedness can be a side effect of medications.