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 the 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.