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  1. #1 Lose of balance when change direction 
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    I have a problem when walking in buildings - when I change direction, it looks like I lose my balance. In fact, my balance is very good, but I cannot steer myself. It is a recurring problem over the last 20 years, usually triggered by viruses, but this time by a vaccination.
    Has anyone come across this before?
    I do not have a diagnosis or treatment

    Can anyone help me?


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    It's probably some kind of sub-clinical inflammation or infection in the ears / sinuses. So long as it continues to go away after a day or so, treat it as your version of the fighting-something-off most people experience as headaches or mild stomach upsets.

    These one day wonders are our bodies' way of reminding us that they're not perfect and we should take good care of them.


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    I have had it for 2 months now. I once had it for 6 months.
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    Have you seen a doctor? If not, then go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauline S View Post
    I have had it for 2 months now. I once had it for 6 months.
    I knew a chap who had had meningitis and tended to drift to the left ever after. The semi-circular canals are very delicate. I've even sometimes had a balance problem that sounds like yours, due to excess ear wax! Chucknorium is right though - see the quack. That's what you pay your taxes for.
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    I have seen my doctor, a physio who specialises in balance, an osteopath, chiropractor, & had acupuncture. No one knows what the cause is, so they don't know what to do about it
    I had tests years ago, but nothing showed up.
    I can't walk about in buildings as there are too many corners,
    but I can ride a bike, walk 10 miles, or do painting from a step-ladder - as you don't change direction very often
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    Hang on a tick. If it 's the movement of your head disorienting you, what's your blood pressure like?

    I was marginally dizzy for almost 20 years on and off. Turns out low blood pressure is unwonderful for such concerns.

    If your doctor's inclined to say "That's good!" when checking your blood pressure, just check what the numbers are. They tend to think that as long as it's not high BP, then it's A Good Thing. It's not. It's horrible to live with.
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    Water accumulating in your inner ear could be responsible for dizzyness when you change direction.
    Its the way nature is!
    If you dont like it, go somewhere else....
    To another universe, where the rules are simpler
    Philosophically more pleasing, more psychologically easy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauline S View Post
    In fact, my balance is very good, but I cannot steer myself.

    I can't walk about in buildings as there are too many corners,
    but I can ride a bike, walk 10 miles, or do painting from a step-ladder - as you don't change direction very often
    This sounds like an orientation - not vestibular - problem.

    So, you know these latest Hollywood movies (especially action) where every friggin scene has the camera whooshing one way or another? It's done to evoke the "orientation reflex", that hypnotizes viewers because we're engaged with trying to get a handle on an (apparently) moving environment. Kinda like the old mesmerist's trick of swinging a pocketwatch. How does this camera effect make you feel?
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