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posted 05-11-1999 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Redwarf39   Click Here to Email Redwarf39     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First off, thanks to all of you on this BB. It's been a major source of comfort, humor and information for me! My heart goes out to all of you and you've even made me feel very lucky because I generally have IBS(c). What I really want to know today is:
Does anyone else have a problem with your balance? I seem to lose mine every time I turn or when I'm working out or even just getting out of the car. Granted, I am a dizzy dame, but this is something that I've only been experiencing for the past 6 months - about the same time my IBS began manifesting itself fulltime! Thanks for being there and here's hoping everyone is feeling good today!

posted 05-11-1999 06:41 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there: That's weird. I thought it was just me! I go through periods of losing my balance too.



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posted 05-11-1999 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Redwarf39   Click Here to Email Redwarf39     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL!! It never fails - just when I think "it's just me" somebody else has been through the same thing! So far I don't know what might be causing this, although it's worse when I'm feeling bad. Just having someone who's been there and doesn't think you're crazy helps a lot! Thanks for responding!


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posted 05-12-1999 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It could be an inner ear problem, have you asked your doctor? Does it feel like the room is spinning? Many people in my Fibro group also complain of this problem. It might be neuro in nature. I just feel like I'm going to black out sometimes if I get up too quickly from especially a crouching position. I think that has something to do with blood flow and probably not the same problem. Good luck, it must be an uneasy feeling.



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posted 05-12-1999 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BobJ   Click Here to Email BobJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I do, and have had for sometime now, a "problem" with balance.

Now, I don't know that I can relate it to my IBS symptoms in any concrete kind of way for several reasons:

1. I am 52 years old, long in the tooth, lost the spring in my step, and have never been too coordinated in all my life. I've always enjoyed sports, but was always the kid on the sandlot that was "picked" last when choosing sides. Had fun anyway though.

2. I haven't exercised seriously for about 5 years now, so my muscle tone is probably all screwed up - more than it "naturally" is.

3. Every year or so, my Doctor has to give me an ear wax flushing with some industrial strength stuff, so the poor sense of balance may be an ear thing.

Basically, I do a "Chevy Chase" type stumble, fall, bounce, and slam into/over any object near me. I wouldn't make a very good cat burglar. I can't even sneak up on my own shadow without making a scene. It happens even when I just go to rise up off a chair - I usually loose my balance, tip over, and stumble around until I can hold on to something. To watch me, you'd swear I was DRUNK.

Anyway, it's more bothersome than anything else - no real "dizziness" or black-out type symptoms. I haven't caused myself to break bones or sustain any major injuries - yet. It drives my wife nuts. When we go shopping she won't let me go near any glass displays - for good cause.

IBS-related?? Not sure, but I'll add my name to your list of "unbalanced" folks...


[This message has been edited by BobJ (edited 05-12-99).]


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posted 05-12-1999 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Redwarf39   Click Here to Email Redwarf39     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL!! Thanks, BobJ! You sound like a pretty "well-balanced" person to me!


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posted 05-13-1999 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LynneB   Click Here to Email LynneB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
BobJ - I loved your post!

A few other things for everyone to consider re: dizziness -
Could be a side effect of a med
Could be a sign of dehydration and/or electrolyte imbalance if after a bout of 'D'

Lynne B


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posted 05-13-1999 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmo   Click Here to Email tmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I blame everything on hormones, IBS, or my husband. My loss of balance is so transient that, by the time I realize I've lost my balance, I've regained it again. So all I do is look stupid for a second. That is, stupider than usual. It's probably a TIA and my brain is probably turning to mush. When I was a small kid, my mother and people her age referred to them as "shocks." I doubt that's what you have, Redwarf39. I'm just rambling. Probably LynneB is close: could be electrolyte imbalance, drug induced or maybe inner ear.

BobJ, if you think you're long in the tooth at 52, then I must be Methusalah's Mom.

Another thought: with our sometimes "iffy" diets, maybe our blood sugar gets out of whack. Shall I go on? Nah.

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