Losing Your Balance While Walking, or Feeling Imbalanced, Can Result From:
- Inner Ear problems. Abnormalities in your inner ear can cause a sensation of a floating or heavy head, and unsteadiness in the dark.
- Nerve damage to your legs (peripheral neuropathy). The damage can lead to difficulties with walking.
- Joint, muscle or vision problems. Muscle weakness and unstable joints can contribute to your loss of balance. Difficulties with eyesight also can lead to unsteadiness.
- Medications. Loss of balance or unsteadiness can be a side effect of medications.
- Certain neurologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, cervical spondylosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Feeling of Faintness or Lightheadedness
- Orthostatic hypotension (postural hypotension). Standing or sitting up too quickly can cause some people to experience a significant drop in their blood pressure, resulting in presyncope.
- Cardiovascular disease. Abnormal heart rhythms (heart arrhythmia), narrowed or blocked blood vessels, a thickened heart muscle (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), or a decrease in blood volume can reduce blood flow and cause presyncope.
Inner ear problems. Abnormalities of the vestibular system can lead to a sensation of floating or other false sensation of motion.
Psychiatric disorders. Depression (major depressive disorder), anxiety and other psychiatric disorders can cause dizziness.
- Abnormally rapid breathing (hyperventilation). This condition often accompanies anxiety disorders and may cause lightheadedness.
- Medications. Lightheadedness can be a side effect of medications.
- Inner ear problems. Once diagnosed with inner ear problems, we aim for best patient outcomes and you will remain under our care. With other conditions, you will be connected with the correct providers to manage and rehabilitate your condition using our growing Los Angeles network.