Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Millions of Americans have disorders of balance they describe as dizziness. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at this disorder and some of the problems associated with it in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

 Dizziness can be used by people to describe different sensations they are experiencing.  It may be difficult for anyone but the person experiencing the symptoms to describe the character and severity of the sensations.

For some people, dizziness is a feeling of unsteadiness or a spinning sensation. Others may experience extreme balance disorders that affect many aspects of their lives.  Severe balance disorders can impact a person's independence, ability to work and quality of life.

Even dizziness that seems minor may be a signal of underlying disease.

Balance problems are among the most common reasons that older adults seek help from a doctor. Fall-related injuries such as breaking a hip are a leading cause of death and disability in older individuals. Many of these hip fractures are related to balance disorders.

Balance disorders may also lead to other problems including fatigue, difficulty walking, or disinterest in everyday and leisure activities. The most important thing you can do if you think you have a balance disorder is to see a doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.