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Health Tip: Steady as She Goes

Several factors may cause balance problems

(HealthDay News) -- Infections, head injury, disorders of blood circulation affecting the inner ear or brain, certain medications and aging all may contribute to dizziness or balance problems.

People who have an eye muscle imbalance or arthritis may also experience balance difficulties. A conflict of signals to the brain about the sensation of movement can cause motion sickness (for instance, when a person tries to read while riding in a car).

The National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders says that when balance is impaired, a person could have symptoms including dizziness or vertigo, a feeling of falling, lightheadedness or feeling woozy, and visual blurring.

Other symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, faintness, changes in heart rate and blood pressure, fear, anxiety or panic.

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