Diabetes/ Balance Disorder

Tess K.
By Tess K. Latest Reply 2016-12-07 23:11:51 -0600
Started 2012-02-06 12:38:32 -0600

I was just wandering if anyone had been told something similar to what I was told a few years ago and if someone has some suggestions for researching it to let me know. I was experiencing a lot of balance problems and went through a big bundle of test through an ear, nose and throat doctor and he said that because of the the years of diabetes, the diabetes had eaten away at the brain stem cell where the balance factor is located, thus my balance problems. I accepted it at that time but now I am not so sure. Have you ever heard of this. Please let me know.

11 replies

nhiemstra 2014-10-05 08:57:01 -0500 Report

I am just excited to know that I am not the only one! I have seen a neurologist; hematologist, and now a rheumatologist. I have had numerous blood tests (searching for things I didn't even know were in my blood); MRI and CT, but even my Endocrinologist doesn't have any answers.

lorider70 2013-02-13 08:45:54 -0600 Report

I think the balance problem(s) come from foot/leg/knee problems(neuropathy) and from what I've been told, little can be done to reverse it once it manifests itself.I use whatever aids fall to hand…cane, wall, banister, broom, mop, whatever keeps you from falling.some days are worse than others; but it never completely leaves.

LTennion 2012-02-06 15:12:02 -0600 Report

Hmmm. I'm not a doctor and have no medical training, other than what I've learned the hard way with my own medical issues. I think everyone is aware that having issues that involve your ears can result in dizziness and balance difficulties. I also know that diabetes effects the nerves throughout your body. My understanding is that the excessive sugar in the blood destroys the lining surrounding the nerves. There are other causes in the brain that effect balance. Is your balance worse when it is dark? Do you have to pay closer attention to what you are doing (walking) such as, looking up or somewhere other than in front of you, and you loose your balance…usually to the same side…to the right or left? If I were you, I'd keep searching for answers til I discovered what makes sense to you and you are comfortable with. Best of luck! Do us a favor and keep us informed

Mtmac 2016-12-07 23:09:54 -0600 Report

Well, very interesting. Been taking insulin now since March with little relief. Pain in feet is crazy. Equilibrium is bad. Keep a cane nearby and in vehicle in case I get somewhere without a handy surface to touch and create three points of contact. And yes, all symptoms telly increase at nightime. Sleep is quite difficult due to pain in feet. After two or three days will sleep some due to exhaustion but little REM sleep. I am. Desperate for suggestions. Currently take 20 units of Levimir twice daily and gabapentin three times a day (300 mg) each. Can't drive safely after taking. Closing my eyes when shampooing or repelling is a new adventure!

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-02-06 15:04:53 -0600 Report

Sounds like Diabetic Neuropathy, as you lose the feeling in your feet your balance is off, you may not even realize that the feeling is going away.

nzingha 2012-02-06 14:38:04 -0600 Report

this must be what i've been feeling..like i'm on a cloud and feeling high…ike i've been smoking marijuana…lol

jayabee52 2012-02-06 13:50:08 -0600 Report

Howdy Tess!
I am "balance challenged". My problems started at the 10th year into my Dx. In my case it was discovered I had at least 3 TIAs (aka "ministrokes"). What I was told is that because of the extra glusose in one's blood it gets thicker and causes ministrokes. It got so bad that I couldn't walk without either looking like I was drunk or I had to use a walker. (The Dr who Dx'd the TIAs was a neuologist and he did a lot of tests for nerve conduction and even an EEG)

later on (in 2009) I had a MRI done to check a thyroid nodule. Report on the nodule came back inconclusive, but they also discovered that I had another TIA recently and they put me on Aggrenox, a blood thinner(which had asprin as a part of it). But in 2010 it was discontunued as I had developed a bleeding ulcer.

My balance is a bit better, but what I feel in my balance challenges is I feel like I am walking on a mattress or a trampolene and I am not sure if my next step will fall on solid ground or something springy which will not give me firm footing.

It is a bit frightening to be unsure of the next step one takes.

SteLil 2015-01-14 07:49:22 -0600 Report

I recently bought a bike - not having been on one for 29 years - and i find myself lying in the road more than actually riding the thing. I also find myself falling over having only just left the vertical - but i can still feel my feet

jayabee52 2015-01-14 09:47:39 -0600 Report

Howdy Ste
That really is the pits!
I can feel my feet too. My trouble is that I am hypersensitive.
I am afraid to even try to bicycle. If I were to try I might get a tricycle or a recumbent bike (not as far to fall).

God's best to you

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