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Balance symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Balance symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed problems with balance?

    Why: determines if acute or chronic.

  2. Are the balance symptoms paroxysmal or continuous?

    Why: helps determine cause.

  3. What is the effect of position and change of posture on the balance symptoms?

    Why: vertigo is characteristically precipitated by standing up or turning head or by movement.

  4. Is there hyperventilation during an attack of balance problems?

    Why: would suggest anxiety as cause.

  5. Recent cold or flu symptoms?

    Why: suggestive of vestibular neuronitis, Viral labyrinthitis.

  6. Recent head injury?
  7. Past history

    Why: chronic or repeated middle ear infections which can predispose to cholesteatoma which can erode into the internal ear and cause problems with balance.

  8. Medications?

    Why: Blood pressure medications, tranquilizer medication, phenytoin, aspirin, some antibiotics (e.g. streptomycin, gentamycin, minocycline), antidepressants, quinine.

  9. Have any drugs been taken?

    Why: e.g. alcohol, marijuana, cocaine - may cause problems with balance.

  10. Vertigo

    Why: sudden sense of movement , an hallucination of rotation of self or the environment.

  11. Dizziness?

    Why: unsteadiness or lightheadedness - without sudden sense of movement.

  12. Tinnitus?

    Why: may suggest Meniere's disease, viral labyrinthitis, Acoustic neuroma, cholesteatoma.

  13. Deafness?

    Why: may suggest Meniere's disease, viral labyrinthitis, Acoustic neuroma, cholesteatoma.

  14. Visual symptoms?

    Why: may suggest Multiple sclerosis.

  15. Nausea or vomiting?

    Why: may suggest vestibular neuronitis, viral labyrinthitis, Meniere's disease.

  16. Neck pain?

    Why: cervical vertebral dysfunction can compress the vertebral arteries in the vertebral canal and can be associated with benign positional vertigo.

  17. Hiccups and difficulty swallowing?

    Why: with severe vertigo are features of lateral medullary syndrome , a type of brain stem stroke.

  18. Seizures?

    Why: may suggest complex partial seizures, brain tumor.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Balance symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Balance symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Balance symptoms:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Balance symptoms' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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