What are the possible causes of balance problems?
Problems in the inner ear may cause balance problems. Disruptions to the systems in the body that help maintain balance can also cause them.
Balance problems are more common as people get older because they have more health problems in general and as we age our balance system changes. But it is important to see a doctor if you experience this symptom. In rare cases, serious conditions including a tumor or stroke may lead to this symptom.
Common causes of balance problems include:
- Circulation problems such as high or low blood pressure
- Head or neck injuries
- Inner ear problems including labyrinthitis (swelling in the inner ear) or Ménière’s disease
- Low blood sugar or dehydration
- Nervous system diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease