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Old 08-03-2018, 01:01 PM
 
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While you're doing your investigation, look into gut health. I had a naturopathic doctor tell me that gut health can affect all kinds of things (including balance - don't recall specifics).

Or just ask some homeless dude on the street. Honestly, the things some people will believe...
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Old 08-03-2018, 01:24 PM
 
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I'm finally seeing a neurologist who is doing mutliple tests: ENG, EMG and an MRI. But he seems to think I have neuropathy in my feet (doubt it's from pre-diabetes).


I don't have any pain at all, but my balance is terrible! And that's what I'm trying to get fixed.


I'm slim, workout, eat well and so forth. Oh, and I'm 54.


Any suggestions are very, very appreciated!


Alley



What do you mean he "is doing" multiple tests? Are they in progress or are they complete? I've never heard of painless neuropathy. The ENG and EMG should tell you whether you have neuropathy or not, and without pain or numbness I'm guessing you don't.


Incidentally I'm in the same boat. Similar age (within a few years). A few years ago my balance started gradually getting worse. I never flat out fell, but I stumbled and tripped and almost fell even in daylight. I used to be able to turn the lights out, walk through the living room and up the stairs in the dark. Not anymore.



They did ENG and they found nothing, went to ear doctor and they found nothing, and said there's nothing left to try but the neurologist. I decided I really don't want to know if I have a brain tumor or Parkinson's and I didn't think I did, so I never pursued it. Instead I started Tai Chi, and after several months of that my balance improved quite a bit. I've been doing it for about a year now and rarely have balance troubles in the light, though I am still a bit dodgy in the dark. Tai Chi has been studied clinically and shown to improve balance, so its not just me.



I started out using this guys very simple, modernized exercises,


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNtWqDxwwMg&t=38s



and while I still do those when I'm pressed for time I've progressed on to more traditional, detailed instructionals though I'm still very much a beginner.


It really helps, whether there is an underlying medical condition or not. I also got some exercises from a physical therapist though I rarely do those (I forget, and I enjoy Tai Chi)
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Old 08-03-2018, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Or just ask some homeless dude on the street. Honestly, the things some people will believe...
It's true so much of our health begins in the gut...not a joke.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:03 PM
 
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It's true so much of our health begins in the gut...not a joke.

naturopaths are the joke..but not a very funny one.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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naturopaths are the joke..but not a very funny one.
oh good grief, if only more used them so many would be tons healthier.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:43 PM
 
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naturopaths are the joke..but not a very funny one.
I believe the OP meant neuropathy.
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:07 PM
 
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I believe the OP meant neuropathy.

I was responding to a comment on naturopaths.
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Old 08-04-2018, 01:51 AM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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B12 deficiency is common and and can cause neuropathy. A simple thing but sometimes oddly overlooked.
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Old 08-04-2018, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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I have nerve-damage all over my body, I have a genetic form of peripheral-neuropathy. I would estimate that I am at the bottom 5-percentile in my demographic when it comes to balance, coordination, timing and athleticism. Nothing I can really do about it.
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Old 08-04-2018, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I have nerve-damage all over my body, I have a genetic form of peripheral-neuropathy. I would estimate that I am at the bottom 5-percentile in my demographic when it comes to balance, coordination, timing and athleticism. Nothing I can really do about it.
Do you know WHY. I never heard the words nerve damage until maybe 20 yrs ago. My folks never mentioned it. Nor my family members.
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