Loss of balance

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Jamie2012
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   Posted 12/26/2013 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Just a quick question....is loss of balance part of lupus? I have never had good balance by any stretch of the imagination, but the last couple weeks have been terrible (especially at night). Last night was really bad, and it is starting up again tonight, its like my legs won't work and I trip over everything and nothing. I am wondering if this is a lupus thing, or a plaquenil thing, or ???
 
Any help is appreciated.
 
Jamie

couchtater
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   Posted 12/27/2013 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Just call me world traveler....I'm always tripping. ;-)
Lupus can mess with your balance ....brain-wise and inner ear.

To be safe get it double checked by an ENT and Neurologist.
Joy
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Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/27/2013 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Not terribly unusual with Lupus - muscles get a bit weak and need extra time to get in gear. Also I had some dizziness when my inflammation was bad. Make sure to add these types of symptoms to the list for your rheumy!
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Butterflake
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   Posted 12/27/2013 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jamie2012. Loss of balance was one of my first lupus symptoms some 10 years ago and I still have it. I use a cane outside, but not in the house and I fall once about every two months. I can't even count the times I almost fall. I've always had neurological symptoms and have had complete neurology work-ups with the same conclusion: it's lupus. I think you should see a neurologist if it continues.

Tips: Ensure rugs are secured (taped down)
Anytime you go into even a slightly dark room, turn on a light especially getting out of bed at night
Always be aware of where your pets are
Do not turn suddenly
Be very cautious if you wear loose clothing around your legs
That's all I can think of, so basically be very careful :-)
SLE '05, Sjogrens, fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, CNS problems, diastolic heart failure, GERD, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: better living through chemistry

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Jamie2012
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   Posted 12/27/2013 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you to all :) I actually have a neuro apt on Monday so I will mention it to him. I have seen him for several years due to "atypical migraines". He is the only one who believed my autoimmune symptoms prior to this rheumy that I just started seeing, so I am sure he will listen at least. he actually said something about being due for a repeat MRI soon at my last appointment, so this may just push that along!

Butterflake- Thanks for the tips--I think my cat is secretly trying to kill me by tripping me lately anyways! Every time I turn around--there he is! LOL.
Jamie

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   Posted 12/27/2013 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
After steping on my cats' tails they learned to move when I move. :-)
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, OA, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Butterflake
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   Posted 12/28/2013 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jamie. Three months ago we euthanized our 15 y/o dog. It was way overdue, but my hubby wasn't ready. He was almost totally blind (dog, not hubby) from cataracts and going deaf. These maladies just made him want to be closer to me and I'm disabled, home all day. Sometimes my 2 cats were right there with him and I was sure a plot was hatching. Is paranoia a lupus problem? smilewinkgrin
SLE '05, Sjogrens, fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, CNS problems, diastolic heart failure, GERD, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: better living through chemistry

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