“What was that supposed to be?” My husband often asks the question in a playful manner. Playful, because he knows exactly what it is. “What was that move?” I’m teasingly asked the question at work . Curious strangers avert their gaze and say nothing. I wonder if they are making silent judgments. So, what is it? It’s my inability to walk a straight line. I tend to veer right. I lose my balance . I lose my rhythm. I need a wide berth to accommodate my arms, which occasionally fly out to the side to correct my faulty steering. If I ever need to walk that straight line -- heel to toe, heel to toe -- for a cop at the side of the road, I can only hope I am able to post bail. If you didn’t know me, all appearances point toward alcohol or drug abuse, but that would be incorrect.
Multiple sclerosis took away any hint of grace I may have had. Lack of balance, lack of coordination, and vertigo have ganged up and forced me to live my life on a surfboard. Every...
Introduction The skull contains a number of air-filled spaces called sinuses . They perform the following functions: Reduce the weight of the skull Provide insulation for the skull Provide resonance for the voice Four pairs of sinuses, known as the paranasal air sinuses , connect to the nasal passages (the two airways running through the nose): Frontal sinuses (behind the forehead) Maxillary sinuses (behind the cheekbones) Ethmoid sinuses (between the eyes) Sphenoid sinuses (behind the eyes) Sinusitis occurs in these four areas. Sinusitis Healthy sinuses are sterile and contain no bacteria. (The nasal passage, on the other hand, normally contains many bacteria.) The Disease Process. Sinusitis is an infection that occurs if obstruction or congestion leads to bacterial growth in the paranasal sinuses. Among the many causes of such obstruction or congestion are the common cold, allergies, certain medical conditions, abnormalities in the nasal passage, and change in atmosphere. In any of these cases, si...
Benign positional vertigo is a condition in which a person develops a sudden sensation of spinning, usually when moving the head. It is the most common cause of vertigo .
Vertigo - positional
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Benign positional vertigo is due to a disturbance within the inner ear. The inner ear has fluid-filled tubes called semicircular canals. The canals are very sensitive to movement of the fluid, which occurs as you change position. The fluid movement allows your brain to interpret your body's position and maintain your balance.
Benign positional vertigo develops when a small piece of bone-like calcium breaks free and floats within the tube of the inner ear. This sends the brain confusing messages about your body's position.
There are no major risk factors. However, the condition may partly run in families. A prior head injury (even a slight bump to the head) or an inner ear infection called labyr...
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