My 85 year old father has been having trouble with control of his standing. He can be in a standing position and his legs simply give out from under him without warning. He never know when this will happen, and he says he feels nothing at the time of these incidents. When he falls, he is almost immediately able to get up off the floor under his own power, and he shows no signs of any problems with awareness: he is always clear-headed and able to speak and relate. He says his legs just "turn to Jello" in an instant. What could cause this, and is there treatment? He is otherwise in good health.
Hi there. Your father is suffering from a balance disorder, which is a condition that makes you feel unsteady or dizzy like you are moving, spinning or floating even though you are standing. These may originate from certain health conditions, medications, and inner ear problems. Labyrinth controls our balance sense. Symptoms are dizziness, falling or feeling like it, floating sensation, blurred vision, confusion etc. consult an otolaryngologist for a hearing examination, blood tests, an electronystagmogram, or imaging studies of your head and brain. Hope this helps. Take care.
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