Re: My mother, 85, with balance problems - not dizziness
well, since she has seen an ENT and had an MRI and everything supposedly came up clear? esp within that cerebellum where our main area of whats called our proprioperception is governed, i would very highly suggest they look at her spinal with a full spinal contrasted MRI at the point. only becasue it is that cerebellum that governs this, but there IS one particular spinal tract lying within our cords that also is what brings the messages too and from the periphery and back that actually is what tells our legs what to do? and that little tract is called the spinocerebellar tract. i only know this becasue i too have lost my proprio becasue of a spinal cord surgery i had to have that damaged it? this does only impact my legs and nothing else i have been able to feel or know of yet. i do NOT have any dizzyness either, just my legs, esp when my eyes are closed, i simply do NOT even know where they are like just lying in bed, as long as my eyes are open, i can still kinda tell, but the very second i shut my eyes, i just have no clue where i left them. it IS insane to even feel this at all.
our proprioperception is what actually allows us to even actually just 'know" where all of our body parts are actually even located in relation to space. i did not have a freaking clue that just knowing where my body areas were was created by an actual 'area" in our brains and spinal cords at all til my neurosurgeon told me i was going to probably lose this in my legs pre op. i had no real understanding of just what in gods name he was taliking about til it actually occured.
if she is not having any real problems with actual dizzyness then that would seem to exclude her equalibrium within the ears, so, unless she possibly had like a mini stroke or TIA within only that cerebellum, or if they did not actually use any contrasting type of agent when they did that brain MRI, you may want to have that area possibly double checked, even with a CT since any level of real bleeds within the brain(esp a TIA that can be rather small) genrally would show up much more clearly than with an MRI in certain cases. then i would definitely have her full spinal from top to bottom just MRIed as well just to make certain she does not have some type of real abnormality within that spinal cord too? you just CAN be actually born with cewrtain little things actually IN the spinal cord that do not always show themselves til 'something' possibly triggers it? what i had in mine since birth and did not even know it til i had an MRI done for another reason was whats called a cavernous hemangioma(only one of several different types of vascular leasions one can actually have in their sp cords or even the brain too and we are just born with) that was IN my left side of my cord and it DID bleed at times which then would show neuro symptoms too. i was like 40 already when this just showed up on that scan, but i was NOT yet having any reals symptoms til later. SOOOO, these are the areas i would seriously ask he doc about just checking out right now and double check that cerebellum too. this just really does sound like a total loss of her proprio in her legs,VERY much so. i just KNOW what that feels like. how does she feel as far as the legs when her eyes are actually shut,esp lying down? does she simply completely lose any ability to really feel without moving the legs like exactly where they are other than knowing where she left them? if this occurs it seriously sounds like loss of proprio. so that would narrow down the possible area that this could be stemming from at least. the cerebellum and that tract too.
i do hope this helped some. but she defintiely does need those particular tests right now if nothing more,just to see them and clear them? hopefully something will just show itself. how long ago was the previous MRIs done? let me know what you find out,K? marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.