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    Old 12-22-2004, 12:54 PM   #1
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    Anyone ever experience muscle weakness with dizziness/vertigo?

    I have been in the midst of a 24/7 vertigo/dizziness spell for going on five weeks now. I have never been officially diagnosed with an inner ear disorder, but am fairly sure I have something along those lines. This is the fifth time in the last two years that I have suddenly become dizzy. My episodes have ranged from one week to most being this time at almost five weeks.

    My doctor ordered an MRI last Monday morning and I'm still waiting for the results. My biggest concern is this time around I have noticed a feeling of muscle weakness in my thighs and biceps. I'm not sure if they are related or not. All my lab work has come back fine so far, so I know it's not a thyroid, anemia, or potassium issue.

    My question for all of you is:

    Has anyone else experienced the muscle weakness in addition to dizziness/vertigo?

    Has anyone had an "attack" lasting more than a couple weeks?

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    Cool Re: Anyone ever experience muscle weakness with dizziness/vertigo?


    As to your first question:

    ...."Has anyone else experienced the muscle weakness in addition to dizziness/vertigo?"....

    Yep---most here have---at some time during the period of injury & lasting/intensity to varying degrees---think this maybe why:

    (Repost of a post I made little while back---in answer to a question on neck problems---but it also holds true through out the bodies....more than 650 muscles)

    ...."A while back---there were a series of post from---people with vestibular problems---who---wondered if an inner ear prob--- could mess up their neck---My Guess---was yes---because of the impact of the vestibular injury on your:

    "Proprioception System"

    May be worth repeating since it has come up again---in a number of recent post---but---it is still just a guess:

    The guess:

    Your ability to maintain your balance depends on information that your
    brain receives from three different sources -- your eyes, the muscles
    and joints of your body, and your inner ears. All three of these
    sources send information in the form of nerve impulses from sensory
    receptors, special nerve endings, to your brain. This is the sensory
    input that has to do with balance. The input that your brain receives
    from your muscles and joints comes from sensory receptors that are
    sensitive to stretch or pressure in the tissue that surrounds them. As
    your legs, arms, or other parts of your body move, the receptors
    respond to the stretch of the muscles surrounding them and send
    impulses through many sensory nerve fibers to your brain. The output
    to the muscles, joints are the motor impulses that are sent from your
    brain to the other muscles of your body control their movement so you
    can maintain your balance whether you are sitting, standing, or
    turning cartwheels.

    So in your case---it seems probable that what's happening could be
    happening via that system of muscles and joints of your body engaged
    with your balance---and----

    If you go to the various web sites on vestibular problems---at most of
    the "Balance Centers" of excellence located at the Universities or
    Government(U.S.& Overseas)---you run across---a discussions on a somatic
    sense called:


    (somatic senses are nervous system functions that collect sensory
    information from the body but are not one of the special senses of
    sight, hearing, taste, touch, or smell)

    Typically, three somatic senses are described; pain,
    thermoreceptivity, and mechanoreceptivity.

    The latter of which includes "tactile" and "position" sense.

    Most of these agree that there are THREE inputs to the "Brain's"
    balance center----and under normal circumstances they provide that
    information as follows:

    --Vision 40%

    --Vestibular 30%

    --Proprioception 30%

    The discussions center on what happens when the vestibular signal goes
    "Nutso" because of an inner ear problem, BPPV, Lab, VN, etc.....

    While most people have a fairly good grasp on the first two(vision &
    vestibular) that last one(Proprioception)---is kind of elusive.

    As you can see from the short(:-} description below---and if you think
    about it----when the vestibular system gets "hosed up" ---among other
    things---it screws up---the brain's ability to keep aware of
    equilibrium and any changes to it---and that throws a "heavy load" on
    the Proprioception System---actually throws it off-stride---which in
    turn----causes a lot of the problems(we post about) with the bodies
    "posture and movement and control" of the coordinated action of more
    than 650 muscles

    ---This is also the system that develops the "Stored Movement
    Templates" I talked about in another post---it is immanently involved
    in developing them---through repetitive movements(i.e, practice makes

    Since the slightest movement or even the intention to move initiates
    widespread activity in muscles throughout the body(through the
    Proprioception System) and since every movement has to be correct for
    force, speed and position---any problems can cause a lot of problems
    through out the body, neck, eye, stiff/strained muscles---so it is
    worth(I think) knowing how this "Proprioception System" which provides
    30% works/influences our problem(s).

    From the Northwester Univ/NIH web sites....."BASIC PRINCIPLES

    Proprioception is now generally classified as one of the somatic
    senses - nervous system functions that collect sensory information
    from the body but are not one of the special senses of sight, hearing,
    taste, touch, or smell. Typically, three somatic senses are described:
    pain, thermoreceptivity, and mechanoreceptivity, the latter of which
    includes tactile and position sense.

    Proprioception relates primarily to the position sense and encompasses
    two aspects of it: static and dynamic. Static sense provides the brain
    with feedback about the orientation of one body part to another. It is
    this static sense that allows us, for instance, to reach behind our
    backs and clasp our hands together or to touch our index finger to our
    nose while keeping our eyes closed. The dynamic sense gives the brain
    feedback about the rate and direction of the body's movement. We see
    this sense in action when we slip but the brain automatically rights
    us without our falling.

    Thus, proprioception is actually a system of neuromuscular processes.
    The proprioceptive system involves (1) incoming (afferent) signals,
    (2) outgoing (efferent) signals, and (3) interactions between many
    parts of the brain. Proprioceptive receptors in the skeletal muscles
    (spindle cells) and on the surfaces of tendons (Golgi tendon
    apparatus) provide constant feedback on the positions of body segments
    and on the actions of muscles. Awareness of limb position and movement
    is also gained through the stimulation of receptors in the joints.

    The brain keeps aware of equilibrium changes through the inner ear
    mechanisms (vestibular system), which enable the perception of
    gravity. The information furnished by the vestibular system is also
    essential for coordinating the position of the head and the movement
    of the eyes. There are two sets of end organs in the inner ear, or
    labyrinth: the semicircular canals, which respond to rotational
    movements (angular acceleration); and the utricle and saccule within
    the vestibule, which respond to changes in the position of the head
    with respect to gravity (linear acceleration). Functionally these
    organs are closely related to the cerebellum and to the reflex centers
    of the spinal cord and brain stem that govern the movements of the
    eyes, neck, and limbs.

    Posture and movement are made possible by the coordinated action of
    more than 650 muscles. The slightest movement or even the intention to
    move initiates widespread activity in muscles throughout the body, and
    every movement has to be correct for force, speed, and position. These
    aspects of movement are governed by the proprioceptive system.".......

    Just a guess---but think it has more to do with the input and output
    of the brain's equlibrum center to and from the "Proprioception"
    then any thing else.

    But still a guess & with this junk who knows---certainly not many
    medical types(but there are some).".......

    As for your second question:

    ...."Has anyone had an "attack" lasting more than a couple weeks?".....

    Yes---some have short periods(1/2 weeks) others longer(months)---no two people are alike---when it comes to this junk!!

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