Dr. Tom : Hi, I'm online now and would be happy to help you with your question. Just reply and we'll get started. Dr. Tom
Dr. Tom : Are you available to chat about your balance problems now?
Dr. Tom : The indicators states that you have gone off-line. I will stand by for a few minutes to see if you come back online. I would be delighted to give you some thoughts that may be helpful.
Dr. Tom : Okay great, give me just a couple of minutes to type some information for you and then we can exchange questions.
Dr. Tom : The first thing I would like for you to know is that your situation is a common one. The second thing for you to know is that there is help and I will discuss that with you in just a minute . Please standby while I type out some information for you.
This is my first online "chat".....
Dr. Tom : We will presume to start with, that your primary care physician has been made aware of your balance and dizziness problems and has taken the routine steps to ensure that you do not have any other general medical conditions. Knowing that you have seen an ophthalmologist and an otolaryngologist is helpful information. i would like to reassure you that your cataract surgery would not have been a cause. In fact it is a benefit. As we age there is an aging of the overall balance system. The balance system is composed of inputs from many sources. Yes, the eyes were certainly important, and so arethe semicircular canals of the inner ear, But these can be normal and we can still lose some of our balance compensating Control. It is very important that you get to work on this. As you probably know, falls which leads to fractures are significant potential problem. There are physicians who specialize in balance medicine. Also there are specialized physical therapist who work in balance rehabilitation centers. When we have finished our chat I'll see if I can help you find the appropriate type of therapy in your area. I'll stop for a minute and let you read over this and standby to chat with you further..
Dr. Tom : The indicator states that you were typing, so I'll just standby.
It IS comforting to learn what I am experiencing is "common", however startling to me! Did not realize there are physicians who specialize in balance medicine....puzzling question is how this problem started in the first place...I thought it seemed to start with the cataract operation...yet that is not the cause. Am anxiously awaiting whatever information you can provide. Primary care physician is aware of my problem. Have not seen her in a few months. I will see her again to update her on steps I have taken so far. Could it be the medication I am taking?.
Dr. Tom : You are correct, There are not many physicians who is totally specialize in balance. Most do it as part of their relative specialties. Your question about medication is a good one. However, since you are on a relatively low number of medications that is probably not a significant factor. What I would like to do for you is hook you up with a really good website that will give you excellent information On vestitubular disorders, that's a fancy name for the aging of the balance system. Also, if you will give me the name of the largest city near you, I will do a little research and find a clinic that might be of value to you for you to check out. Would you like me to do that?
Dr. Tom : The indicator says that you are still in the chat room. Please let me know if you have anything else you would like to ask?
Dr. Tom : Now the indicator states that you were off-line. So I will switch over to the question and answer format where I will be able to place a link to a website that I think will be useful to you. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. The good news is that You can get help and improvement with your balance.