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Dr. D. Love
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Experience:  Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
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Had a test and dont understand results

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had a test and dont understand results
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
What test and results do you have?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

it was atest where i closed my eyes and walked in place and wen i was done i moved forward 2 feet and turned 90 degress to the right

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
This is part of a neurologic exam and is testing sensory input to the brain. When you close your eyes, then the brain is only able to perform based on other sensory input. This test, by itself, does not indicate a definite problem, but would tell the physician to perform additional testing of sensation to clarify any problem.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

what other tests and what looking for and would this problem be the cause of my lightheadedness everyday

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
The next step are additional sensory tests on neurologic exam.

There are some conditions that can affect sensory input and cause lightheadedness,but it would require further testing to be able to determine whether there is one condition causing both issues.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

what kind of dr does this and what conditions

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
The physician that did this test would start the exam, but it may require consultation with a Neurologist. Until further testing is done, it is impossible to know what conditions may be causing the result. With only this result, any condition that affects the spinal cord, cranial nerves or peripheral nerves would be a possibility, which is why I said above that it does not indicate the problem.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

but there is a problem right

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
There is typically an underlying cause, although it may not be a serious issue.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

ok thanks so tats not normal response normal is not moving correct

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
Correct. There can be minor movement, but usually not significant movement.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What underlying causes are there that can be the cause
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
It cannot be stated until the other findings on exam are known. We interpret the neurologic exam in its entirety, not each individual component.