Dizziness & Balance
Balance Self Test
To help determine if you may be headed for a fall, take the balance self test below. If you answer "yes" to one or more of the questions, you could be at risk. The best way to determine if you have a problem, however, is to talk with your physician who might recommend that you get a balance screening test from a qualified physician.
- Have you fallen more than once in the past year?
- Do you take medicine for two or more of the following diseases: heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, anxiety, or depression?
- Do you feel dizzy or unsteady if you make sudden changes in movement, such as bending down or quickly turning?
- Do you have black-outs or seizures?
- Have you experienced a stroke or other neurological problems that have affected your balance?
- Do you experience numbness or loss of sensation in your legs and/or feet?
- Do you use a walker or wheelchair, or do you need assistance to get around?
- Are you inactive? (Answer "yes" if you do not participate in a regular form of exercise, such as walking 20-30 minutes at least three times a week.)
- Do you feel unsteady when you are walking or climbing stairs?
- Do you have difficulty sitting down or rising from a seated positiion?
Patient Instructions for Videonystagmography (VNG)
You will need to refrain from taking certain medications for 48 hours prior to your test date. Certain medications can influence the body's response to the test, thus giving a false or misleading result. Medications which should not be taken are listed below, however if you have any questions or concerns about discontinuing your medications please consult your doctor.
- Tylenol w/ codeine
- Any over-the-counter cold remedies
- Any sleeping pill
- Also, please refrain from drinking beer, wine, or taking cough medicine for 48 hours prior to test date.
- You may take blood pressure medications, heart medications, thyroid medication, Tylenol, insulin, and estrogen. Always consult your physician before discontinuing any prescribed medications.
- Please do not wear eye makeup (mascara, eye shadow, etc.)
- Testing may cause a sensation of motion that may linger. If possible, we encourage you to have someone accompany you to and from the appointment. If this is not possible, try to plan your day to include an extra 20 minutes after your test before leaving our office.