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Balance, walking and dizziness

Problems with balance and feeling dizzy are common in MS, and can have knock-on effects on your walking.

Like all MS symptoms, these issues affect people differently, and vary from day to day. You might be wobbly on your feet from time to time, or you might need to move with more care than before to avoid losing balance.

The causes are complex, but once the problem has been investigated, there are ways to get help.

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Causes of balance problems

MS can cause a wide range of symptoms that can have an effect on balance, including difficulties with coordination, tremor and muscle weakness, stiffness or spasms.

Find out about the causes of balance problems
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Treatments for balance problems

There are things you can do to improve your balance. Some of these you can do on your own. For others, you'll need support from a professional such as an MS nurse, physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
Read about treatments for balance problems
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Rooms spun around me when I stood up. Coupled with imbalance, getting from A to B became a battle quest, one in which I employed every prop available – banisters, random strangers, pillars and finally, a walking stick. Barbara, a mum who blogs about life with MS
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