• Had brain tumor removed, radiation/chemo and now severe balace problems.

    Asked by tsddawson on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Had brain tumor removed, radiation/chemo and now severe balace problems.

    Any ideas what might be the main cause, the tumor removal almost a year ago (scar tissue?) or side effects of heave metal chemo durgs? Causing severe disfuctioning. Looked into B vitamins and magnisuim deficiencies. Any experts in balace related brain functioning one might nrecomend. I am local to U of M area.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Hugs and healing vibes. Speak with your oncology team about this, I'm sure they will be able to refer you to the right specialist.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm (Best Answer!)

      More than likely it is related to the scar tissue. Sometimes it takes awhile for the nerves to find an alternate route to connect. Be patient and everything will come on line in due time. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      It took many tests and a long time to diagnose my severe balance issues. I developed ototoxicity due to the platinum-based chemo drug. My vestibular nerve was fried and it took a lot of PT to learn to compensate for the damage done to this nerve. I am still learning how to walk stairs again, and I may never be able to ride a bike, in a boat, roller coaster or even backwards. Small price to pay, but this was one of the worst side effects I had.

      over 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      You had brain surgery. The area was exposed to radiation and you swallowed some sort of poison.

      You ought to keep looking into maximizing your magnesium delivery along with other needed vitamins and minerals and healing herbs. Look into every way which you believe may help.

      Patience might be in order. You've been extremely traumatized. Give yourself time to heal.

      Doesn't UM have a cancer center in the complex?


      over 3 years ago
    • glam's Avatar

      I would recommed you to talk with your oncology team for them to evaluate how severe it is and for hoiw long you should keep being patient on this issued....also I would suggest you to ask them if you could practice yoga, there are several levels, including yoga specific for cancer patients........althought I have colon cancer, I also had balance problems (probably not so severe as yours) and practicing yoga helped me a lot.......Good luck and God bless you and give you the strength to overcome it

      over 3 years ago
    • tsddawson's Avatar

      Thanks for the replies! I guess it wiil justr take time and me relearning. I will try more PY that I had to practice and the vitamin/agnisium things. The PT and moving around seem hard, since I seem sick whenever I'm moving, but I need to try it. I'll look more into the yogu, never thought about that?

      over 3 years ago

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