Frequent Falls

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Bret Mobley, MD, MS

Neuropathology

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Frequent falls are recurrent falls, worrisome for a medical condition. A "near fall" is when a person is about to fall but avoids falling, for example by holding onto a nearby object. Near falls are also worrisome for an underlying medical condition.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Frequent falls

Possible causes

  • Alcoholic liver disease

    Liver damage caused by overconsumption of alcohol.

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

    This is also known as ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, or motor neuron disease. This is a progressive, degenerative condition that affects the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord, resulting in loss of muscle control, eventually leading to difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. The exact cause is unknown. It could be due to genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.

  • Hydrocephalus

    Hydrocephalus is accumulation of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain, resulting in increased pressure on the brain and brain damage. It's most common in infants and older adults.

  • Striatal substantia nigra degeneration

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel that you fall over or slip more often?

  • Do you have slurred speech?

  • Do you have double vision?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

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