Romberg?s Sign is not a condition in itself.

Moritz Heinrich Romberg (1795-1873) was a German ear specialist. He devised a test to assess balance problems associated with a lack of visual feedback.

This can be related to neurological conditions or problems with the inner ear.

As a sufferer with multiple sclerosis, the author can vouch for the debilitating impact of this form of vertigo.

Suffering from a loss of balance may seem like a trivial matter. But, with so many minor symptoms, the true cause may be far deeper and considerably more serious.

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Romberg Sign an MS Indicator

The patient may exhibit poor balance. Closing their eyes may worsen the indication.This could involve swaying or falling or the inability to recover when given a small push.

Feedback about the body?s balance comes, primarily, from the inner ear, but also from visual feedback from the eyes and positional feedback from the proprioceptive sensors in the muscles and limb joints.

The cerebellum is the receptor of all this feedback. This is the area of the brain that assimilates all of the sensory information.

Any problems revealed by the test are indicative of a separate underlying problem such as vertigo, vestibular ataxia or cerebellar ataxia.

This was, suddenly, very clear as my physiotherapist carried out these tests quite extensively during my evaluation a few years ago, and I failed them dismally.

A Question of Balance

This is, undoubtedly, related to the sensation of vertigo exhibited by many an MSer, myself included. Albeit those of us who experience this vertigo will lose balance even when our eyes are open.

Like all multiple sclerosis indicators, the presence of the indicator does not imply the existence of the disease. The indicator may be sufficient to consult your medical practitioner in order to exclude multiple sclerosis or other potential causes of the lack of balance.

Romberg?s Sign is a symptom that I experience frequently. I was first diagnosed with MS back in 1994. At that time, I had few perceptible symptoms. However, Romberg?s sign has only become noticeable in the last four or five years.

I have no wish to sound like a hypochondriac but, I am sure that is how I will be perceived.  There are a number of MS Signs like this Romberg’s Sign, and I experience them all most notably Uhthoff’s Symptom or a need to avoid the summer heat.

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Romberg Sign loss of balance when eyes are closed

Stephen Walker is a blogger who has been living with Multiple Sclerosis or MS since 1994. He devotes a lot of time to researching this dreadful autoimmune disease, looking for answers and possible treatments.

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