Patient Worthy is proud to announce that we have recently partnered with Life on the Level, a support group and advocacy organization based in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. Life on the Level is focused on advocacy for people living with disorder that affect balance and coordination, such as vestibular disorders. Balance disorders receive little public attention and have only limited treatment interventions.
About Balance Disorders
A vestibular disorder, or balance disorder, is any medical condition that affects coordination, balance and stability. Patients are generally affected by a loss of balance, a sense of wooziness, nausea, and feelings of floating, spinning, or other movement even when the patient is still. The body achieves balance through the activities of the vestibular system (inner ear), the vision system, and proprioception (the body’s ability to sense its position in a given space), so any impacts to these systems can potentially affect balance and stability. When severe, the symptoms of vestibular disorders can be very debilitating, causing serious disruptions to the patient’s ability to go about their day. Examples of vestibular disorders include vestibular migraine and Meniere’s disease.
The unique challenges that can appear (sometimes quite suddenly) when living with a balance disorder can make patients feel particularly isolated, and the mental health issues can be just as difficult as the physical ones. That’s why Life on the Level provides support groups, Facebook groups, and other methods for patients to connect with each other and share tips.
If you’re living with a balance disorder, are in need of support, and are ready to learn more about Life on the Level, click here.