Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults who have had symptoms of dizziness or at least one balance problem, but do not almost always have the problem, BALTRIGSTAND reports whether the balance problem was triggered when the respondent stood or was on their feet for a long time.
The survey text instructed interviewers to mark "No" if the respondent reported they were unable to do this activity for reasons other than a dizziness or balance problem, such as if the respondent was in a wheelchair, or was are deaf, blind, etc.
Respondents were first asked to identify the most bothersome dizziness symptom (BALSBOTHER).
In 2008, this variable was part of the Sample Adult Balance Supplement, sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
The supplement consisted of a total 205 questions (some of which were only asked based on a previous response). For a further description of the Supplement and a list of topics included in it, see BALDIZYR
Interviewers then proceeded to ask, "Do any of the following usually cause or trigger your (Fill: most bothersome or only feeling)" and asked about a total of 13 possible triggers. The other 12 are included in the 2008 Supplement.
- turning head side to side (BALTRIGTURN
- looking down or up (BALTRIGLOOK)
- rolling over in bed (BALTRIGBED)
- getting up after sitting or lying down (BALTRIGETUP)
- riding in a car, bus, airplane, boat, or train (BALTRIGTRANS)
- walking down a grocery store aisle (BALTRIGROC)
- hearing loud sounds (BALTRIGLOUD)
- blowing your nose (BALTRIGBLOW)
- prescription medicine or drugs (BALTRIGDRUG)
- over the counter medicine (BALTRIGOTC)
- eating too much salt (BALTRIGSALT)
- certain foods or drink (BALTRIGFOOD)
- 2008: Sample adults age 18+ who have had symptoms of dizziness or at least one balance problem and do not almost always have unsteadiness.
- 2008 : SAMPWEIGHT