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BALWLIMB
Weak limbs happen with balance problem

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Description

For sample adults who have had symptoms of dizziness or at least one balance problem, but do not almost always have the problem, BALWLIMB reports whether the respondent experienced weak or clumsy arms or legs around the same time as the dizziness problem. The Field Representative's Manual defined "around the same time" as "just before or just after the feeling."

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

Related Variables

Interviewers proceeded to ask, "Do any of the following problems happen around the same time as your (Fill: most bothersome or only feeling)" and asked about a total of 22 problems. The other 21 are included in the 2008 Supplement.

 

These include:

  • anxiety happens with balance problem (BALWANX

)

  • blurred vision with balance problem (BALWBLURV

)

  • shortness of breath or trouble breathing with balance problem (BALWBRETH

)

  • depression happens with balance problem (BALWDEPR

)

  • earache or pain happens with balance problem (BALWEARAC

)

  • fullness or pressure in the ear without pain (BALWEARPR

)

  • difficulty rolling over in bed happens with balance problem (BALWBEDR

)

  • numbness in the face, hands, or feet happens with balance problem (BALWNUMB

)

  • migraine headache happens with balance problem (BALWMIGR

)

  • motion sickness with balance problem (BALWMSICK

)

  • nausea or vomiting with balance problem (BALWNAUS

)

  • neck pain happens with balance problem (BALWNECKP

)

  • headache, other than a migraine with balance problem (BALWHDAC

)

  • difficulty swallowing happens with balance problem (BALWSWAL

)

)

  • high stress happens with balance problem (BALWSTRES

)

  • difficulty speaking or slurred speech (BALWSLUR

)

  • sinus congestion happens with balance problem (BALWSINUS

)

  • sweating happens with balance problem (BALWSWEAT

)

  • loss of vision or blacking out happens with balance problem (BALWVLOSS

)

  • hearing loss in one or both ears happens with balance problem (BALWHRLOS

)

Respondents who reported having any of these symptoms were asked a follow-up question to determine if the symptom occurred only during the dizziness problem or regardless of the problem. See (BALWOLIMB) for these variables.

Comparability

BALWLIMB has no comparability issues.

Universe

  • 2008: Sample adults age 18+ who have had symptoms of dizziness or at least one balance problem and do not almost always have unsteadiness.

Availability

  • 2008

Weights