Romberg 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.

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Romberg sign is the common term used to describe a physical test for peripheral vestibular function. Vestibular functions are sensory functions of the inner ear that help us maintain our balance and posture. The Romberg test is used to check for peripheral abnormalities of the vestibular system.

As a sufferer of 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.

Romberg Sign an MS Indicator

Romberg Sign Multiple Sclerosis Indicator
Romberg Sign Loss of Balance

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.

What is Proprioception

You’ve probably heard of proprioception before, but do you really know what it is? This blog is going to focus on the definition of proprioception and why it’s so important, followed by a few ways to improve your proprioception and prevent injuries. First, let’s go over the basics. Proprioception is the sense that allows you to sense where different parts of your body are at all times.

Proprioception is your body’s ability to sense and adapt to changes in its position; that is to say, the body’s awareness of itself and its surroundings. This sixth sense is something we take for granted, but without proprioception we would be incapable of balancing or walking. Proprioception is crucial for everyday physical activities, from walking up the stairs to writing your name.

Your Sense of Self

As introverts, we’re really good at observing. We’re great at staying quiet. And we are intense thinkers. So it makes sense that if you want to understand introverts, you have to look at how they observe, stay quiet, and think. What does an introvert do when he’s not interacting with the outside world? He’s observing what’s happening around him.

We go to great lengths to protect our physical selves, yet often forget that our emotional selves are in dire need of the same attention. The end result is that we end up living day-to-day in a state of emotional anxiety. To ensure you are happy in life, make sure you are happy in your skin. Read on to find out how to do this.

Romberg sign is a neurological indicator that all is not well with your proprioception and sense of self.

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