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edt
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   Posted 10/4/2009 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Friends,
I am so irritated!  I have been doing really well with the new dose of LDN!  Finally getting over the injuries from a fall I took in June!
Friday morning I was walking along.... happy, humming to myself....when the next thing I know I'm flying in the air and plop, crash, boom...next thing I know I'm on the ground.  Have no idea what the heck I tripped over, it happened so fast, I'm not sure if my tennis shoe caught on something or one of the legs gave out!
So here we go again, now I am having severe pain in the neck and right arm, bruises on the right leg!
How do you spell F R U S T R A T I O N?
I am resting, using Traumeel, ice and heat...but every movement lets me know I took a tumble....AGAIN!!
The sad thing is I have been a KLUTZ all my life and could explain most of my trips but over the last 9 years, since the triple CAF, nerve damage in the legs diagnosis....I can no longer ALWAYS explain how I end up on the ground!
Can anyone else relate to this horrid recurrence?
XXOO
Patti
 

Chartreux
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   Posted 10/4/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
AWE Patti,
so very sorry you fell and you were doing so well too...my left leg will go out on me sometimes..
get into the doctor if your still hurting...
Lots and lots of soft hugz
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bluejet2
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   Posted 10/4/2009 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Patti:
 
I could have written that post word for word about myself.  I know how frustrated you must be. 
 
You are definitely not alone in this regard.  Maybe a hot bath will help with some of the aches & pains.
 
Be kind to yourself, take it easy, and give your body time to heal!
 
Let us know how you are doing.
 
Lorie

Gretchen1
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   Posted 10/4/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Oooh falling is so bad!  Do you need to be evaluated for a walking aid?  I use a cane a lot and it has helped me to not fall quite so often.  Please take good care. 
 
I follow your threads due to your use of LDN.  Please keep me posted on how you are doing!  You are in my prayers. 
 
I have a shirt that says, "I do all my own stunts".  You may need one of those too.  Seriously though, please feel better and I hope you can manage your pain. 
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


edt
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   Posted 10/4/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Char, Bluejet and Gretchen,

Thank you!  Gretchen I love the saying on your shirt, you made me chuckle....I've always told people "I'm a professional faller"...hmm maybe time for a T-shirt of my own lol.

Seriously, as sad as it would be, might be a good idea to start considering a walking aid!

Will keep you posted!

XXOO
Patti

 

 


Gretchen1
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   Posted 10/4/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
 
Here are some options.  A cane might be enough if you just have a balance problem.  The forearm crutches are good if you are realling putting a lot of weight into it.  The rollators are so cool!!!  it is like a cool walker with a seat!  I hope some of these give you some ideas.  Also, get your doctor to write you a script for some PT to learn how to use these.
 
Good luck.
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


PAlady
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   Posted 10/4/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Patti,
So sorry you had another fall! Falls are so scary to me, since that's what started me on this roller coaster ride of CP. I used to walk along with a bounce in my walk. No more. Now I feel like I walk like I'm 80 (actually some 80 year olds do a better job!). I found the tip of my foot catches on the smallest thing anymore, and one time my leg just gave out from under me, but that was awhile ago. Most for me it's tripping so I try to be super careful but it does affect how you feel about life.

Injuries from falls can be from the "just soreness that needs to heal" to the serious variety, as you well know. I also do think my neurontin had something to do with one of my falls, which occurred a couple of years ago when I was increasing the dose to where my doctor thought it should be. HA! I went back to the lower dose after that. But one thing I try to remember is that it was the first fall that did the real damage, and that was on a brand new sidewalk with a slight imperfection and my shoe caught on it and before I knew it I was in the air and came down hard on concrete. But the other falls I've taken haven't, in the long run, seemed to do any more real damage. I try to tell myself to not be quite so scared about it, but it doesn't always work.

Just give yourself lots of TLC for now, use the R.I.C.E. routine, and if something doesn't start getting better, swells too much, etc., call a doctor!

Hugs,

PaLady

couchtater
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   Posted 10/4/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Ouch! I feel your pain. I've been a Klutz all my life, too. I'm always tripping over something or running into the corner of things.
I have a slight birth defect. My left leg turns out. I've tried to walk with it straight facing, but I can't maintain it. It turns at a 20 degree angle outwards and is flat footed. I'm always twisting my ankle.

The walker could be a great help.

Joy

PAlady
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   Posted 10/4/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Rest.
Ice.
Compression.
Elevation.

PaLady

PAlady
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   Posted 10/4/2009 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
The first 24 hours after an injury, where there is swelling or discoloration, ice is recommended to constrict the blood flow and decrease swelling. After that, heat is recommended. These are instructions for an acute injury, and of course, should be followed along with doctor's instructions. It's not the same thing as treatment for chronic issues.

If you add heat right after an injury where it's swelling, you'll increase the swelling.

PaLady

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 10/4/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh CCL, I'm so sorry you fell again! Yes it really stinks when we fall and all kinds of things get affecteed when people like us fall even if it's just a trip! I sure can relate to you. As you may or may not know, I fell in a hole after my neck surgery which has cause severe pain in a different place than I had pre-surgery!!! I'm so upset about it as it happened on my last job and I didn't do things properly. Just today, about an hour ago, I got a nonpayment statement from some hospital bills I gave my old boss to pay! He told me no problem at the time and he would pay them right away! Somehow I'm not suprized! I will call him 1st thing tomorrow AM! I'm so mad I could jump in a hole! Hang tough CCL, sorry to cry on your post!
Your Buddy',
Pete
When I was young, I broke almost evry bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, My oldest is serving on a aircraft carrier but is currently in advance radar school. The other is a Asault Ship "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


edt
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   Posted 10/4/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Everybody,

Its so great to have support from all of you!  PALady I do know that my shoe catches on carpet and if theres an imperfection in a sidewalk, tile etc. I am usually the 1st to find it.....also due to the nerve damage I drag the left leg, not aware sometimes when I am doing it....I do need to pay more attention and be way more careful!  The problem I have is because of the Cervical Fusion the jar of the fall causes a whiplash injury and that sucks on top of the CP.  I am hoping this is not the case this time!!

Pete, I see WHACKO BOSS hasn't really changed much has he??????

XXOO

Patti

 


White Beard
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   Posted 10/4/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Patti
 
I do hope you are doing alright! Patti do you have drop foot, you mentioned that you drag your one leg, and I was just wondering! Anyway please be careful! And if you need to use a cain.......well.......remember it is just another tool, that is used to help you and make your life easier and safer, and it is no different than wearing glasses or a hearing aid or anything else! I use a cain all the time, they even gave me a walker to use when I came home from the hospital this time. As my balance is really off and I do have  weakness in my limbs!
 
 Anyway I hope you get it checked out by your Doc and you are alright!
 
My thoughts and prayers are with You!
 
White Beard
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


straydog
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   Posted 10/5/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Patti,

I hope you are recuperating form your fall. Very good to know you have no broken bones, the bruising and soreness is bad enough. No clue what caused the fall either. Has your oxygen sats been  checked lately? I had to do a 24 hour test a few weeks ago, I average 89 without oxygen. Thats much better than where I was almost 3 yrs ago. The test had to be done w/o oxygen for 24 hours, I was not real thrilled over that.

Before being put on oxygen I was falling every time I turned around it seemed like. Mine was more like fainting and once that hit there was no stopping it.How I kept from breaking a bone is beyond me, most of my falls took place on tile floors and a wood flooring here in the house. A couple of times I went head first down the stairs.

I was wtihout my oxygen last night and had been for a spell during the day, I was outside and did not want to lug the portable one around. Well, i ended up falling and hit my bookshelf, i now have a nice knot on my forehead and bruised up an arm and ribs. Guess thats what I get for not wearing it lol.

Take care of yourself.


Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


PAlady
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   Posted 10/5/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Ouch, Susie! Just reading your post made me wince!

You take care of yourself, too! We need a recovery room here! LOL

PaLady

golitho
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   Posted 10/5/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear about all these falls! Please everyone be careful. Sending big stabalising vibrations out there and some healing ones too. I fnd a fall shakes me up on the inside too, I often get the shakes.
School holidays in Sydney so I'm being pestered to go out, glad to see the forums on again, golitho

skeye
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   Posted 10/5/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Patti, I'm so sorry to hear about your fall!! I hope your're alright & on the mend now!!
Hugs,
Skeye

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 10/6/2009 3:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Patti, Guess I was half asleep when I replied to you before. I hope your felling better noe!
Pete
When I was young, I broke almost evry bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, My oldest is serving on a aircraft carrier but is currently in advance radar school. The other is a Asault Ship "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


edt
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   Posted 10/6/2009 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
OWWWW Susie, we have to stop taking these TRIPS lol.  Thanks for the info no issues with O2 sats (Thank God), but I HAVE to wear clunky tennis shoes all the time and they are very heavy.  The pressure from the laces keeps the edema down in the foot....I'm not sure which caused this fall, either the shoe got caught on the carpet on the leg gave out.  WB they never really diagnosed me with drop foot but did mention it.
In any case, I am doing better.  I did land on my right arm and shoulder which of course has caused neck stiffness and spasm (more then normal).  I also have a huge bruise on the right knee and hip!  I'm really lucky I didn't do more damage.
The Traumeel Ointment and tabs I use (Homeopathic) really help the pain and bruising. 
Thanks for your support FAMILY, it helps so much.
XXOO
Patti
 

straydog
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   Posted 10/6/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Patti, talk to your dr about getting some compression hose for the swelling and get out of those clunky tennis shoes. Compression hose really do help with the swelling. They make my legs feel so much better but its too hot here n Tx to wear them during the summer. I cannot wear heavy shoes as you described they make the back of my legs sore and cause leg aches. You can get Jobes online for like $30 or so. I paid $72 for my first pair at a medical supply place and they fitted me with the hose.
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


fatherjohn
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   Posted 10/6/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Patti, So sorry to hear about the fall. I know you were just really getting over the last one. As I started to read your post I felt I should encourage you that it is not just you. As I was loading the car coming home from the coast, I stepped out the door, my foot rooled and down the steps I went. I know how you feel. I am thinking about getting training wheels for my cane. You know thos commercials where the little girl is learning to ride a bike and she stuffs her clothes with toilet paper, maybe we should consider some extra padding. I hope you heal quickly and the bruising goes away. My son called me while I was at the coast and told he was injured in Iraq. I could tell by his voice there more to the story. He was in the machine gun roost on top a humvee while they were racing another humvee. His driver hit a bump in the road and he went flying and ended on his tail bone. I informed him that some soldiers get purple hearts, but he gets a purple rear end. What do we get? Blessings

edt
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   Posted 10/6/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Ahhh geez Fatherjohn...not you too!!! I like the toilet paper idea....extra padding? How bout a suit of armour...maybe that would work for us!  OMG I hope your son is alright, tailbone injuries are so painful and long to heal.
How was your trip?  Did you rest?
XXOO
Patti

fatherjohn
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   Posted 10/7/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Patti, I don't want to hijack your thread but will say that the trip to the coast was ok but with all the stress I am under even my wife said it was hard to relax. I went in to see my PCP today and we had a good talk. He is concerned about my bp as he doubled my meds and it still is way to high. I wonder why? On the good side, he said that if I wanted him to come to a meeting and explain that I am not an addict and I am not incapacitated by the meds he would be glad to come, and he said his opinion counts more than those who are questioning my character as he has the intinials behind his name. He and I are going to jointly work on a project for health care for the students in our program. I am going to try and take a few more days off soon. I go back into the PCP again tomorrow to work on the bp. Hope you are doing much better.
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