trouble getting out of a chair or climbing stairs

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virgil1
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you guys have a problem with this....I can't get out of chairs without help or climg stairs or steps anymore...have trouble picking up my feet.
 
Let me know what you think

lost in philly
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh yeah! Unfortunately you have just described me and many of us on this forum. When I first got dx, I could barely climb stairs at all. Now that I am on pain meds ( and posssibly some other meds are helping too who knows). Now stairs are only a big problem for me when I am real stiff (like first thing in the morning) or sore and tired (late at night). Same thing with dragging my feet. Those really were some of my first symptoms but once I got a good doctor and the "right" meds and started listening to my body and what my limitations were, pacing myself better....those symptoms can get more tolerable.

Good luck!
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kathydownunder
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   Posted 5/11/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I hate stairs since I seem to fall so easly I hold on to the rail all the time and I have to move slowly and anyone come up the stairs behind me has to climb up at my pace a lot of people are not nice about the fact I MOVE SO SLOWLY I mean come on just because I am a little over weight does not mean I want to be this way. As for chairs I check them out before I sit down people do not understand how hard simple things can hurt at times.
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patsie
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   Posted 5/11/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi virgil,

I recall your post on the shakes. Do you have trouble tripping over rug corners or just picking up your feet?

Those are sure neurological symptoms. Hope you feel better soon!!!

virgil1
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   Posted 5/11/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Patsie,

Just picking up my feet...no problems tripping on rugs yet


donnaeil
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   Posted 5/11/2009 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I tripped on sidewalks, steps, air, etc., according to the docs, all fibro. I will only purchase chairs that I an get up out of. Fortunately, my power wheelchair has the most comfortable seating ever.

Balance can be a problem with fibro

Oh, I remember how I weakened a banister in an apartment from grabbing it and pulling myself up the steps. lol

I can swim for 2 hours straight yet I cannot go up a flight of steps without feeling I have to gasp for air.

Donnaeil

Sherrine
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   Posted 5/11/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Virgil, I have problems like that off and on.  When I'm in one of my better periods, I don't have much problem.  But, right now I'm entering the time of year when I'm having more problems.  Today, when walking my dog, I felt like I had lead weights on my legs and a bookbag full of bowling balls on my back.  But, if I keep going, I usually will feel a little better.
 
Donnaeil, as you know, swimming isn't a weight-bearing exercise so you should be able to do more and breathe better.  But, when  you add gravity, it is harder but very good for you.  It helps keep you stronger too.  Stairs are a problem for me, because of lack of strength in my legs.  I'm not short of breath but I do hang on to the railing...tightly! 
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 5/11/2009 2:37:32 PM (GMT-6)


RedDiane
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   Posted 5/11/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
When my dr. told me I might have carpal tunnel or at least arthritis in my wrists, I asked him how that could be since I don't do repetitive motions. He showed me how I get up out of a chair, either lifting myself with my hands on the arms of the chair, or putting my hands on my knees and pushing up. It't the only way I can stand up from a chair. So I guess my wrists will keep hurting. Diane
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Sherrine
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   Posted 5/11/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Diane, I do the same thing and I HAD carpal tunnel.  I just babied my hands and it did get better for me.  I hope that happens for you too.
 
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K9
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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have this problem even when I'm doing well. Especially in the mornings and evenings.
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Shash13
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   Posted 5/12/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
This forum is such a blessing to me! Here's another problem area that I share with lots of you, and now I don't feel like the odd man out or such a fumble bug! Thanks for sharing your question, Virgil...
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ivy6
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   Posted 5/12/2009 3:13 AM (GMT -6)   
There are exercises that can be done to help with these problems, but please note that I say help, not resolve. You should be able to find them in a good book on arthritis management, such as The Arthritis Helpbook by Lorig and Fries.
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patsie
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   Posted 5/12/2009 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Virgil,

I get the picking up the feet. Good no tripping. I agree with exercises to strengthen, they are helping me.

Take care, Patsie

WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 6/3/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah ... people don't understand how i can walk on a flat surface whoa good bit, or go crazy on the elliptical ... but a flight of stairs is my nemesis.

K9
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   Posted 6/3/2009 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
At one point last fall I couldn't get up out of chairs past about 6 pm without leaning on a cane. Now I have new meds and I can do just about anything. Still a little stiff at night, but I can run and exercise and no more cane!
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crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Stairs--hate 'em. It's not a problem of picking up my feet. It's just that my leg muscles start SCREAMING about half-way up a flight of stairs, and I have to stop and rest and let them calm down a bit, and go v e r y s l o w l y the rest of the way.

Marlee2
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   Posted 6/4/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Mostly cause of back injury I can't do stairs, well GD lives up a short flight of stairs so when we go visit my hubby pushes me to make it easier. I know not a site I would want anyone to see but it works. I have trouble getting up from the couch sometimes but it sits low and everyone that sits on it hates it. I can trip on air and when I walk in the yard you would think I had been into Sherrine's medicinal rum. tongue For that reason I have told my neighbors that I have muscle problems.
 
I also have things fall out of my hands for no reason.
 
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crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 6/4/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Marlee2 said...
 
I also have things fall out of my hands for no reason.
 
 OOOOHHHHHHHH yeah!!  I have "dropsie" all the time.  Especially my left hand but either really.  Dropped a bottle of Vitamin Water in Walmart the other day.  Splattered all over the place.  What a mess. 
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Littleneck
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   Posted 6/6/2009 4:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been dropping things a lot. It is one of the most annoying things so far in my fibro journey. This includes dropping myself, when I go to sit in a chair I will often suddenly sink, and then be unable to get up unless I push on my knees. I can't sit on my old battered couch anymore, and have to get a new firm one, because it's too sunken.

myjoy
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   Posted 6/6/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I fell twice yesterday...while trying to go up the stairs. The second time, I bruised my bad shoulder. It hurts tons today.

Also, I get out of chairs like I'm 80. They have to be firm, as was said above.
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QTKaren
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   Posted 6/6/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Omg this is me totally specialy since my last stroke!! I drop stuff all the tine and trip over just about everything. Then about a week ago I started falling late at night. I would get so dizzy I tried to grab for something but had falls for 5 days before I figured out it was the ambein!!!!! I have a huge knot on my head and severe brusing on my right side and then on the 3rd might I fell on a mini vacuum that was om the floor and I bruised my kidney and broke ribs. I couldnt move for days and I am still walking like an old lady. Pppl in town are starting to think Jayson abuses me or something and he feels so bad watching me struggle though the day. I finally gave up the ambein and now use meletonin and it works just as well. Plus I was sleep walking with the ambien a nd dong all kinds of wierd stuff like talking ppl that werent there and moving around doing things when I didnt have anything in my hands even !!!! going through all the motions of playing a game Im so glad I didnt fall down the stairs. I have used ambien for 6 years with no problems and then this happens. But I am off kilter on my feet and I have the heavy feeling in my legs and I have problem with stars and unfortunely I live in a townhouse with 15 stairs to go up and down everyday!!!
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