balance problems....am I the only one?

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myjoy
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   Posted 6/22/2009 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Two weeks ago, I fell twice in one day, trying to use my basement stairs. I bruised my shoulder pretty badly. Now yesterday, I fell at the car wash, and really wrenched my ankle, back, ribs and neck...not to mention bruised knees. I was busy icing everything last night. This morning, my ribs are killing me.

Anyway, am I just a klutz, or is this a real fibro problem? It's kind of scary. I can't seem to "catch" myself at all. When I start to fall, I'm going down. Any suggestions? Is this a thing that others have trouble with? Thanks for your help.
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boo32
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   Posted 6/22/2009 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
hi,
I can def identify with that. I have a lot of trouble passing things without bashing into them and constantly have bruises on my arms and legs.
My workmates find it really funny that i can't get through the doorway without falling into it.
I also feel thet if i turn around too fast it takes my brain a few seconds to turn after my body, that's the only way i can describe it.
Despite such spacial awareness problems i continue with sports. Cycling is one of my main ones, i find it helps a little, i do fall off/run into things more than others but i have learnt to accept it.
It's a complete pain in the ass, but what choice do we have i suppose  My husband has declared me a disaster area. we try to joke about it. :-)
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tyno3
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   Posted 6/22/2009 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Yup. I fell backwards out of the shower last week. Frequently fall when walking the dogs, if they suddenly lunge. Trip over any little rock in my path. I think some days, especially ("Fibrofog days"), are worse than others. Also, one must remain cognizant of medication effects. After I take my sleep meds, I cannot attempt anything more strenuous than shifting pillows around. Even a stroll to B.R. can be dangerous. Best to have a clear path and leave BR light on at night. (For me anyway).

boo32
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   Posted 6/22/2009 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
hi,
the dog gets me everytime. I'm gonna get a smaller one and leave the monster of an alsatian for the hubbie to exercise, altho i do manage to run him when i'm on the bike and he helps pull me up the hills.
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myjoy
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   Posted 6/22/2009 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
tyno3 said...
Yup. I fell backwards out of the shower last week. Frequently fall when walking the dogs, if they suddenly lunge. Trip over any little rock in my path. I think some days, especially ("Fibrofog days"), are worse than others. Also, one must remain cognizant of medication effects. After I take my sleep meds, I cannot attempt anything more strenuous than shifting pillows around. Even a stroll to B.R. can be dangerous. Best to have a clear path and leave BR light on at night. (For me anyway).

Weird thing is - these things happened when I wasn't even taking a hydrocodone. You are right about my night time trazodone - I really have to watch it after I take that.
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Bella Scarlett
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   Posted 6/22/2009 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Herecme.medscape.com/viewarticle/445110 is an article that says fibro sufferers tend to be more accident prone. I started researching this because lately, I'm either tripping, bumping into or just plain hurting myself in some way.

Hope you feel better!

poodles
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   Posted 6/22/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have always been accident prone. Even as a child, I think. Yet another reason I think I have always had fibro.
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Marlee2
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   Posted 6/22/2009 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I use to be as surefooted as a mountain goat and now I can trip on a piece of lint. I've been very lucky that I've only had one bad fall. Walking outside in the yard is the worse for me.
 
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myjoy
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   Posted 6/22/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, everyone, for your responses. At least I know I'm not alone.
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Stari
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   Posted 6/22/2009 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok instead of saying we have fibroymaliga can we call it the "Webble Wobble" sydrome?
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Binki
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Count me in! Uff da!
I hate when I can't keep my balance. It happens more frequently when I'm in a flare. I, like Boo32, workmates must think I'm 'highly' medicated. I catch my feet on just about every rug in my house too. I haven't taken a total spill yet, times I could have, but my daughter and my dh have been around to hold their arms out or hang on to a desk or counter.
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noklu
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to think it was just my meds (oxycodone, vicadin & flexeril at the same time. But my husband tells me when I am in a flare I am really bad regardless of meds. I also get so spacie its like I'm not even in my body. The scary thing is I sometimes don't even realize it. Its hard to explain fibro fog to someone who has no idea what you are talking about. I use a cane, and there have been lots of times when I trip over it.

Balance is a challenge, and I can be a walking disaster (just like my mom used to say).

Hugs to all the vertically challenged.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 6/22/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I especially enjoy bumping into walls.  I must, since I do that frequently!  LOL  But, now I am very careful when I walk.  I have osteoporosis and can't afford to be falling.  Just take time to watch where you are going.
 
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Bella Scarlett
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   Posted 6/22/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
My hubby keeps telling me to slow down. I tend to move very quickly and get myself into a predicament.

WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 6/22/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah i'm plagued by Fallsoveralot ... but I usually manage to catch myself with a tender point on the nearest sharp corner of furniture.
I also tend to remain seated and stationary after taking pain pills, since that unbalances me a lot more!

Southernlady
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   Posted 6/22/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I surely have been a fibromite for years.  I always thought of myself as being "Klutzy" and my dh has been so patient with me falling.  I've done everything from tripping going up stairs to falling out of a paddle boat backwards.  Actually we've had a lot of laughs about it because I've never hurt myself very bad, but caused a lot of unwanted attention.
 
When I look back on my life, I've probably had fibro for at least 25 years.
 
I'm just glad to know there's a reason for all my accidents.
 
 
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MrsCavbar
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   Posted 6/22/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL Stari, the other morning there was a Weeble Wobble commercial on, my 4 y/o said "That's just like you Mommy, but you fall down"
I'm not sure what happens to me or why, I'll be walking just fine or standing, and then all of a sudden, I'm trying to hang on to something because I'm falling, feels like the earth is moving beneath me or something.
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Stari
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   Posted 6/22/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
MrsCavBar
I read the post about what your son said and that where I got it from. Your son has just created another name for fibro.... "Weeble Wobble" syndrome. LOL
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QTKaren
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   Posted 6/22/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I have fallen more times then you could know.  I have had a bruised kidney,broken ribs and horrible bruises that needed attention.  Most were from Ambien.  I got so wiped out from that,that I was fallling on a nightly basis too the dangerous side.  I still trip and walk into walls and fall over backwards about once or twice a week but not almost killing myself.  Now I take melatonin and it seems to be working.  BTW my keyboard crapped out on me so I havent been able to post grrrrrrrrr I hate that when it happens!!  I am staying at my daughters right now and no its not cause I need too with Jayson we are really good right now but I missed the kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I still have a bunch of bruises and I think I always will specially with my stoke side being weak and I always trip on that side.  But seriously look at the meds you take and what times you take them.  I even get a little loopy when I take my pain meds but it doesnt last long and I just have to be careful,but even so a real klutz for sure to the point were everyone makes fun of me at family get togethers and looks for any new buises or bumps lol.
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   Posted 6/22/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't take pain meds, not because I don't want to, but because none of them, including narcotics, work! However I have lots of trouble being klutzy. I used to be so graceful, I was a dancer (not professionally). Now one of my biggest troubles is when I am bellydancing we do lots of spins. Once I got dizzy and fell down in the middle of a dance. During practice fortunately. If it gets better, I'll let you know. Diane
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nurse2
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   Posted 6/22/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I fall often too and can't get though doorways without hitting the wall. I just fell at my daughter's home in Jan. and next week have to have my rotator cuff and labram cuts repaired surgically July 1st. This is the second time I have torn the rotator duff on the left arm. Before I had both knees replaced I was falling quite a bit. The doc threatened to put an innertube on me because he did 5 surgeries on me in a 3 yr. period. My biggest problem is memory and being able to come up with the correct words when I need them. Sometimes can see a dog, touch the dog but could not say the word "dog" to save my lifel Welcome to the world of weirdness. We're glad to
have you! (:
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evolving
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
i also have trouble with my balance. with that and the confusion and slurred speech i feel like i want to get a t-shirt printed with"NO..........I AM NOT DRUNK!!!!!....but thanks for your concern" i used to laugh at the stupid "hover round" commercials, but i find myself looking longingly at them. i am determined not to get to the place where i will need one...to me it signifies ive given up. so guess its more soreness and bruising for me!!peace to all.  

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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I would be rolling on the floor laughing if it wouldn't hurt too much to do it. I just read the highlights of the above to my wife and we both had some great chuckles.

I walk with a fairly heavy cane, both for support and to help with ballance. And will still end up brushing walls and doorways. A Neurologist told me he did not see why Fibro would cause this or cause tremors. If I decide to see him again I will tell him about this thread for sure.

:-)

SarahBear9708
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   Posted 6/22/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Balance issues? I know that well. My fiance (back when we lived in the dorms) used to ask me if I had been drinking...and would be surprised when I'd tell him no. I do tend to fall, trip, etc alot. People have always told me I'm accident prone, now I know why! Of course, I also pass out alot...but I suppose that's a totally different thing....but let me tell you, it's much scarier!
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Littleneck
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   Posted 6/23/2009 12:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I realized just recently that I can't close my eyes in the shower unless I'm holding on to the wall, or I fall over backwards. I tried it several times, and it was similar each time. That never used to be. Not that you could ever call me "Grace" before, but it is noticeably different now.
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