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   Posted 6/6/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

I fell on our basement stairs, twice, yesterday. The first time jamming my foot, the second one was worse and I hit my bad shoulder that I injured in a fall 2yrs ago. Today I'm bruised up and in pain.

Anyway, I think I'm getting more clutzy each day. This is something I haven't talked with a doctor about. Is there anything that can be done for this - or are we just stuck with our clutziness? I'm curious what other's doctors have said.

owww, it hurts to type.
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   Posted 6/6/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay. As we grow older we are more clutzy like in general. Fibromyalgia and other conditions can make it worse.

However, if we exercise regularly our balance improves.

You are normal. lol


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   Posted 6/6/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have always been a clutzy person. I have learned to make light of it. In school, when I would trip over nothing and almost fall flat on my face, I would laugh and kick at the air and say loudly, "Stupid air! Gosh!" I got strange looks over it, but I didn't care. I did the same with other inanimate objects the I would run into or trip over. LOL.
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decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
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   Posted 6/6/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
My physical therapist has me balancing on one foot for 30 seconds. This is supposed to help my balance.

psst ... Dani ... have you tried getting shoes from Footsmart? They have lots of comfy shoes that are less obvious.

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   Posted 6/6/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Dani, try the walking company too. Also Clarks pr!vos has some cute comfy heels.
Joy, ask your doc about the falling. Could be a lot of reasons for it that he or she can help you with.

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   Posted 6/6/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Really should mention to your doctor that you are falling -- I do it, too, but don't know if it's fibro or age or both. Seems to be a balance problem, but it hits me unexpectedly.......... My doctor told me to keep a journal about it, so we could pin down if additional testing might be needed. She thinks it's mostly fibro, though, for right now.
I have tried very hard to stay more alert to my surroundings and how I feel when I change around. I haven't fallen quite as much since I started doing that.
Hang in there! Literally and figuratively!
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   Posted 6/7/2009 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
HELLO... I use to fall all the time. I went to my FOOT doctor. I got orthotic inserts and now I don't fall except when I'm in bare feet. Even then I just whobble.

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   Posted 6/7/2009 4:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I notice that I get dizzy and fall when I am exposed to a chemical that I am sensitive to. I try to keep my house as "clean" and perfume free.
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   Posted 6/7/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Myjoy, I use to be very sure-footed, think I could have walked a tight rope. Then came this thing called fibro and now I can trip over a piece of lent, lose my balance just standing and walk like I'm tipsy. I'm so glad we moved when we did to a house with no stairs. I have only taken one bad fall since having fibro, tripped over sweeper cord in our bedroom and hit my head on the corner of an open drawer, I have a dent in my head from it. I don't think I've ever asked my doc about the balance problem. Please be carefull and hope you heal fast.
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   Posted 6/7/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I have thought all my life that I was clutzy.  I don't know if it's due to Fibro or if I was born that way. 
I'm glad to know that I'm not by myself.  I also have a problem of dripping or spilling something down the front of me while eating.  Although I try very carefully I still have accidents.  I always keep some wet ones in the glove compartment because I'm always having to clean my front up.
Sometimes I even fall up the stairs.  When we carry groceries in I have to climb about 6 stairs on our back deck.  No telling how many times I have fell up them and dropped things behind the steps.
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   Posted 6/7/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, everyone for your comments. I think I'm going to talk with my doctor about it.
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