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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/27/2009 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone here experience sudden falling? I have FM and I suffer from sudden falling when extreamly tired.
I am aware during and after the fall but can not move, or talk, or even open my eyes for a short time after falling.
The amount of time varies greatly from several seconds, to a half hour. I have had extensive nuro work, as well as endless
scans and tests. Just wondering if anyone has heard of this as it relates to fibro. Thanks.

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   Posted 7/27/2009 11:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I have fallen so often in the past that I got a power wheelchair. Two bad falls down steps and two surgeries to repair my knees have taught me that I need help. My children would ask how anyone could fall going up the staircase.

I use a cane or power wheelchair to protect myself from me. lol

Fibro throws off our balance. I do exercises in the pool to improve my valance. They help.

You can try to walk extra carefully by paying attention. Anything helps.


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   Posted 7/28/2009 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I Fibro could be defined as faulty nerve signals, as many newer pharmaceutical testing tends to want us to believe, the sudden falling kind of fits. However, I am worried that there might be something else, involved. They have ruled out :narcolepsy, or mini-strokes? I find that the Fibro makes me more susceptible to falling when I am not paying strict attention to my surroundings, new bathtub, no anti-slip mat, head over heels, banged my head on door. Also, trying to unload the car when standing in slush, boom, my feet went one way, my head another. Also, a rut in the grass, or small step down out of store, only a couple inches incline but down, I went. I find things flying out of my hands, like a cup I'm holding is more common for me than falling all the way down. However, if they've ruled out all the usual suspects, well, then I guess Fibro fits. Most commonly, I attribute it to Fibro-fog. I can be doing something by remote control, not engaging my brain, totally unaware of what I'm doing. Just like a zombie.

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   Posted 7/28/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pj and welcome. I've been lucky and have only had one big fall since having fibro (knock on wood) but I have had many close calls. When I get over tired I feel like a zombie and it is an effort to do anything, that is when I hit the couch for awhile. I have passed out and had many times when I've almost passed out from having stomach cramps which they still don't have an answer for, I had some test last week but don't have the results yet. It could be vasovagal nerve syndrome for me. It causes a sudden drop in BP. Since you have had so many test done maybe it is part of fibro, who knows.
I'm glad you joined us. Read the fibro 101 thread, first on first page, it contains lots of great info.
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   Posted 7/28/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all for the replies. I have been checked for narcolepsy and sudden blood pressure changes by wearing a monitor. The falls are not acidential or from dizziness. They are truly a complete sudden loss of useful muscles. I think I can't move after these falls because I am litteraly too weak. They are much worse after phsical activity or some stressful draining event or string of days. I have fallen down stairs, in the check out line of stapels, and even into a fire once. (Luckily I was not alone and did not suffer any lasting dammage).  I am a student now, completing my mechanical engineering degree, and I look foward to a full time job again.
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   Posted 7/28/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Pjlfoe, and welcome!  I sure would be pressing my doctor about falling.  Have you been checked for other illnesses?  I've never fallen because my muscles just gave out so I'm concerned with what you are writing.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum.  There are links to good info including a link to What Else Could It Be?  The symptoms of fibromyalgia mimic other illnesses and they need to be ruled out first.  I do hope you get some answers soon.  That not only has to be frightening but quite dangerous for you too!
I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  Let us know what you find out.  I hope to hear more from you soon.
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