Falling Down and new MS stuff

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   Posted 10/21/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, falling down again/still. feet feel like cinder blocks and insist on being grabbed by invisible bumps. fell soundly yesterday in a store then had a few "almost" falls in church. had my cane but doesn't always help. plus having the dropping of stuff, especially papers or thin things... which, unfortunately, includes paper money! LOL!

the worst new thing has to do with my vision. get thrown off when walking and "seeing" a flight of stairs where there are none. also, some blurring which led me to see my optician, thinking i need new glasses. i told the doctor that i have ms, and she refused to examine me. said i need to see a neuro-opthalmologist. so have appt. in philly in a couple of weeks to see doctor at wills eye hospital. seeing neuro later that same day. they're both part of jefferson hospital.

sigh, what next?


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   Posted 10/21/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Linda,
   Good luck with your appointments and I hope things improve for you.  The opthamologist is the best one to see for eye problems as the optician is only trained for glasses and contacts not problems of the eye itself. 
    Have you considered perhaps getting a walker?  It's not gonna help you from dropping things of course but it might give you more stability.  They have some really nice ones with seats even that might benefit you greatly if you feel yourself having some trouble. 
    Let us know how things go!
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   Posted 10/21/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Linda,
Falling down is definitely not a good thing.  Kimber made a good suggestion with the walker.  The one she is describing is commonly called a rollator.  Google it and take a look.  You may also want to consider fore arm crutches.  If you opt for either of these you may want to see a physical therapist for a bit of training. Good luck with your appointments and let us know how you are doing. 
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   Posted 10/24/2007 12:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I agree also with the walker or forearm crutches. I was falling constantly because of vertigo and sudden weakness in my legs....tried the cane but that wasn't supporting me enough when I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride. I use the forearm crutches which "brace" me really well when the road starts heaving.
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   Posted 10/24/2007 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Linda

I just wanted to chime in and agree with the others here. Please do look into the walker options, but do see a pt for help with 'learning' to use it. I know it would seem a bit useless at first sight, but there are considerations pertinent to u'r gait and other physical outline that need to be accounted for. Please do let us know how u'r appts go and how u are. I'm sorry to see u'r here for probs, but am glad to see u nonetheless. Take good care friend!
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