Balance and falling a lot

Posted by callalily74 @callalily74, May 27, 2016

I’m 75. My right hip was diagnosed by one doctor as bursitis. I had pain there. Other doctors refuted that diagnosis. Anyway, that right leg is much weaker than my left. It’s hard to describe, but I can just feel it’s weaker. In addition, when I move a certain way (I don’t know what I do), I get a sharp pain in the crease between my thigh and groin. The big thing is I walk into walls and stuff, and I fall down very often, for seemingly no reason. I just topple over-any direction, anywhere. I’m wondering if anyone else has these symptoms and if they went to a doctor about it, and what specialty it should be. I don’t want to be given a bunch of tests that all come out negative, and the doctor knows nothing. I can’t usually walk too far at one time, sometimes, i.e. around a mall.
I’d be grateful for any input about this.

@overcomer11

@callalily74
Do you feel off balance like you are walking on a boat or like you go to turn the corner and your leg goes forward but your head seems to weigh 100lbs and you pitch backward or sideways? You bump into walls and fall down doing some of the simplest things? Like you were intoxicated but you’ve not had a drop of anything to drink? If so, it could be similar to what I got. I went to Mayo to get a full diagnosis back in 2014.

Jump to this post

The “imbalance” part was diagnosed as Chronic Subjective Dizziness. Basically my brain/body is hyper sensitive to the movement of my head and objects around me. I have other diagnosi that go along with it that exasterbate it but it occurs alone as well.

REPLY
@colleenyoung

@callalily74 I just found this information on Mayo Clinic’s main website about balance problems and the possible causes http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/balance-problems/symptoms-causes/dxc-20166190 It may be helpful when preparing for your appointment with a neurologist.

Jump to this post

Thank you for your answer to my balance question. I went to the Mayo website you noted here and I will be looking to see a Neurologist during my visit to the Clinic in October. Bob @ Carver2000

REPLY
@colleenyoung

@callalily74 I just found this information on Mayo Clinic’s main website about balance problems and the possible causes http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/balance-problems/symptoms-causes/dxc-20166190 It may be helpful when preparing for your appointment with a neurologist.

Jump to this post

Welcome @carver2000. I’m glad that this discussion has provided some clarity to your balance questions and that you have an appointment to address the issues. I always recommend taking the time to keep a journal of your symptoms up until you see the specialist as this can help answer the questions that will be asked of you. You might also think of preparing questions for the physician beforehand as well. What type of things would you want to ask?

REPLY
@colleenyoung

@callalily74 I just found this information on Mayo Clinic’s main website about balance problems and the possible causes http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/balance-problems/symptoms-causes/dxc-20166190 It may be helpful when preparing for your appointment with a neurologist.

Jump to this post

Good suggestions….I’ll Start on both and be ready for Oct.

REPLY
@ladyjane85

Try a neurologist first – ladyjane85

Jump to this post

I am happy you found the problem. Sometimes even doctors feel were kidding or just looking for attention when we tell them somethings wrong, and when they do a simple test that shows nothing there, well they feel its enough and they don’t need to dig any further. Well thats not true, their the doctor for a reason, no matter how they feel or see us as a patient. I hate going to doctors, i hate the ones that are condescending and feel they know my body better by asking me 3 or 4 questions and write it off as nothing. i do research on my doctors, than after I get all the info. I choose whom I want to see from the portfolio I have. Oh yes I dig like I want my doctor who is going to treat me .If they aren’t interested, Well I keep looking. There are very good doctors out there. Talk to fiends, ask neighbors, call their medical field and request names, do research, than find the doctor you want, the one who will dig and not just blow you off.

REPLY
@ladyjane85

Try a neurologist first – ladyjane85

Jump to this post

Hey Callalilly:
When you go to your doctors, before you leave their office, sign a release for information and have their office give you a copy of your records. those are your records, that way you have all the information you need for future doctors, and its with you. Don’t give them the originals, let them make copies. I have all my records at home in a medical file, and when I go to a new doctor I take them with me. It’s so much easier, and you don’t need about the doctors, neurosurgeons etc. not having your records.

REPLY

I have just joined this list and have read the balance issue presented by callalilly74. Did you get a diagnosis and treatment for your problem? I, too fall seemingly with no reason like tripping or stumbling when walking. I just fall from a standing position. I’m going to physical therapy and making slow progress. I walk with a walker. Been to several doctors and been given what I call “non-answers”. Hope callalilly74 found help and that someone will share it with me

REPLY
@colleenyoung

Welcome @callalily74.
I can understand the reluctance to going through a battery of tests. It must disconcerting to fall so often and I’m sure you want to get to the bottom of this. I’m tagging several other members to join this conversation. @beck @rosesareredmylove2016 @channab84 @oceanfun1 @kathyzendner @donna3 have all written about falling or dealing with imbalance issues recently. The causes of these symptoms vary quite a bit, but I thought you might interested in reading their posts and hearing from them.

Jump to this post

I know it is very scary. Flying through the air with no control and I always had injuries one of which is in my wrist and never healed. I went to all the round of doctors one can imagine to get answers and physical therapy. One thing that did emerge is I was walking on the heels not using my toes to walk and it did help a great deal when I started walking on my entire foot. Also I began to reflect. It takes as you know a lot of time to connect what happens to make one feel unbalanced. Even knowing at times when I was feeling a bit unbalanced took work and time to learn awareness. For me it takes stopping and doing an assessment even when I feel I can trudge forward. I have fibromylgia, neuropathy and migraines. All of which cause pain. . My son who lives on the opposite coast but chats everyday said I think you fall when you have mentioned to me that you are in significant pain even after taking medication that day. . I wondered if the pain was connected to my falls. So I went to my internist and asked her if she would increase my pain meds on a trial basis to see if it would help. I did find that living without pain as much as possible made a big difference. I also had my eyes checked and changed my prescription. I still get dizzy but now I am much more aware of my body and when I get dizzy I meditate and stop doing things. I just make it a rest day. Sometimes it may be a three day rest day but it beats falling. The dizzy spells seemed to be associated to when I try and get things done such as clean the house. So cleaning the house now is a major project as I have to separate it over many days. Physical labor of any kind is a challenge. I have had to really change my expectations of what I can do. I am very lucky that while I have stumbled I have not fallen in some time. I am able to stretch my arms out straight and realign my body which makes my balance return. Even a new pair of shoes was a trigger. I stumbled on the stairs so those boots are gone. Too bad I really liked them.
Hope this maybe helps a little.
Best wishes.

REPLY
@basa

I have just joined this list and have read the balance issue presented by callalilly74. Did you get a diagnosis and treatment for your problem? I, too fall seemingly with no reason like tripping or stumbling when walking. I just fall from a standing position. I’m going to physical therapy and making slow progress. I walk with a walker. Been to several doctors and been given what I call “non-answers”. Hope callalilly74 found help and that someone will share it with me

Jump to this post

Welcome @basa. I hope that @callalily74 will return to tell us more about her diagnosis with respect to falling a lot. We haven’t heard from her for a while.
In the meantime, we look forward to getting to know you a bit better. What tests have you had done and what specialists have you seen about the issue? Is this a recent problem that started suddenly?

REPLY
@basa

I have just joined this list and have read the balance issue presented by callalilly74. Did you get a diagnosis and treatment for your problem? I, too fall seemingly with no reason like tripping or stumbling when walking. I just fall from a standing position. I’m going to physical therapy and making slow progress. I walk with a walker. Been to several doctors and been given what I call “non-answers”. Hope callalilly74 found help and that someone will share it with me

Jump to this post

Basa, did you see @oceanfun1‘s response here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/balance-and-falling-a-lot/?pg=1#post-246555 She posted it a bit further up in the discussion earlier today.

REPLY

Colleen invited me to this discussion. I don’t have leg pain–except now and then in winter, from fibromyalgia–but I do indeed fall a lot. I bang into walls, pieces of furniture, etc. I’m 64, but this has been going on for YEARS. My primary care had sent me to Mayo in Jacksonville, Florida, years back to determine whether I had MS. I don’t, but they did suggest I come back again in a few years to get retested. So, I need to talk to my primary care about that.

My big problem is TMJ pain, which started in about September 2016.

Hazel (@hazelblumberg)

REPLY

Hazel I too was falling a lot and hitting walls. I was tested for a lot of illnesss and then doctor put me into physical therapy. What I found was building my core for me made a huge difference. I feel centered again.
I do isometric exercises.
Something you might want to consider.
Hope you find an answer.
Sue

REPLY
@oceanfun1

Hazel I too was falling a lot and hitting walls. I was tested for a lot of illnesss and then doctor put me into physical therapy. What I found was building my core for me made a huge difference. I feel centered again.
I do isometric exercises.
Something you might want to consider.
Hope you find an answer.
Sue

Jump to this post

Sue, thanks so much for your reply! I belong to AARP, and I was reading its latest magazine. There was a section on staying healthy. In it, the author talked about balance. Could you stand on one foot, with your arms crossed over your chest, for 30 seconds? Yes, I could, with ease, and for far longer than 30 seconds. Then the author suggested that you do this, but with your eyes closed. I tipped over almost immediately. What I read was that, if this happened, you should go to your doctor and have your overall health looked at. Hmmmm. Sounds ominous. I’m going to go to Google and look for articles on balance.

Hazel

REPLY
@oceanfun1

Hazel I too was falling a lot and hitting walls. I was tested for a lot of illnesss and then doctor put me into physical therapy. What I found was building my core for me made a huge difference. I feel centered again.
I do isometric exercises.
Something you might want to consider.
Hope you find an answer.
Sue

Jump to this post

Not to worry. That is exactly how I was. Without visual cues I fell over too. The therapist prevented me from falling.
Sue

REPLY
@oceanfun1

Hazel I too was falling a lot and hitting walls. I was tested for a lot of illnesss and then doctor put me into physical therapy. What I found was building my core for me made a huge difference. I feel centered again.
I do isometric exercises.
Something you might want to consider.
Hope you find an answer.
Sue

Jump to this post

Actually that’s good to hear, Sue. When I started reading articles on balance, it seemed that, because I tip over while balancing on one leg with my eyes shut, I have ten years or less to live. That’s pretty grim. Makes me wonder how many people of ANY age can do this! And if I’ve always been klutzy, even in my tender youth, well, what does that say?

REPLY
Please login or register to post a reply.