Falling for no apparent reason

Posted by callalily74 @callalily74, Aug 11, 2016

I’m 75, active, female, and constantly falling for seemingly no reason. I just fall! Three times already this week. In one fall, I split my ear and required 8 stitches. No dizziness, etc.
I need falling prevention classes in Seacoast NH. I am getting very worried that one of these falls will result in serious injury. Perhaps I need some kind of testing. Tomorrow, I’m going to an ENT doctor who was referred to me by a doctor at the Urgent Care Clinic who said my ear was infected. The ENT receptionist said maybe he’ll refer me to an audiologist or optometrist to do balance, inner ear testing, etc. Does that sound about right to anybody who knows what I’m talking about. Remember, no lightheadedness or dizziness, etc. I take several medications for depression, anxiety, cholesterol, etc, but my mind does not feel foggy or cloudy.

Please help me find an appropriate doctor specializing in this issue. Or a suitable class or program. I am getting scared now. It happens too much. I only was really hurt once so far when I split my ear when I fell, but I know it can happen any time now and maybe disable me, or worse.

Please help me. I’ll be here to see any posts all day today and am free to answer any questions you may have.

My cousin has been following three or four times a week. She has weakness in her left leg which we assumed it was brought on from a previous sciatic nerve surgery and the surgeon nicked his sciatic nerve. She refused any further surgery regarding this. That was six years ago she has Declined since that time by falling frequently. The doctors have center to PT which job for a little bit and now she’s back to following three or four times a day I made up a week. What test should be performed to see what damage has been done to that leg? She does say that before she falls her legs start shaking and so she knows she’s going to fall but can’t avoid it. She has a walker she has a scooter all those things but like today all she was doing was reaching down to pick something up and fell Doctors don’t seem to be interested in running any further test for some reason and see what is going on or if there’s nerve damage and that lady or neuropathy is something that’s causing your falls

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@cleopatra2548

My cousin has been following three or four times a week. She has weakness in her left leg which we assumed it was brought on from a previous sciatic nerve surgery and the surgeon nicked his sciatic nerve. She refused any further surgery regarding this. That was six years ago she has Declined since that time by falling frequently. The doctors have center to PT which job for a little bit and now she’s back to following three or four times a day I made up a week. What test should be performed to see what damage has been done to that leg? She does say that before she falls her legs start shaking and so she knows she’s going to fall but can’t avoid it. She has a walker she has a scooter all those things but like today all she was doing was reaching down to pick something up and fell Doctors don’t seem to be interested in running any further test for some reason and see what is going on or if there’s nerve damage and that lady or neuropathy is something that’s causing your falls

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@cleopatra2548 l have also been falling since 1997 but the doctors really can't figure out why. I fell and torn my ACLU and knocked over mannequin, talking pictures with my family, getting our of bed to go to the bathroom and one time l fell and had to get three root canals. I been to rehab inpatient and outpatient. I fell in stores and just last week l fell at the doctors office. They were really terrified and l had to go to the hospital. I was admitted for 4days and they thought l was depressed because my mother just passed. I told them l am not depressed she was 94 and she couldn't walk, had to have help to be fed and having Alzheimer's is not the way she wanted to live and she was tired. And when you know she is in heaven and has no more pain. I am happy she doesn't have to suffer anymore that doesn't say l won't miss her but l know she is happy now. So the doctor thought l was definitely crazy. But my falling is due to my HE so l just have to pray and keep hydrated and watch my ammonia levels. I suggest you should try and gather z lifeline for hat will help if you are alone. I have one and l wea ft it when l am home alone or go OP it by myself. And l wear it or put it my purse when l go to church because l even fell there too. It's hard because you never know when it will happen. I never knew l would have so many orthopedic doctor friends. I tell them l need to get stock in there hospital
They laugh but l am serious. See if you can get a service dog also. It might help you they are expensive but some places say if you have a fundraiser for them it will go towards the cost of the dogs. I have a dog but she hasn't been trained to be a service dog but since l.kept falling in the house she follows me everywhere as nd they are definitely good company. And its neuropathy try some compression stocking. Make sure everything is clear of any items when you walk. And if you have carpet in your house make sure its stuck down firmly. I have hardwood but l will be putting carpet in my bedrooms. And l have tile in my kitchen in bathrooms so l have to see what you can get for those rooms. And also you might need a helmet to protect your head. God bless you!!!

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Callililly, This year within one month I fell twice. I fell on my back and crushed my Vertibra. It was necessary to place concrete in the area of the crushed Vertibrae. Second fall a week later on my face. I looked like I had been beaten up. I passed out the second time. I spent 3 weeks off and on in the hospital. Falling is no joke and if you are aware of the fall because you pass out then the fall is even worse. I do have inner ear issues. I was diagnosed with Minears in about 2006 Dr. simply do not know how to treat this disease. I came within minutes of a surgery at Scripps Hospital in San Diego to place some awful thing in my head near the ear. I heard the dr say "near the brain" and I said NOPE I am out of here. He was not to happy. The "thing" he was going to put in my ear was still experimental. I was so bad I almost did it. As time went on I was less affected by the Minears. But falling is serious. They think when I passed out the second time that I might have had a seizure. Who knows, no one was with me. Please take care – get up from a chair or couch, very slowly and stand for a few seconds before walking. See your heart doctor………..

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@cleopatra2548

My cousin has been following three or four times a week. She has weakness in her left leg which we assumed it was brought on from a previous sciatic nerve surgery and the surgeon nicked his sciatic nerve. She refused any further surgery regarding this. That was six years ago she has Declined since that time by falling frequently. The doctors have center to PT which job for a little bit and now she’s back to following three or four times a day I made up a week. What test should be performed to see what damage has been done to that leg? She does say that before she falls her legs start shaking and so she knows she’s going to fall but can’t avoid it. She has a walker she has a scooter all those things but like today all she was doing was reaching down to pick something up and fell Doctors don’t seem to be interested in running any further test for some reason and see what is going on or if there’s nerve damage and that lady or neuropathy is something that’s causing your falls

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Tecky, you are so funny. I agree the falling is not a joke but the circumstances that led to the fall can be serious. I have the stockings and must remember to put them on each day. I don't have the lifeline thingee. Must get one I had shots in my neck and back in the last two weeks. This next Monday I go back for shots in my neck again. If the shots do not work, I will not do surgery. It is out of the questions. Everytime I say that I end up in Surgery. But, for my back, I mean it. I would rather hurt than never walk again. Check out your heart…as soon as you can.

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@oregongirl l can relate to what you are saying. I fell so many times. I can be conscious or sometimes unconscious and right away they say l am wanting attention. I fell at church, at home depot in the mall but the most embarrassing fall was just last week at the doctors office. I know it's when my ammonia levels are high but since it already in my chart that have bipolar and schizophrenia then that's what they stick too. Even though l went to the mayo clinic and they ruled that out it already in my records. I asked the doctor at the mayo clinic if it can be taken off he said only if the doctor wants to take it off. One time when l went into the hospital because of falling they were getting ready to do a MRI and they give a medication l was having a reaction and they again thought l was faking it but a nurse told me , you know why you keep having a reaction because the meds they are giving you you are allergic too. Now nurses are really not suppose to tell you that but l was telling her l thank you so much. So everytime anyone gives me meds l always ask what it is and ask am l allergic to it. But l know sometimes l have seizures but they say l som not. So l have to educate them about the symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy and autoimmune encephalitis. I had back surgery and l really didn't want to have it because it was always said if you have it once it doesn't help or you will have to have it again. So far so good but since all the falls recently l am back in rehab. But even though l may have some issues l am still blessed. And to get my memory back after 20yrs that's a miracle. But don't let anyone tell you that you are faking it. That's an insult, nobody just want to fall it's not fun at all. Take care of yourself!!!

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Techi, well, my doctor had to convince me I fell because I passed out. The first time was my fought. I got out of bed and dogs stairs were there and I fell over them. I was going wrong way to get to the bathroom. We get confused about where we are. My issue is that my kids think I was NOT SICK. I have to agree I am NOT SICK. But I do have something wrong with me that causes the falls. The second fall was horrible. I wish you wel.

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Does anyone have any updates? Suffering from lower back/hip/pelvic issues (fusions, discectomies, si joint dysfunction….) I am randomly falling with no warning- totally conscious. I’m 37 as of yesterday And want some guidance as my ortho team doesn’t know.

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I am 52 and have had the same problem. I trip or fall all the time. I was thinking I needed to go to a neurologist because I was afraid there was something seriously wrong with me. It turns out that I have osteoarthritis in both knees. The weak knees have been causing me to fall. I had to have a total knee replacement on the right knee in May. While I was recovering, I fell when my left knee gave out landing hard on my shoulder in August and managed to tear 3 tendons and will need to have shoulder surgery soon.How are your knees? Do you have osteoarthritis.That is one possibility. After I recover form my shoulder surgery. I will need to have the left knee dom

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I am 72, trying NOT to fall again. Try Tai-chi (with your Doctors permission) Start small. After I recovered from a broken neck, and severely shattered left arm (I was in a coma for five weeks) I started Months of PT/OT. I was in the hospital for eight weeks. They say for every ONE day in the hospital, it takes 3 days to recover. I started one stair climbing, six years ago. Then 3 years ago, I fell again, (multiple compound fracture of right lower leg). That took me about a year and a half to get back to normal. For months, I could only do one step at a time. I am now up to 16 continuous flights of stairs (with no rest). I try to work out on a stationery bike 5 days a week. I do modified push ups. The main thing (told to me by my United Health Care advocate) is to respect your LIMITATIONS, PAY ATTENTION, and SLOW down. Also, check for drug interaction side effects. (2 of my prescribed meds were causing dizziness). Also, your orthostatic blood pressure may be off (causing dizziness). If you are falling all the time check for VISION problems. Depth perception (and coordination) can be affected by many things (including aging). Go outside, walk your dog 🐕 (of course if you have one). Ask for help. Have hope! Choose wisely and regularly. Don’t sit more than a couple hours without getting up. All these tips come from thousands of hours, AND thousands of dollars of therapy. Your well-being is my commitment! Dr Ron

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This is probably a long shot, but look up "cataplexy" — it's a symptom of narcolepsy where you suddenly lose muscle tone/function (often in response to a specific emotion — for me, laughter). You wouldn't have anything show up on an MRI or imaging, you'd still be conscious during the fall and there can be varying degrees of it. Can't hurt to look into it/ask your doctor or a sleep specialist, particularly if you also have a lot of fatigue or sleep issues.

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I was falling, blacking out, passing out. Turns out it's a side effect of bipolar drug Effexor. My falls seemed like mini strokes – brief blinding lightning bolt of light then BAM, down I went. I'd lose memories of the simplest things – my computer password, which key to use to lock my front door. After a week or so my brain would heal, so I'd think everything's OK. But it's not. I'm not. I applaud you 4 reaching out for help. I'm slow to ask 4 help, should have asked earlier as you are. I have crappy healthcare even in the USA, just a clinic that takes disability medicare. I have joined the class action lawsuit against Effexor. I may not live long enough to reap any financial gain, but I want the world to be aware of Effexor's poison. Shame on them 4 making millions of dollars at our expense. I have an adorable 2 year old grandson but am not physically healthy enough or mentally aware enough to interact with him. Shame, shame shame

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@oregongirl

Techi, well, my doctor had to convince me I fell because I passed out. The first time was my fought. I got out of bed and dogs stairs were there and I fell over them. I was going wrong way to get to the bathroom. We get confused about where we are. My issue is that my kids think I was NOT SICK. I have to agree I am NOT SICK. But I do have something wrong with me that causes the falls. The second fall was horrible. I wish you wel.

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@oregongirl l am sorry l didn't get back to you but just last Friday l went to see my new gp. I was getting out the car and didn't feel right so l thought if l could only get into the office it would be ok. I can tell him what's happening. Well l started walking and fell. I landed on my hands. Thank God it wasn't flat on my face. So a man came up and asked could he help me. I was going to stay there until someone came. He told me l thought you were trying to pickup your keys because l did have th hem in my hand. So he got me a wheelchair and l saw the new doctor and he asked me what can l do for you. I told him l was coming for a follow up from the hospital and also to meet him as my new doctor. Then he was being honest saying l really can't help you with this. I didn't go to school for this and this is not my speciality. So he said l needed to talk to my hematologist about these falls cause it has to do with your liver because l copied my illness and symptoms online to show him it wasn't a mental illness
And then he asked me if l have a neurologist. I told him no. For some reason they have on my chart l had a TIA. I don't know when this happened. So l can't wait to go back to the mayo clinic and then in November l am going to Virginia. I am also going to talk to my niece to find out if there is a doctor in Oklahoma or close by who knows about autoimmune encephalitis/ encephalopathy disease. Otherwise I can only take one time at a time.

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@techi

@oregongirl l am sorry l didn't get back to you but just last Friday l went to see my new gp. I was getting out the car and didn't feel right so l thought if l could only get into the office it would be ok. I can tell him what's happening. Well l started walking and fell. I landed on my hands. Thank God it wasn't flat on my face. So a man came up and asked could he help me. I was going to stay there until someone came. He told me l thought you were trying to pickup your keys because l did have th hem in my hand. So he got me a wheelchair and l saw the new doctor and he asked me what can l do for you. I told him l was coming for a follow up from the hospital and also to meet him as my new doctor. Then he was being honest saying l really can't help you with this. I didn't go to school for this and this is not my speciality. So he said l needed to talk to my hematologist about these falls cause it has to do with your liver because l copied my illness and symptoms online to show him it wasn't a mental illness
And then he asked me if l have a neurologist. I told him no. For some reason they have on my chart l had a TIA. I don't know when this happened. So l can't wait to go back to the mayo clinic and then in November l am going to Virginia. I am also going to talk to my niece to find out if there is a doctor in Oklahoma or close by who knows about autoimmune encephalitis/ encephalopathy disease. Otherwise I can only take one time at a time.

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Yeah, that's it! TIA. I thot I had 2 mini strokes but it turns out its a nasty side effect of Effexor called "brain zaps". I just joined a class action lawsuit. I may not live thru all the court proceedings but perhaps it will cause this nasty drug 2b taken off the market. & if there's any financial compensation my granddaughter can spend it on college tuition.

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@stlouisgmajenn l was talking 2 meds that were recalled and the doctor didn't know and after the headquarter pharmacy told me there h as d a been a recall on the meds, then they said talk to your local pharmacy and they will tell you. I called the pharmacy 3 times to ask them was there any recalls on my meds and told them where l got the information they said no. Then l went to pickup my meds and l still didn't know which med it was l asked them and they said there was no recall. Thank God for wisdom l found out 2 were recalled. I had to tell my doctor to change my meds. Then l can't take any meds with acetaminophen and this was on my allergy list since 2014. I was given 2 prescription with acetaminophen. Then when l was in the hospital l have on all my allergy list l am allergic to aspirin and my lovely hematologist said l can take aspirin. I ended up with bruises like l always get when l have taken aspirin and l had this on my list since 2005. So l always tell people check your meds and the ingredients in it because it might not say outright what you are allergic to but has the same ingredients. And when doctors think you are not having a reaction to a med then you are labeled as being mental. I have been on an antidepressant and l really shouldn't have been on it as long as l was and they took me off but it messed up my liver. So now l am only on high blood pressure meds and lactulose for constipation to get the toxins out of my body. And l forgot 2 inhalers for asthma. Now l just brought several books from doctors who talk about natural health remedies. So l am going to get started on this because I remember growing up we used natural remedies and my children use to may fun but now they are doing the same. And l definitely have to trust God because several times l lost my life.

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@techi

@stlouisgmajenn l was talking 2 meds that were recalled and the doctor didn't know and after the headquarter pharmacy told me there h as d a been a recall on the meds, then they said talk to your local pharmacy and they will tell you. I called the pharmacy 3 times to ask them was there any recalls on my meds and told them where l got the information they said no. Then l went to pickup my meds and l still didn't know which med it was l asked them and they said there was no recall. Thank God for wisdom l found out 2 were recalled. I had to tell my doctor to change my meds. Then l can't take any meds with acetaminophen and this was on my allergy list since 2014. I was given 2 prescription with acetaminophen. Then when l was in the hospital l have on all my allergy list l am allergic to aspirin and my lovely hematologist said l can take aspirin. I ended up with bruises like l always get when l have taken aspirin and l had this on my list since 2005. So l always tell people check your meds and the ingredients in it because it might not say outright what you are allergic to but has the same ingredients. And when doctors think you are not having a reaction to a med then you are labeled as being mental. I have been on an antidepressant and l really shouldn't have been on it as long as l was and they took me off but it messed up my liver. So now l am only on high blood pressure meds and lactulose for constipation to get the toxins out of my body. And l forgot 2 inhalers for asthma. Now l just brought several books from doctors who talk about natural health remedies. So l am going to get started on this because I remember growing up we used natural remedies and my children use to may fun but now they are doing the same. And l definitely have to trust God because several times l lost my life.

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You lost your life?

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