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Falling

Posted by @oceanfun1, Jun 9, 2016

I have had two falls in the last month. The doctors are asking me why I am falling so much. Well I am wondering if anyone has had the experience of excessive pain causing dizziness and/or falling. One of the falls happened when I was very tired from being on a trip. I thought I was okay and then I bent to open a mail locker the key stuck and I lost my balance. About 4 weeks later I let go of the railing and fell down the stairs. I was tired again and having difficulty with pain management. Now I am trying to recovery from two falls. I have two brain injuries, neuropathy, fibromylgia and migraines. The doctor is keeping my hydrocodene at 2 tablets of 500/325. My pain level ranges from 7.5 to 10 daily. It is never below 7.5.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts you may have.

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@trouble4343

My many falls eventually led the Docs to suspect Parkinson’s – and they
were right.

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A kindred spirit! I have bipolar 2, fibromyalgia, and am on something like 12 different meds. New.doctors act annoyed at that- it’s always “you’re on so many meds” in a disapproving tone. It’s probably because they have to remember all that pharmacology from med school. I’ve used mysoline-didn’t work all that well-and propranolol pills, which worked but got my BP so low I got dizzy. Sigh. My husband’s an ophthalmologist. They use beta-blockers, as drops, to low eye pressure in glaucoma. He brought me some timolol to try. I like the eyedrops because they take the edge off the tremor but I tolerate them better than the pills. We do have to get creative.

@trouble4343

My many falls eventually led the Docs to suspect Parkinson’s – and they
were right.

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Yes, where do I get a husband?

@trouble4343

My many falls eventually led the Docs to suspect Parkinson’s – and they
were right.

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Not on this site…

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@trouble4343

My many falls eventually led the Docs to suspect Parkinson’s – and they
were right.

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LOL 🙂

As we get older, our systems change. I noticed that last November when I blacked out while getting my morning medicine and broke my hip in two places. After surgery came rehabilitation and then getting back to as normal as possible. Oxycodone was used at times during four hour prescription times to control Pain. Physical Therapy had a number of therapy excercises to tr and help me regain what I had lost. One of the most noted items was the location of Sciatica which could cause undue pain. Even at the present time, I try to excercise by walking, so as to ciculate blood throughout m system. It often helps reduce the pain, but age and other systematic items can interfere. Seek someone with exerience in deaing with pain so as to lessen pain where possible, understand system changes and not over use pain medications.

irvkay312

@irvkay312

As we get older, our systems change. I noticed that last November when I blacked out while getting my morning medicine and broke my hip in two places. After surgery came rehabilitation and then getting back to as normal as possible. Oxycodone was used at times during four hour prescription times to control Pain. Physical Therapy had a number of therapy excercises to tr and help me regain what I had lost. One of the most noted items was the location of Sciatica which could cause undue pain. Even at the present time, I try to excercise by walking, so as to ciculate blood throughout m system. It often helps reduce the pain, but age and other systematic items can interfere. Seek someone with exerience in deaing with pain so as to lessen pain where possible, understand system changes and not over use pain medications.

irvkay312

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@irvkay312 I’m so sorry to hear that you are dealing with so much pain! Are you in a place where you can have some exercise in a pool? I find water exercise to be so helpful. I can exercise for a much longer time period without the pain. I hope that you can get some relief, you are a brave person and I wish you well! Teresa

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@irvkay312

As we get older, our systems change. I noticed that last November when I blacked out while getting my morning medicine and broke my hip in two places. After surgery came rehabilitation and then getting back to as normal as possible. Oxycodone was used at times during four hour prescription times to control Pain. Physical Therapy had a number of therapy excercises to tr and help me regain what I had lost. One of the most noted items was the location of Sciatica which could cause undue pain. Even at the present time, I try to excercise by walking, so as to ciculate blood throughout m system. It often helps reduce the pain, but age and other systematic items can interfere. Seek someone with exerience in deaing with pain so as to lessen pain where possible, understand system changes and not over use pain medications.

irvkay312

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There is no treatment except pain medication. I have examined all items. That is why they put me in Hospice. Treatment is over.

irvkay312

@irvkaky312, you know water exercise might be considered palliative care. It just offers comfort, not healing. You might ask about it. Prayers are with you! Teresa

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@colleenyoung

I’m sorry to hear that the falling has returned (continued?) Oceanfun. Did you see this thread https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/balance-and-falling-a-lot/ @rosesareredmylove2016 @overcomer11 and @dmedina71 had several thoughts to add.

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Hi Colleen, thanks for working so hard to find help for me. However, as I said before, none of those responses had a similar condition. BUT, I am being more focussed, mindful and slowing down when I do something, and I rarely fall at this time. I still swerve into doorways and walls in my house. I will be going to a neurologist in a couple of weeks. I’ve been very tied up because my husband had a heart attack and triple bypass open heart surgery on June 13. I will post what the neurologist says after my visit.

@oceanfun1

The first fall I was in pain and tired. I was doing something not that complicated on a level surface. Unfortunately it was concrete. I was bending over.
The second time I was in level 8 pain and going to get water for my pain med. I noticed something was wrong with the railing so I let go and walked down the stairs to look at it and I fell.
Just now I almost fell down the concrete steps in front my house. I am in a level 9 pain and I had taken my pain med but it had not had time to work.
I am wondering if my pain meds need to be increased. I am on two norco a day 500/325. It is difficult to get a higher dose because of all the concerns about opiates.
My pain level is never below a 7 and usually is around an 8 and moves to a 10 about one day a week.
I do have a brain injury and it could me my brain is shutting down due to pain.
I have seen my nuerologist who has no answers, my internist who asked me why it was happening and PT who said my balance was acceptable.
So if anyone has any thoughts that would be great.

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If your neurologist had no answers, did they take a blood test (normally CBC) to check for any system deficiencies; did they examine you; did you note to them, items like you’ve told us before they said “they have no answers.” Maybe it’s time to seek a Second Opinion from another doctor, Primary Care, Hematologist (blood), so they have a bese from which to analyze your problem.

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