Falling

Posted by oceanfun1 @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.

@trouble4343

Don’t be scared.Knowledge is power!

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Of course you are right. Thank you for reminding me.

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@trouble4343

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

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When my tremor got bad enough to look stuff up about it, I learned that people with Parkinson’s have tremor at rest, like when their hands are in their lap. People with “benign” essential tremor, which is my type (thanks, Mom!) have what’s called an intention tremor-the harder I try to do something the more difficult it gets. This is totally maddening especially when the earring I’ve tried 3 times to put in gets dropped on the floor twice. Eye makeup is a lost cause.
I don’t have a citation for this distinction and I can’t make a medical diagnosis but I thought you’d be interested.

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@trouble4343

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

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Yes, I know all about essential tremor. I do have Parkinson’s but I have essential tremor worse. We tried Mysoline to settle it down, but it only worked for a little while. Now I am in the process of going off Mysoline so I can go on Propranolol (SP?) I’ll be ready by the middle of the week.But of course the new med will cause problems with one of my blood pressure meds, so it will probably have to be changed. I also have bipolar disorder so every new med must be checked with all the meds I am on for that. I have been taking Sinemet for a long time and it didn’t do anything for the tremor. I now wonder if it is doing anything for me at all, but I hate to stop it in case it is keeping some other Parkinson’s characteristics in under control. Don’t you just love this – for me “this” means getting old – really old!

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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.

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@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?

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@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 ­čÖé

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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

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

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@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.

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