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Frequent falls

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:30 am
by gary1955
I have recently encountererd problems maintaining my balance and have taken a couple of falls. I have noticed my legs are getting weaker and it is getting much harder to walk small distances. Is this common with LE? I'm pretty sure I have arthritis in my legs so I'm sure this is contributing to the problem as is my weight.

falling

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:17 pm
by suzeeq
Hi Gary, sorry about your falls. It did remind me of a period 3 years ago when I kept falling. My LE symptoms first started in 2002, but I wasn't actually diagnosed until 2004. I was a normal weight and used to walking at least 2 miles a day, but I fell 4 times in a 6 day period. Then an additional 2 times a few months later. I talked myself into believing that there were logical reasons for the falls, which was true in a way. The first 3 times were in the same day while I was hiking down a mountain. It was a rocky path and I told myself that I had old tennis shoes on and the soles were worn out causing me to slip on the rocks. The fourth time, I fell over my dishwasher! That was just stupid and I can't blame LE for that. but it sent me to the doctor with mild whiplash. Ridiculous I know. The fifth time, I missed stepping up on my deck, causing a gash in my leg. thankfully not my affected leg. And the last time, I was at an October fest, was walking downhill on pavement, slipped and fell. I was so embarrassed because I know everyone thought that I had had too much to drink, but I only had one glass of wine. But looking back on 5 of these incidents, I believe that LE was a factor, due to balance being off, especially since the LE is only in one leg. I still walk daily and don't have your arthritic or weight problems. If you are unable to walk, maybe a stationary bike might be of benefit to you, to increase your muscle tone in your legs. I hope you didn't hurt yourself when you fell. Take care. Susan