Falls from nowhere! Any advice?

I have had a fair few falls up to now, but on sunday I seemed to “black ou” - fell and coul not get up. Then came a tremendous personal humiliation - I voided my bladder. This is the first time this has happened and "crosses a personalline " for me.

Still feeling some pain from the fall but still feeling frightened and ashamed.

Apart from talking to our excellent local PD nurses ( I have a neurology appmnt. soon), anyone with any advice?

That sounds awful. I don’t have advice, but a similar experience - I have had a couple of bad falls when I was asleep! The first thing I was aware of was flying through the air and hitting the wall. I had a hairline fracture on my nose and carpet burns on my face, as well as whiplash injuries and a bleeding nose. I am now scared of going to sleep. I have arranged everything so that it is safe, but the feeling of falling without any warning is actually the thing I am most frightened of. My GP thought it was the new meds, so cut out the bedtime dose - but then I am awake all night with RLS etc. I think anything where your body seems to ‘have a mind of its own’ and acts without warning is just terrifying.

thanks for your reply. the fear of falling is now very great. i have not sught medical advice - I have a neurolgy appmt. coming up, I think, no know that I am a bit scared that what seemed more of a blackout than a fall may indicate something additional to PD.

Thanks again for your reply. Your experiences sound truly horrible. I hope you find ways to manage this

Good luck with your appt! I think it sounds as though it may well be the side-effects of the medication. That’s what they decided with me. So make sure to ask that. If it is, then it is back to the old swings and roundabouts of the balancing act between your meds and the effects which are symptoms of the illness. It all becomes so confusing, I find it quite overwhelming at times. I would love some life that is not all about Parkinson’s - it just seems to creep in and gradually invade one’s life, so that there is nothing else! So depressing.

Hi mate sorry to hear about your falls I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 2013 I’m sure I’ve had it from about 2008. On a good day I’ll fall anything from 5 to 10 times on a bad day it’s anything from 10 to 20 I hope they can get u sorted out soon I had an appointment with my consultant 2wks ago and she thinks I might have parkinson’s + when i asked what parkinsons+was she said it was someone who doesn’t respond to any treatment so looks like I’ll be falling for a while yet any way mate good luck and keep your chin up .

I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s since 2014. My falls having increased, to now I’m having at least 4 a day. I tend to fall backwards, so far I’ve been lucky that I have not broken any bones. My body is covered in bruises and I have lost confidence scared when at home or out shopping. Waiting to see my consultant to see if I need my medication changed,. Living with Parkinson’s is terrible

Yes I so agree my falling I S getting worse again
It is also rotten that you can’t do the things you used to
Like going out shopping on your own

And not being able to ger a bacardi on a weekend

This P D is just so rotten

Don’t even drink these days so cannot blames the on the G & T’s
See my consultant early next month, hoping he will be able to advise me or at least will review my medication

Must try and stay as positive as possible!

your comment about PD invading one’s life resonates very clearly. It seems to govern every waking ( and most non waking ) moment. I now pretend with my daughter that things are better than they are… I feel gulity and and embarrassed about any incursion by PD into my time wiyh her and my granddaughter. Keeping the act going is EXHAUSTING! take care - best wishse Cled

Hi thanks for your reply. I had never heard of parkison’s +. Good lugk to you and it would be interesting to know how things go for you. Take care Cled

Thanks for your reply - sorry your falls are so frequent. Sounds horrible. Take care best wishes Cled

Hi thanks for your reply. I really appreciate you taking the time. Sorry about the weekend bacardi in particular! Take care best wishes Cled

Hello again Cled, your comment reminded me of another issue - and that is why Parkinson’s is such a ‘different’ illness in that it seems somehow shameful to have it, and we all spend exhausting hours, weeks and months trying to hide it! Why?! My friend has MS (not very obvious) and I often hear her explaining that to people when she needs a bit of help - but I myself never ever begin a sentence: ‘I have Parkinson’s’ - I may say I have a ‘bad leg’ or ‘bad hands’! It is as though if I do mention it, it will quickly take over somehow. I don’t want to ‘own’ it. I have noticed this in others too - but as I say, it only seems to apply to Parkinson’s. When people eventually know what I have, there is always an appalled silence in the air. What are they thinking, I wonder?..

You have opened a very important area of interest for me. I too have stopped trying to explain anything about PD. At the same time I follow up research as much as I can - the Journal of Clinical Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurology makes availble some research papers that have informed the treatment and support we receive from our excellent clinicians. It is there that I first came across the term “pan - somatic” to describe Parkinson’s Diseases - it affects every part of your body and evry aspect of functioning.

And yet … the last time I mentioned Parkinson’s Disease to a neighbour the response was " oh yes that’s where your hands shake a bit isnn’t it".

No point trying to explain the huge physical impact , never mind the cognitive ipairments. Have you ever tried to engage anyone but a neurologist or parkinson’s nurse in conversation about the effects of the formation of Lewy Bodies from alpha synucleic acid (and other protiens). Just watch people’s eyes glaze over as they make their excuses and leave.

Oh and I had another fall yesterday.

As to your excellent question “what are they thinking” ? when they are made aware you have PD, I honestly think that ignorance of the often hugely disabling, life chaging condition is the point.

Parkinson’s Disease changes lives. Let’s be honest life is still good but in a very very limited way.

Take care Tamsin

Best Wishes

Cled

my consultant is so optimistic, but reading this forum is literally depressing. it makes me so apprehensive, does any one else feel there’s not much point in going on?

Yep.
Often get that “3 a.m. life is as good as over moment” during so many sleep interrupted nights. Interrupted for so many reasons, mostly realted to PD. Keep trying to be positive and do healthy things.

Keep trying. Often seems hard, even pointless I know.

What else can we do? well, apart from the obvious.

Please take care

Cled

Totally not, there is always a reason for going on. We may have PD but we still have a life, yes it might be more challenging some days but I have found very little I can’t do that I wasn’t doing before. Have made changes so I can some of which I don’t like (airport assistance being one) but they are in the end worth it so you can still enjoy yourself.
Keep strong and try to continue as before but ask for help or adjustments so you can. Yes at times the forum can be or appear to be depressing, however I usually find something to make me smile or I think I could try that.
Stay strong and try to be happy as much as you can :sunglasses:

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After seeing my consultant re my falls up to at least 4 per day. It was decided to increase my sinemet. Having taking the increased medication for just 5 days, felt terrible. So decided to stop al medication. So far my falls have reduced to most days nil. Feeling a lot better about live with Parkinson’s . My consultant always asked how do I feel being on sinemet. I really didn’t know if the medication was working. Now know for the time bring I’m better not being on the sinemet