fell down the stairs!

Canada
September 5, 2007 9:40pm CST
Since I had a stroke in June last year, my balance has been off and my left knee buckles, so I usually walk with a cane. When I go up and down the stairs I usually hang on to the banisters. I don't know what possessed me Monday, but I decided to take the clean towels from the dryer to the linen closet upstairs. Both hands were full, so I couldn't hang on to the railing. At the fourth step up, I lost my balance, left knee buckled and I felt myself falling backward! I twisted to my right to avoid hitting the back of my head on the ceramic floor, hit the floor with my right knee, then right hip, then right shoulder. Boy, did that hurt! My right knee was scraped and bleeding, and now, three days after, I am still in pain and limping. Have any of you fellow myLotters fallen down and hurt yourselves? At home? On the stairs? Street? How long were you out of commission? What did you do for the pain? Please share....
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@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
20 Oct 07
Oh a discussion that I can really relate to, my boyfriend calls me the queen of fall downs. LOL. Well lets see, on Oct 31, 2003 as me and my youngest son was walking down the sidewalk where there was road construntion going on one of the road worker left this metal ring laying on the sidewalk and I didnt see it but my son did and just as he started to say watch out for that ring mom, some how it had got wrapped around both of my legs and down I went. I skinned up both of my knees,skinned up my stomach, and ripped the skin right off of my palms on both hands, I had blood all over me and took a big hunk of skin out of my right palm. Went to hospital and got 8 stitches in my right hand. And the best fall of my life is, Last year on July 19, 2006 I fell down the stairs at our trailer on to a cement patio and completely ripped my right elbow out of it socket and ripped the nervers off of the bone along with the muscal and the tendents, the hospital said that I ripped the funny bone nerver but it was not fun at the time. Alot of Morphine helped, LOL. anyway I had a cast on it for three months, I could not open my arm all the way for at least 6 months, and now I only have 45% use of my right arm and no use of my baby finger on my right arm. So a little over a year later I still have alot of pain with it and some places on my arm are still sore to the touch. Yes I know all about falling down. I hope you get well really soon I know the pain su(ks, BIG BIG HUGS!
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• Canada
20 Oct 07
Good grief, HHoney, those falls you had are really painful!!! Hope you have fully recovered. Thanks a lot for the get-well wishes--and BIGGG HUGGGZZZ to you too, my new friend!
@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Well I wish I was fully recovered but my arm they say will never be the same anymore. If your arm kind of falls asleep and you get that little tingleing feeling well that is what my arm is like all the time now. and I dont have any feelings in half of my right hand now. so I guess that I just have to get use to it. Thanks for the BR. You should come and check out my forum the link is on my profile. Loves!
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• Canada
1 Nov 07
I hear you with the tingling feeling, because of the stroke that affected my left side. I have that feeling on the left side of my face, the outside of my left leg, thigh, and upper arm. I guess we can be called the Tingle Belles! hahahaha!!! (That is such a bad pun! I'm LMAO, though!)
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
7 Sep 07
Oh no I hope you are ok I really do Well you know my History lol so I will not go into it But the latest one was falling on the Street because again my right Leg gave way I was so embarrassed I think if it was not for the fact that Gissi needs to go out I would not have gone out for a couple of weeks
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• Canada
10 Sep 07
You know, gabs, my neurologist told me that when a joint gives way, it could be either of two things: a failure in the joint itself, or nerve damage to the area of the joint. Have you had your leg checked if you have some kind of muscular or nerve damage there? I hope you weren't hurt when it happened! Hugs to you and the GissiBoy... {{{{{{{gabs/gissi}}}}}}
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
11 Sep 07
Well I have to go back to the Specialist on the 19th before that I have to go for an Xray on my lower back and they are talking about an MRI Scan that I am scared of as I am claustophobic I am already having Nightmares about it So more tests are being done now as they do believe it is my back ((((((((((((((((((((Seagoddess))))))))))))) from me and Gissi
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
24 Oct 07
Have you used ice on your sore areas? That generally helps. I fell 5 yrs. ago ice skating. Have skated all my life but lost my balance and back I went. Spent the night in the hospital after my head was stapled and some of the swelling was reduced. Seems I broke the fall with my rearend but still managed to have a fractured skull and concussion. Did lose my sense of taste and smell which I regret. Now I am having issues with my lumbar area and the physical therapist thinks it's the result of that fall. Have had injections galore in my back and it helps but not for long. It's making me an old lady! I do ice my back or hip when the pain is pretty bad and it does help somewhat.
• Canada
25 Oct 07
My hubby and kids did run and get ice to help with the swelling and bruising. As soon as they were able to sit me up there were three pairs of hands applying makeshift Ziploc bag ice packs to my right knee, hip, elbow, and shoulder. (Ziploc bags are neat, aren't they?!) When I was able to limp to the doctor, he advised alternate hot and cold packs, the hot packs to break down the bruising and cold packs to lessen the swelling. What you went through with your ice skating mishap sounds painful! I too had a slip and fall on the ice in 1986 (not skating, though) and that still gives me major problems now. Hope you feel better and better. I find that a hot soak in Epsom salts gives me some relief when the pain is particularly bad. Thanks for your response and have a great weekend!
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
7 Sep 07
Years ago, I fell down the bottom rungs of my basement steps onto my left wrist. I broke it and also broke my right one, but not that much, so I just needed a bandage. My left one needed a cast, and because most people are right handed, the teller at the bank expected me to sign with my right hand ---I can, but it is hard, very hard. I was in the cast for a month. Later on, I fell and strained my ankles. Did not go to the doctor's but kept practicing standing on one leg and then another. Both cases, I took 222 for the pain.
• Canada
10 Sep 07
Ouch! I know that damage to the wrist area is extremely painful because there are a lot of nerves there. I hope that you have completely recovered, suspenseful, and I will follow your example with the 222s. Right now, my knee is black, blue, swollen and I am feeling really crabby and cranky from the pain. My right hip, wrist, elbow and shoulder aren't great either. Oh, well...:-[ Take care....