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Posted by Bruce on August 23, 2000 at 02:11:32:

In Reply to: Re: losing balance posted by Carole on August 23, 2000 at 00:17:39:

: : My grandmother is a sufferer of PD. Her feet just don't want to go anymore. She is constantly falling because she loses her balance and leg strength. Is this common for PD patients? Is is related to the medicine? Can anyone help?

: Yes, this is a problem of PD. My father has the same problem and I sent him a new book out on Preventing Falls. Also, try this website for some ideas: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/spotlite/falls.htm
I think your message could have been written by me, becaus I have the same problem. Not only Parkinson's causes the loss of balance, but most of the medications cause the same problem. About the only things I could tell you from my experience is get up slowly from a chair, be patient and pause briefly to make sure your balance is okay before walking. I rarely fall any more, because if I have some doubt about whether I can walk without falling I don't attempt it. I move around a lot on electric scooters inside and outside and if I am not shure I can make it to the bathroom, I keep a walker handy. In other words, sit down and make a plan. No one should keep falling down, if you are aware of the problem and havw planed ahead on ways to compensate for it. Muscle weakness in my leg muacles are a problem also. I just jump on my scooter and use it until the legs start working like they are supposed to. Today my legs felt weak and stiff all day and I couldn't walk very far, but I worked outside all day with the aid of the scooter. These symptoms are some of thw things we pd persons have to learn to cope with If you noticed I didn't say it is just something we have to tolerate, because I don't have any problem getting out and doing what needs to be done. A few days ago I was fishing and caught a large bass that was at least five pounds. Bruce

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