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ALL FALL DOWN************

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

Do all spine surgery patient's fall down? Ive seen forums where people (terri, maybe Millie) Im starting to think all that hardware makes us lopsided...
Yes I fell down too. OUCH!!!!!!!!!!


  • Yes, it does seem to be a common thing! Maybe it's a combination of weakened legs and meds but people do seem to be falling! My falls in the past have been as a result of either fainting or misjudging the height of the side of my bath so I trip getting out of the shower. Luckily my grab rails saved me last time!

    And yes I agree, OUCH indeed!
  • I was goofing off with the kid (20 yr old) and his fireworks and tripped in a hole, twisted my ankle also...
    back seems better now...was aching but seems to be better now, anlke still hurts...
  • Margaret, I'm sorry for your fall and I hope no serious damage to your ankle...
    From the posts a lot of people yes, had fallen down.. I think I'm lucky so far it hasn't happened to me yet! :D

    Take care and ice your ankle...
  • OMG its like my biggest fear!!!
  • just be careful and don't look for it to happen... How are you doing though post op?

    Lotus :)
  • That is also MY BIGGEST FEAR!!! I am overly conscience of it. Yesterday, I was out watering a little bit, a bee flew up inside my t-shirt. OMG!!!! Stung me, (not around my incision, thank god!) but kept stinging me. Lord knows we spineys can't run gracefully (atleast). I gave it the "all American try" to run to the garage, and PULL MY T-SHIRT OFF to get that son-of-a-gun out of there. Doing all kinds of positions we're not suppose to do. It was HORRIBLE to say the least!!! I had to look pretty silly though to any neighbors that may have been standing outside witnessing this "crazy woman", and looking really stupid trying to run, but in back pain. JEEZ!!! Then I'm standing out in our garage with just my bra on :P He stung me pretty good! Just what I need on top of all the other issues I'm going through....
  • I am on the non falling side at this point but I about split my stitches reading lynnsy's post. All I can picture is some crazy lady running around pulling off her top and the running part looks like a drunken sailor. I hope you recovered but the visual was just too funny. :)
  • Maybe it's because of our lack of flexibility....when we start to lose balance our spines don't have individual vertebrae to twist and counterbalance? Scares me too!!!
  • Lynnsy I know its not funny . but honey it is...sorry but the visual is way out there..
    and as far as falling Ive decided my surgoen is pretty darn good with the power tools, Ide let him work on my car LMAO no really i think its all pretty tight in there, I dont want to test it out again but all and all im feeling alot more confident...
    lynnsy, you must give a warning before you put us through that again....
  • Ya, it was incredibly funny, I was laughing so hard at myself!!! I just didn't want him to sting me anyhwere near my incision. (Look at "wanted to share my boo-boo with you") But talk about looking retarted. I couldn't get my t-shirt off fast enough!! Was about to just do it out in public, it was hurting and stinging so bad!!! :jawdrop: Glad I could make you-all laugh, you deserve it!!
  • I agree with all the comments before me;) I also think thats one of my MAIN reasons my back is like it is...I have NO balance,LOL:)
  • After both surgeries I have had terrible balance and I trip alot and have taken a few falls but nothing serious, it's like I trip over my own feet!!!

  • but could have. I just had to share with you-all what happened last night at 11:15pm. I was sound asleep, I sleep with my bedroom (huge picture window) open, cause it brings in that nice cool mountain air. Anyway I was awakened by a loud crash, on our deck! Trying to figure out what it was while laying in bed, I heard another noise! I looked at where the window was open, from bed and our cat, (Tommy, the Prince)was sitting there all poofed up. I slowly (as we all know how it hurts to do anything fast)walked over to the window expecting a raccoon. Freaked me out, there was a huge BEAR with his paws up on the deck railing looking into my bedroom window with his beady eyes!!! My first reaction of course was IT FREAKED ME OUT!! Then I remembered where my husbands 9mm was, loaded one into the chamber, then I went to get my camera. He was SOOOOO CUTE!!!

    I then quietly, trying to keep my body low (ouch...) came out into the living-room with my camera. We have this wrap around deck, and our living-room has these huge 7'x4' windows that go all around the front of our house. Our livingroom is actually called a "great room", as it's our lvingroom, diningroom and kitchen all one huge open room with vaulted ceilings and the windows surrounding the whole front. So I was watching him go around the whole deck from all the windows, still trying to keep low so he wouldn't see me, with camera in hand.

    He was standing up on his rear legs, pulling down a hummingbird feeder. He was busy lapping up the sugar water. He still didn't see me though, cause it was dark and I didn't have any lights on in the house, or outside. He put his paws on one of these windows. Thank god there really heavy duty double pained windows that you can't open. He had to be atleast 6' tall when standing, and 4' at the shoulders when walking on all fours.

    After he pulled that one down, and cleaned it out, he went around to get to one of our other hummingbird feeders, around to the front of the deck. That one hangs over our patio furniture and table. He was trying to move the chairs away, put his paws up on the patio table, snorted, but gave up quickly, then mosied over to our bbq grill. Where our grill is at out on the deck, we have two french doors by diningroom area that go out to it. I had the blinds down on those doors from yesterday as it was warm outside. I then lifted the blind out just a little, and he was right there sniffing our grill, we have a cover on it, so he gave up on it. I could of reached out the door and pet him at that moment. ha! By this time I've got my hubby on the phone, FREAKED OUT!!! (He works graveyard down at Coors)You kinda space out that this is a wild animal, I was just wanting to get a picture! so I'm home alone, but can take care of myself.

    My husband said, "turn on the light" (outside one on that side of the deck) I finally realized I couldn't take a picture cause of the flashback of the flash in the windows, not to mention my Lens that I had on the camera was a 300mm zoom. Didn't quite have time to change it out.... So anyway I turned on the porch light, he went waddeling towards our chimnia deck fireplace, around the corner and down the stairs. Oh I forgot to tell you, he had to climb 12 stairs just to get up on our deck.

    It was awesome, he was so cute and big!!! This morning when I got up, his paw prints are all over the deck and down the stairs from standing in the sugar water. They look to be about 6" in diameter. He was a big boy......

    Oh,.... "Tis a priviledge to live in the mountains of Colorado" Just wish I could of got a picture to share with you-all. It was pretty cool. Hope he comes back at a decent hour so I can get a photograph!! He'll remember those feeders.
  • I am so scared to fall! But as my husband points out, I fall all the time that is probably how I got in this situation! He then is quick to assure me that I will fall again and will probably be OK.

    Lynnsy - You are having quite the weekend with your nature experiences! Like reading your stories!
  • the last one i broke my wrist...i never thought about the hardware putting you off balance, could that really be??
  • About feeling better and a little clumbsy too, all I know is I think my surgoen was a mechanic in a past life cause he is really good with power tools, and I think my fusion is going to hold up. All by the way I have this pain in my upper back neck only on one side the right if I turn my head it hurts in my back by my shoulder blade I hope its just a pulled muscle....please only a muscle..
  • ... fell in the bathroom at my house trying to open a cabinet that sticks! Just the extra "tug" on that cabinet was enough to knock her off balance. With "no bending or twisting" stuck in her head, she didn't even try to compensate and down she went. No worse for the wear, though, thank goodness! The balance does seem to be an issue after this surgery. Good luck to the rest of you!
  • does anyone just fall, i've had times where i'll bend over to pick up something and by body will lock-up and i'll just fall over. it's happened over 20 times in a 7-8 year time frame. i've fx my skull twice broke my nose, tore cartlidge in my rib cage 2 months after my fusion in june. had all the standard tests - i just get looked at like my head is on fire when i explain to the doc's what happens (twice my head was on fire so i have to let those times go)
  • please tell me the fire part is a joke.
    and know not that bad, maybe its your equal libreame or inner ear, maybe see an eyes nose and throatt specialist.
    best of luck
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