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tac12254 posted:
hello all i would like to ask the Dr. if falling is an unusual incident.. about a month ago i had a carotid stenting which i posted. it was 99% blocked after 1year following the carotid surgery. i have felt much better just the short term memory loss ,which is quite annoying...but so thankful to still be around. today though i fell i don't know exactly what happened,but i fell hard on a concrete floor small cut on arm and several bruises..one on the left knee is about the size of a golf ball with a knot to match... my back is quite sore also but i see my pain management next friday.....should i tell my primary or just tough it out...what i need to know is this something to worry about i guess..sorry to say i have had my fill of doctors and don't want to go unless really needed TIA
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Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
The key is try and figure out why you fell. If you just tripped pr lost your balance then that would not be a TIA. If you passed out or became dizzy and fell, then you would need to contact your doctor. Why you fell is the key.
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
 
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tac12254 replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
thanks for the quick reply....i don't remember being dizzy just falling....it was so quick i was up then i was down..no reason ...my balance has been an issue since before the surgery but usually i just walk like i'm drunk..kind of ...it's like a door opened under me and i was down...nothing to trip on or stumble on...just down
 
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Richard C Senelick, MD replied to tac12254's response:
I think these falls may be "drop attacks." These are sudden episodes of falling without any warning. There is a wide variety of causes and you definitely need a complete workup. Your heart may be intermittently beating in an abormal rhythm or these may TIAs involving the blood vessels in the back of the brain. Meniere's disease can cause drop attacks as can unusual types of seizures. It is not always possible to determine the cause,but it is important to try and determine the cause before you break a hip or heart yourself.

Contact your doctor and tell him/her that you think you are having "drop attacks" and would like to be evaluated further. You can use the search engine on your computer to get further information on drop attacks.

Good Luck
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
 
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tac12254 replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
thank you so much...will do


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