View Full Version : Bad fall in the night

06-03-2012, 08:19 PM
I've been a bit shook up today because I had a really bad fall in the middle of the night.
Lately, I can only sleep for two hours at a time and then must get up to go to the restroom every two hours.
Last night, I was headed to the restroom at about 12:40. I got as far as the door to the bedroom, when my legs spasmed and I fell hard.
I bounced off of my right hip and my head even hit the hardwood floor. Of course, the whole reason that I was up was because of a full bladder, so that caused a bit of an embarrassing mess, too.
Jeff woke up with a start and ran to help me. My dog and both cats hurried down the hall to see what was going on. Jeff helped me to get across the hall to the restroom, and I shakily cleaned up. It took me a while to stop shaking after we got back to bed. My legs continued to spasm all night.
My right hip and the entire right side of my body has been stiff and sore all day today. I also found a little tender spot on the side of my head where my head had hit the floor.
I've been a worthless slug all day today, but I'm finally feeling better.
I'm going to be evaluated for possible Spastic Paraplegia in July. The way that my legs are spasming and the muscles in my calves and thighs are continually getting tighter makes me think that it might be what is going on.
Just thought that I'd let you know about my latest excitement.

06-03-2012, 11:01 PM
Oh Marla I am so sorry you fell! I know it shook you up and that you are sore but I am really glad it wasn't worse! I also understand the embarrassing part! That was one of the hardest things for me I accept, and even tell my doctors about, when my seizures started! Something about being an adult and having to "clean yourself up" is mentally hard to deal with.

I neeally glad you have that appointment in July. Hopefully you get some answers then

06-04-2012, 06:32 AM
I'm sorry to hear this Marla. I know how you feel. I fell hard in my kitchen a couple of years ago when one of my legs quit working. Got a nice scar on my noggin from that one.

Please take it easy, get some rest, and let your body heal.

06-04-2012, 07:18 AM
That just plain SUCKS. I am so sorry! Bad enough to be getting such interrupted sleep all the time, but when stuff like that happens in the middle of the night it always feels extra-scary for some reason.

I hope you get some answers and hopefully also effective treatment for whatever is going on....keep us updated. And speedy healing!

In the meantime, pull out the pajama-print helmet, kneepads, and elbow pads for sleepy-time... :-P

06-04-2012, 07:39 PM
oh marla sorry this happened to you hope you get some answers soon. i had similiar experience a few years ago only the paramedics had to be called to help me and administer pain relief i messed myself and felt embarrassed. take care my friend luv kim

06-04-2012, 08:10 PM
cyber hugs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

06-04-2012, 08:51 PM
Oh M, I am so sorry to hear about this!

First, it must've been very scary to go through this and then the humiliation of wetting oneself. I'm so sorry you're going through all of this. I know you've been battling incontinence, paralysis and balance issues for some time. I can only hope that July will finally bring you some answers and some treatment--at last.

My thoughts are with you....

Angel Oliver
06-05-2012, 06:10 AM
I am sorry to hear you fell and hope you are resting and feel a little better each day.Thinking of you.

06-05-2012, 08:34 AM
How are you doing today Marla?

I hope you're feeling better.

06-05-2012, 09:04 AM
Oh I am soooo sorry! Gentle hugs and prayers your way.

06-05-2012, 10:03 PM
Hey guys!
Thanks for all of the caring comments.
I was sort of in shock on Sunday and spent most of the day on the couch. I was better on Monday and even managed to drive myself to a doctor appointment and to a Spouses' Club board meeting.
I saw a new PCP! The one who told me that I'm a hypochondriac left the practice - YAY! The new one is young, but not bad. She took lots of notes and seems willing to help. She gave me a prescription for diazepam for the spasms and to help me sleep. When I looked online, I learned that this is Valium. I had a not-too-great experience with that years ago, so I'm nervous about trying it. Has anyone had any experience (good or bad) with it?

I've felt pretty normal today - walked with the dog, cleaned the upholstery on the couch, cooked a nice meal and went with Jeff to the observatory at the university down the road to see Venus crossing the sun. That was pretty cool - Jeff says that it won't happen again for another 100 years.
So now I'm being a slug on the couch for the evening.

Here's hoping that tomorrow is a good day for me and for all of you.

06-06-2012, 03:45 AM
Hi Marla,

I am so glad, that you have bounced back, from this aweful fall.
You are a tough lady, you get knocked down and you just get back up. I am the same way, there isn't much that could keep me down.
I hope the new meds will prevent your muscles from spasms, so this will not happen again.


06-06-2012, 07:24 AM
Sorry to hear of your fall Marla. I hope you are feeling better today. Keep us posted on your progress. Have a great day!

running girl
06-06-2012, 09:28 AM
Hi Marla,

I'm glad you are feeling better. I have always been a bit of a clutz, but as I get older it has become more and more difficult to bounce back. Take care and thank you for sharing.


06-06-2012, 01:20 PM
Glad you are doing better! Keeping my fingers crossed that the new mes helps!

Marine wife
06-06-2012, 03:19 PM
Glad you are feeling better. And even happier that your fall wasn't worse. Hope you can get some answers in July. Gentle hugs!

06-06-2012, 09:53 PM
I'm a bit worried to even fill that prescription. I read a horror story about it over on the Spastic Paraplegia group. One member there said that at 2mg per day, it barely helped; at 4 mg per day, she had less pain but was depressed; at 6 mg per day, the pain was gone, but she was planning her suicide.
As sensitive as I am to meds, that scares me!
Jeff and I both think that I'll be better to wait until I see the SP specialist in July.