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Old 12-15-2017, 08:12 PM
 
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Well, this past Saturday I was looking over a piece of machinery that I was somewhat interested in purchasing. We were out in the country on somewhat unfamiliar terrain, I was looking way out in front of me, stepped in a hole and fell down hard, flat on the ground face down, I caught myself, with me hands and arms at the last second and somewhat broke my fall, anyway, I didn't smash my face in the ground, I don't think. I, of course, crawled to my feet as fast as I could, my hands stung and I felt shook up, but, I didn't feel too bad. Sunday, a little stiff, Monday and Tuesday I felt kind of drowsy, Wednesday, I woke up and felt like I had the kind of hangover you get when you drink way, way, way, way too much. And, I haven't even had any drink in almost three years. Here it is Friday and I feel like my lower back or kidney hurts. Anyway, here I am 70 years old stepped in a hole, fell down. I sure didn't need that. I actually think I am going to be ok. I started this thing cause I was hoping to confirm that as a guy gets older it takes more time to get over such insults to ones body. I have noticed and my wife confirms it that I am rather unsteady on my feet, I don't seem to have the cat like balance I used to have. I am kind of top heaving and it shows in more ways than one.
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Old 12-15-2017, 08:23 PM
 
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I'm so sorry that you fell down. At your age falling down can have pretty serious consequences. Have you been to see your doctor? Maybe think seriously about going to the ER?
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Old 12-15-2017, 08:41 PM
 
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Well, I am hoping that an ER visit is not called for. It is just odd, it seems, that as more time passed, I kind of felt worse and worse. I am dang sure going to try and be more careful in the future.
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Old 12-15-2017, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I hear ya and am right there with ya too. I bump into everything. Corners, walls, desks, and I fall down unless I can catch myself ahead of time. That's what age does. It makes you off balance and you have to watch it. I still have to get on ladders sometimes, but I talk to myself beforehand. "That is a ladder. It is dangerous. You need to be careful." I think this helps me.
I hope you are doing better soon.
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Old 12-15-2017, 09:10 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Well, this past Saturday I was looking over a piece of machinery that I was somewhat interested in purchasing. We were out in the country on somewhat unfamiliar terrain, I was looking way out in front of me, stepped in a hole and fell down hard, flat on the ground face down, I caught myself, with me hands and arms at the last second and somewhat broke my fall, anyway, I didn't smash my face in the ground, I don't think. I, of course, crawled to my feet as fast as I could, my hands stung and I felt shook up, but, I didn't feel too bad. Sunday, a little stiff, Monday and Tuesday I felt kind of drowsy, Wednesday, I woke up and felt like I had the kind of hangover you get when you drink way, way, way, way too much. And, I haven't even had any drink in almost three years. Here it is Friday and I feel like my lower back or kidney hurts. Anyway, here I am 70 years old stepped in a hole, fell down. I sure didn't need that. I actually think I am going to be ok. I started this thing cause I was hoping to confirm that as a guy gets older it takes more time to get over such insults to ones body. I have noticed and my wife confirms it that I am rather unsteady on my feet, I don't seem to have the cat like balance I used to have. I am kind of top heaving and it shows in more ways than one.
Gym. Twice a week. It will do wonders.
If you do not strengthen your core your balance will get worse. Fast.

We found a physical therapist that took both of us and set up a work out routine. Aerobics; weights; balance; stretching. One hour each time. Different routine each visit.
You will be amazed how little professional help costs. And at how effective it is.
We are 72.

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Old 12-15-2017, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Rehabs are crowded with folks and falls. One thing we need to do is make sure Vit D and magnesium levels are optimal so that bone breaks don't occur.

Falls can knock the system so off it's balance.
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Old 12-15-2017, 10:27 PM
 
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Broke a wrist slipping on ice three years ago, ortho said itís the most common of all breaks, you stick your hands out to break a fall, save your skull but break your wrist. Glad your bones seem to be ok, if a tad shaken. And I agree with your observation, recoveries take longer as you get older.
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Old 12-15-2017, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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I'm pretty clumsy and at 62 I don't have the best balance. I have dry Maculear Degeneration so I blame some of my issues on that.

I try not to worry about every little ache and pain, ignore this or that twinge. If something is going to get me, there isn't much I can do about it.
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Old 12-15-2017, 10:36 PM
 
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Stepping into a hole and then falling, even if you didn't hit your head, can jar your whole body. You had a shock wave rise up from your foot going into the hole and then stiffening your body to catch yourself. Not to mention the instantaneous realization of "I'm going down!" which probably triggers a good shot of adrenalin.

Yes, I do think we feel it more as we age and it might take a few days before we feel the full effect.

Hope you feel better soon. If not, see your doc.
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Old 12-15-2017, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Maybe not the ER but Iíd get checked out in Urgent Care if you canít see your PCP right away.
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