Trouble walking anyone with fibro?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by fibrobutterfly, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. I seem to have trouble walking. If I have a shopping cart in the stores I feel more secure. But on my own I feel so unsteady. Is this fibro or what?
  2. greatgran

    greatgran Member

    I have the same problem, have to have the shopping cart to lean on. When I walk I go sideways, the lights, noise bother me is why I avoid so many things.

    I need to go to walmart to get some of the school supplies speicals today and thinking of using the cart on wheels, (what ever you call it the motor wheelchair I guess)never done it before but think its time.

    Don't like giving up what little independence I do have.

    I think a lot of us have the same walking problem.

    God Bless,
  3. I have a rheum dr appt next wk and going to mention it, see if it is fibro or ????
  4. vmiller

    vmiller New Member

    Yes, I have a great deal of pain walking. For example, I just sat down to watch a movie with my children and it was literally all I could do to stand up. It HURT - badly. I had severe pain walking back into the living room. My hips, legs, feet - everything from my waist down is really hurting. :(

    I'm sorry you're having it too.

    There are days I take the Mart Carts to do my shopping.

    I'm seriously considering a cane - at 36 years old. :( It's going to strip me of every ounce of dignity I have left if I do.
  5. Pansygirl

    Pansygirl New Member

    I have trouble walking and bumping into things. I can't even count the number of times I've hurt my toes or other body parts because my brain didn't tell my body which direction to walk.

    I also feel like I need to hold onto a cart at stores.......I get tired of standing fairly quickly too.
    My legs start hurting more and more the longer I stand up.

    Take care, Susan
  6. monicaz49

    monicaz49 New Member

    I have CFS with overlapping FMS

    i DREAD walking due to my imbalance and the swirling sensation in my head that i have nearly all the time.
    When i do go to the store I usually stock up for a long time so i dont have to go again too soon. If someone goes with me they always say "oh do you want me to push the cart for you" thinking they are relieving me of using energy on it. However, I NEED the cart!!!!!!!!!! Its a mess if i dont have the cart. Combination of imbalance in my walking mostly but also muscle weakness.
    Its so saddening.
    Honestly, I wish I was IN the cart..and someone pushed me.
  7. texasrose204

    texasrose204 New Member

    I have problem walking some days just can't get my legs to move, some days can't even pick my feet up off the floor to walk -- slide them along. Also use the cart at wal-mart like a walker otherwise i couldn't do it. And if i did alot of walking there i am done for the day. I have told my rheum this and say it is the fibro. I do stay in bed when i can't walk not sure if is that i am so exhausted i dont have the energy to. This used to bother me so much I just couldn't understand what was wrong with me. I was one that always walked fast pace and now i am slow. I would never believe this fibro would do this to a person if i wasn't living it and now it is just unbelievable what it does! Have a good day!
  8. lca

    lca New Member

    fibrobutterfly you must have read my mind this morning. I have had this problem for a few years now. I hoped it would resolve itself and go way, but seems to get worse over time.

    This morning I said to my husband I can't take it any longer. Do I ask my doctor who hasn't been able to help much with any other problems, or do I just go out and get that cane which I dread? I'm not looking forward to tests my doctor might put me through only to have them turn out normal again.

    I have what feels like pain and paralysis at the same time. My legs ache and feel like weights are attatched to them, but also have a sensation of no feeling in the right leg. When I step forward with the right leg it's like I can't judge where the ground is under my foot. I hobble with a wide stance and sort of drag the right leg along.

    On my rare shopping trips I always use a cart too. I don't know why I can't wrap my brain around the idea of getting a cane, guess it's just vanity that I might have to get over.

    From what everyone else has said, this doesn't sound like something that doctors know much about or that can be fixed.
    It's to a point now even in my own home, totally flat shoes, I'm tripping, bumping, waddling, hanging on to walls and counters just get around.

    Would like to know of others how they are doing with a cane and what kind you got. It would be more embarassing not to have one and fall flat on my face one of these days. Shoes with anything more than one inch heels are just a memory now. fibro thanks for posting this, it's been my biggest problem lately. Whew! What's next?
  9. optimiss

    optimiss New Member

    Monicaz49, I cracked up about wanting to be "in" the cart instead of pushing it! I can relate! Thanks for making me smile! I'm glad I'm not alone in this problem. I stumble, trip, run into things and my co-workers! I always have bruises on my body from walking into objects. My legs usually feel very weak and just so tired. I use to walk so fast, my friends and husband would always say to slow down. That's certainly not an issue any more.

    This morning my little Doxie, Buck, escorted me out to the trash dumpster then decided to check out the neighbor's barn across the alley. I was praying he wouldn't run far because I cannot run to save my life! Thankfully he stopped to "sniff" something and I picked him up. By the time I got back across the yards to my door, my arms were exhausted from carrying the little guy! He only weighs 10 lbs.! I hate being such a wimp!
    Love and peace to you all!
  10. katiebug61

    katiebug61 New Member

    I have trouble with my balance and I am sure that to some people I appear drunk at times. I will be walking and lose my balance. I have never had that problem before. It is embarassing and frustrating. This entire DD is frustrating. So many people don't understand what we are going through. I don't imagine there is anything that can be done for the balance situation. I know I can't afford more meds. I just think of myself as a Weeble. Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down,.... yet! :)
  11. smokiebones

    smokiebones New Member

    I have read all the messages and can relate to each one of them. I hate this crazy fibro junk!! It has definatly made me feel less of a person and useless to all those that count on me.

    Good Luck to all
  12. frosty77

    frosty77 New Member

    I've had this most of my life and it gets worse the older I get. I know people think I'm always drunk (and unfortunately my mother is an alcoholic and people are so quick to assume) as I walk sideways and into things all the time. I've been walking into file cabinets at work for over 20 years!

    I also trip over my own feet quite often and have fallen doing this more than once (most embarassingly in front of customers).

    Loved the line about wanting to be IN the cart! LOL, it would be great to be able to shop from inside a cart! Except that I've gained so much weight from meds, I'd need a supersize cart!

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