A 2013 study followed 18 people with Fibromyalgia for 6 months. Guess what. 17 of them reported falling down. On average they fell twice during the six months, and nearly fell three times. Are you surprised? I’m not. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d followed 18 healthy people for six months and found that 17 of them fell down at least once. Then again, maybe I think that people fall more because I’m used to tripping up the stairs.
The conclusion of this study really cracked me up. (paraphrased) “Nurses caring for Fibromyalgia patients should assess for fall risk.”
So, how often do you fall down? Have you found any tricks or tips to help keep you upright?
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Fall experiences of persons with fibromyalgia over 6 months.
Rutledge DN, Martinez A, Traska TK, Rose DJ.
J Adv Nurs. 2013 Feb;69(2):435-48. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.06026.x. Epub 2012 May 2.