falling down and getting up

Normally when I fall down and I crawl to a nearby chair/sofa/bed and try to stand up.

a few days ago, I fell down and then crawled up to the sofa, to stand up and I couldn't stand up. I was on floor for 10-15 minutes before I could stand up. My legs don't seem to hold me.

Plus I am not fat - I am 5 feet five and 78 kg - I think its not weight issue.

Have others felt like me.

How do you stand up after a fall?

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  • So sorry to hear of this, Amynah. A similar thing has happened to me and I am a similar build to you, so I agree that it is not a weight issue. I have tried lying on the floor, in my home, for a few minutes, before attempting to crawl/get up and I have found that his helps me to calm down. I also try to remember that we have bad days, based on all sorts of things, such as whether the weather is damp and affecting our knees. The next time you stumble, you may well find that getting up is less of an issue. Take care.

  • My method is certainly not very dignified but it works for me! When I fall, I shuffle on my bottom to a solid chair. I then back up to it, push myself up to sitting and then when I am ready, I stand!

  • I would take support from any nearby objects like sofa or chair or the wall sometimes the floor as well

  • hi there! xx Can I suggest, whether you have to crawl or not, that staying on your knees in front of a solid chair/bed and resting a short while, should help? From your knees, holding firmly to the chair etc you may find it much easier to get up in stages. I do and I could not go straight from a sitting position to the chair/bed and up.

    Hope I'm making sense.

    love and light

  • A while ago, I tripped and found that it was much harder than I thought that it would be to get back up onto a chair. That frightened me, so I practiced many ways of getting onto a chair from sitting on the floor. I can't say that I found an easy way to get up onto a chair, but I think that, should I fall again, I would be less afraid of not being able to get back into a chair. Sometimes, the more self-confidence that we can give ourselves, the easier that we might find it to do things that we might think of as being difficult to accomplish.

  • BTW, A, my PT says put your hands on the nearest chair, press on them and then try to shift your weight 2 your feet one by one. But there is good advice here so whatever works!!!

  • Thanks everyone - at least I don't feel alone. I will try Practising to increase my self-confidence!

  • I can no longer get up on my own after a fall so I have to use my panic button to call for someone. I have an acoustic neuroma, cerebellar ataxia and normal pressure hydrocephalus which all affect balance. Can only walk supported by others or by using zimmer frame . When I have to get somewhere within a limited time I have to use a wheelchair with someone pushing me. I have been allocated a powered wheelchair by the NHS but I find it very heavy. Hope you get some answers- the physio or OT should be able to advise u on how to manage falls better. all the best Sylvia

  • ok I have a method here that doesn't need a chair or anything.

    I'll do my best to describe it!

    firstly take your time there's no rush

    roll over so you are on all fours

    the keeping you palms on the floor to steady you go onto your feet one at a time. You should now be in a very undignified position with your bum in the air.

    then walk your hands towards your feet very slowly (no longer palms on the floor)

    as you do this action you should be able to come up steadily and take hold of your usual aide - I use a walking stick

    et voila - you're up again 😊

    If you try this method and have any problems then let me know and I'll try to work out what you're doing differently.

    I've shown my method to my pt and he says it's fine for me

    goods luck 🍀

    Alison xx

  • Thanks for your reply.

    I can do until == the keeping you palms on the floor to steady you go onto your feet one at a time.

    I can lift one knee a bit. but can't lift the other knee.

    Any suggestions

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