I have never been what you could call a “graceful” person. I gave my mother plenty of scares when I was a child with all of my falls and accidents I would have running into things and falling off of bicycles and other clumsy stunts. I’m sure some of the damage to my back and neck has come from some of those bad falls as a child. Eventually, I grew out of that awkward stage, thank God!
I’ve been noticing that over the past few months, however, that I am starting to stumble and lose my balance quite frequently. It is getting so frequent and obvious that other people are noticing and making comments and jokes about it. Last year I had posted a study that found that poor balance and falls were associated with Fibromyalgia, but I never remember being this clumsy over the past 20 years.
I really seem to notice the balance problems when I am at work at the cash register. I seem to lose my balance a lot when I am standing in one spot for a while. I go to move just a little and I stumble and have to hold on to the register so I don’t fall over. It’s embarrassing for me but I try to act like nothing is happening and I just keep going. If someone makes a joke about me stumbling around I just laugh. It’s not worth getting upset over because it’s something that I can’t really explain – it’s just another weird part of the disease.
Do you stumble and lose your balance a lot? Do other people notice and comment?