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Old 02-18-2015, 10:26 AM #1
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I am new to this forum and would like to post a question regarding drop attacks but I am not sure where to post it.

By drop attack, I am referring a sudden fall to the ground without warning while standing or walking no disease associated with it and rapid recovery. I have had four such attacks in the past 3 months. Usually have bruises where my body hits the ground, had a black eye, had to go to the ER once for stitches and to the dentist for a broken tooth. I have not had had an injury to my head.

I see a neurologist for obstructive sleep apnea and have reported these attacks to him. He checked my balance and I am unable to walk "the tightrope" without falling over. An MRI also identified an intracranial mass in the area of my cerebellum. He has referred me to a neurosurgeon and a cardiologist and no one can identify a cause for these attacks.

I am 65 years old and in good health. I feel I'm getting the run around from doctors.
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Welcome to NeuroTalk:

This is not a common problem that you are describing, so I think the General Forum here would be a place to start:

http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/forum2.html

Also if you type into our main search engine (its link is in my Signature), you'll find posts where "drop attack" appears.
Then you can read them at your leisure.

I'll just ask if your potassium levels are being monitored? Sometimes, low potassium can cause a temporary paralysis.
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{intracranial mass in the area of my cerebellum]

Has there been detailed imaging of that?
MRI and/or CT scans?
Do the drs feel it isn't the cause of the falls?
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Welcome, achoden. I hope you find the cause of the falls soon. I wish you well.
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Hello and welcome, happy to see you have come to be with us, it a great place to be. As you can see we have a great number and caring fellow members here, where you have find a supportive and relaxing place. Have fun looking into the different forums. Our shoulders are here for support in many ways.

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Welcome to NeuroTalk:

This is not a common problem that you are describing, so I think the General Forum here would be a place to start:

Also if you type into our main search engine (its link is in my Signature), you'll find posts where "drop attack" appears.
Then you can read them at your leisure.

I'll just ask if your potassium levels are being monitored? Sometimes, low potassium can cause a temporary paralysis.

My neurologist ordered blood tests, but I don't recall if postassium levels were measured. I'll check. Thanks!
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{intracranial mass in the area of my cerebellum]

Has there been detailed imaging of that?
MRI and/or CT scans?
Do the drs feel it isn't the cause of the falls?
Both the neurologist and the neurosurgeon ordered MRIs (contrast/non-contrast), but both concluded that the lesion was benign and didn't think it was the cause of the falls. The cardiologist I saw was not entirely convinced but he didn't ask to see the MRIs. He ordered an echo and a carotid, but both were normal.
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Charcot-Marie-Tooth Syndrome (CMT) The Curse.

AKA Hereditary Motor Sensory Neuropathy (HMSN).

Looked this up and symptoms are different.
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Welcome to NeuroTalk:

This is not a common problem that you are describing, so I think the General Forum here would be a place to start:

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Also if you type into our main search engine (its link is in my Signature), you'll find posts where "drop attack" appears.
Then you can read them at your leisure.

I'll just ask if your potassium levels are being monitored? Sometimes, low potassium can cause a temporary paralysis.
Checked blood test results for potassium
Normal Potassium: 4.4 mmol/L
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