obpi and Balance?

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rachelcasa
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obpi and Balance?

Post by rachelcasa » Fri Jan 16, 2004 6:57 pm

I don't know if I have asked this before, but do any of you have problems with balance?? I notice sometimes (and its not even after a glass of wine *L*)
that I'll just all of a sudden kind of loose my balance for a second. I've had tons of people just give me really strange looks and say, are you drunk?
I was just curious about it. Maybe I'm out of whack somehow.

njbirk
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Re: obpi and Balance?

Post by njbirk » Fri Jan 16, 2004 7:03 pm

Absolutely, Rachel, I've always had problems with balance. And I'm always walking into walls on my bpi side too. It is definitely connected to the injury.

Nancy

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Re: obpi and Balance?

Post by admin » Fri Jan 16, 2004 7:07 pm

Ny son 11 months has always had a problem with balance. The therapist just tested him last week to evaluate him and to see how he catches himself. It was hard to watch her knock him over just to see how and if he can catch certain ways. He did not like this. He has a balancing prob when he stands, he is on tippie toes on his right and injured side. He did not do well.

rachelcasa
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Re: obpi and Balance?

Post by rachelcasa » Fri Jan 16, 2004 7:39 pm

Really? Do they know what causes it? I mean, is there a connection because of the word palsy like in cerebral palsy? Am I spelling it right?
I really want to learn more about it. If you have any more information on it can you let me know. That would be great.
By the way how are you feeling? I hope your doing well.
Thanks Nancy

njbirk
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Re: obpi and Balance?

Post by njbirk » Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:59 pm

Rachel,

I think it is complex but the following attribute to the balance issues we face:

* assymetry of our arms and shoulders throwing us off balance

* lack of sensitivity to body boundaries on the bpi side -- this is also a sensory integration issue

* vision problems (I have amblyopia and Horner's and when tested, was found to have no depth perception)

* some of us also have gait problems that relate to the original injury

There may be more but these are the things that contribute to my balance difficulties.

AND thanks for asking about my health and my recent non bpi medical emergency, I'm doing better day by day. I just got my medical records and they scared me even more. I am really glad I got to the hospital when I did.

Oh and you will probably be experiencing more balance issues right now because you have had significant change from your bpi surgery. I had to readjust to my body all over again. Have you noticed this?

Nancy

eevislucas
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Re: obpi and Balance?

Post by eevislucas » Fri Jan 16, 2004 10:16 pm

really thankyou i thought i was going crazy since reading these boards i dont feel stupid my balance has always been off

Vanda Roseboom
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Re: obpi and Balance?

Post by Vanda Roseboom » Sat Jan 17, 2004 12:14 am

Absolutely, My son with bpi has balance trouble, he doesn't even attempt skateboarding anymore as he always gets hurt, bumping into things, tripping on his own feet , trips on stairs, can seem "clumbsy".

m&mmom
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Re: obpi and Balance?

Post by m&mmom » Sat Jan 17, 2004 9:04 am

My son Matthew has/had balance issues. We started taking him to a chiropractor and it has helped tremendously.

Cindy

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Re: obpi and Balance?

Post by Lyn ND » Sat Jan 17, 2004 4:44 pm

When my son was young he was falling all the time and I was constantly taking him for stitches. My son has fantastic balance now and I feel the reason for this is because as a kid he practised with a soccer ball constantly. He would kick it against a wall and dribble between cones. I think this helped him tremendously when I would watch him play he had incredible skill and balance I am sure this is because of his practising against the wall.He was determined to succeed so spent many hours alone down the park, at school etc. In his last year of playing he went up 3 teams to the highest level one below national. Just a thought I hope it helps someone else.

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Re: obpi and Balance?

Post by claudia » Sat Jan 17, 2004 7:25 pm

Juliana had terrible balance issues. She would just fall...it was so sad. She still is not the most balanced kid but she is so much better. I noticed the biggest difference when we started horsebackriding therapy. She is without a saddle and really has to adjust her body. I think this is a great therapy and you should look around for it.

Also, in addition to Nancy's list, I also believe that there is damage to the vestibular system when the injury occurs.

Juliana also used to stand only on her unaffected foot, and would be on the toe of her affected foot. With, of course the arm bent and the hand curled under...a true cp stance...it made me nuts. She only does it now when she is nervous or afraid.

Nancy, I am glad you are feeling better. And I hope your heat is fixed too. This weather is too cold.

claudia

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