my dad was diagnosed with early onset parkinsons about 12 years ago - he's 57 now. for a long time his symptoms weren't very noticeable but i feel like in the last year they have become a million times worse.
anyway lately he keeps falling and hurting himself. today we were at the movies and, sporting scabs all over his face from his last fall last week, he wiped out and almost hit his head on the corner of the chair. i was terrified he was going to break his neck, somehow i caught him (even though i'm about half his size!).
i don't know as much as i should about his disease, so i was wondering if anyone has had similar falls and has found a good solution for the balance issues. to be honest i am just really freaked out and worried for my dad.
My dad has Parkinson's and was falling quite a bit. He has orthostatic hypotension, which is an extreme drop in blood pressure upon standing. There are medications that can be given to raise the blood pressure, in general, or before an outing or exercise--so that when the pressure drops it does not drop to a critically low level. Try taking his bp while he is lying down, then when he sits up, then when he stands up. Note if it has dropped significantly. If so, this may be what is causing his falls.
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