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Rotary cuff keep losing my balance

happymanhappyman Member Posts: 57 Connected
edited July 2019 in Dealing with chronic pain
hi I am wondering if anyone is having or had this problem. I have a rotary cuff problem which is painful and I can hardly use my arm. I also have a slipped disc in my neck. For the past six months I have found that keep losing my balance and I fall a lot. I am too embarrassed to speak to my doctor about it and would like to know if anyone has suffered this 


  • happymanhappyman Member Posts: 57 Connected
    I have rotary cuff and slipped disc in my neck which hurts and causes me problems. For the past six months I find myself keep falling over and losing my balance. This happens around 15 times a week. I have not mentioned it to the doctor as I don't want to pester them. The last time I spoke to my doctor they told me to claim pip but I was turned down. 

    I am really worried why I keep losing my balance and falling over and have suffered some serious injuries. Can anyone let me know if they have gone through this 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    Have you seen a chiropractor? Also it may be a good idea to see a pain management specialist? Ask your GP to refer you. What about a course of physical therapy? That may help to improve things. The GP will talk to you about your symptoms. Avoid straining yourself in the gym. Try not to do weight lifting.
    Focus on light stretches at home. Do you have a resistance band or not? You can easily use that as part of your home exercise program. Wrap a ice pack in a towel and then place it on the floor slowly. It may help. 
  • happymanhappyman Member Posts: 57 Connected
    Hi, i am under a pain management person at the moment. I am not allowed an operation as it is too dangerous. I am not allowed to the gym and could not lift anything anyway. If i lift anything heavier than a pen it hurts a great deal. I use a tens machine to try and deal with the pain. The pain I can live with, the problem is falling over all the time
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    What about surgery? Discuss that with the pain doctor. Ask for a referral to a surgeon. They can tell you more about rotator cuff operations. 
  • happymanhappyman Member Posts: 57 Connected
    they cannot perform surgery as it is too dangerous due to the slipped disc in my neck. what i am trying to find out if anyone else has a problem with balance
  • EmmaBEmmaB Member Posts: 263 Pioneering
    Hi @happyman

    It does seem sensible to go back to your GP... mainly because you could injure yourself through falling over and that would obviously make things potentially worse and/or add to your problems?

    Please don't feel like you are pestering your GP, they are there to help.

    Re the PIP, you don't say whether the rotary cuff and slipped disc are new and/or additional problems but the thing with PIP is [besides the fact that a lot of doctors don't know much about it ie who qualifies etc...] that you need to satisfy a "qualifying period of 3 months and a prospective test of 9 months. These 2 conditions are referred to as the 'required period condition' and help establish that the health condition or disability is likely to be long term."  Perhaps this was the issue with the claim?

    I hope you can get things sorted.

    Best wishes.

  • happymanhappyman Member Posts: 57 Connected
    Thank you for your advice
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    To answer your question yes but I don’t have it. 
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