Stumbling and Falling More Frequently

7 Posts | Page(s): 1 

Stumbling and Falling More Frequently

by BamaDave on Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:34 PM

Quote | Reply

My 80 year old father has been fighting glioblastoma multiforme for over 19 months. Within the past few weeks, his balance has been getting worse, and my Mom told me yesterday that it has really declined even more the past few days.  He's stumbling around and falling frequently. Although I know GBM progresses differently for every patient, can anyone share how long this phase lasts before mobility becomes impossible?  Just wondering how much time before he may be bedridden completely.  He is not receiving any further treatments (and has not for over 10 months since a second tumor resection).

RE: Stumbling and Falling More Frequently

by BillyRay on Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:07 PM

Quote | Reply
My wife would fall when she was on the high doses of steroids.She would have some pretty hard falls.

RE: Stumbling and Falling More Frequently

by PunkyD on Wed Mar 01, 2017 08:11 AM

Quote | Reply

On Feb 28, 2017 10:34 PM BamaDave wrote:

My 80 year old father has been fighting glioblastoma multiforme for over 19 months. Within the past few weeks, his balance has been getting worse, and my Mom told me yesterday that it has really declined even more the past few days.  He's stumbling around and falling frequently. Although I know GBM progresses differently for every patient, can anyone share how long this phase lasts before mobility becomes impossible?  Just wondering how much time before he may be bedridden completely.  He is not receiving any further treatments (and has not for over 10 months since a second tumor resection).

My 86 year old Father in Law has fallen several times in the past few months.  Thank God he didn't break anything. I think that besides becoming weaker and more unstable, there may be other factors contributing to his falling.  Whatever the answer, I am now watching him like a hawk, and am terrified of him falling again.  He uses a walker which helps.

As for "how long before mobility becomes impossible".....I've been pondering the same question.  I thought for sure it was a matter of days until he would be bedridden.  There are days that he can barely stand on his own two feet, cannot get up off the couch, and can barely shuffle a tiny step.  However it's been about 2 months like this and he is still mobile.  In my father in law's case, I think it's personality.  He simply won't give up.  He has to move.  He will keep trying again and again and won't give up.  So it's really hard to say how long.  My father in law is also not receiving any treatments (Metastatic prostate cancer).  Hang in there.

Punky 

RE: Stumbling and Falling More Frequently

by BogieMon on Fri Mar 03, 2017 04:11 AM

Quote | Reply
My 73 year old father is in month 23 of his fight. For about the last two months he's been very unsteady on his feet and fallen a few times. He's very weak and can't get off the bed or the sofa without help. He's still receiving Avastin treatments, although I wonder if he'll be strong enough next week for his treatment. For the last several months his gait was just a slow shuffle and now he can't do that without help and only then as far as the bathroom. anything more than a few yards and he has to have a wheelchair. He also has a terrible tremor in both hands and one leg. He sleeps most of the time. I don't know how much longer he has. Good luck to your family and your Dad.

RE: Stumbling and Falling More Frequently

by MTSHOPE on Fri Mar 03, 2017 04:45 PM

Quote | Reply

I'm so sorry for your father and your family.
My sister is also fighting and losing the fight against this horrible beast!
I am finding this site very helpful
http://www.btbuddies.org.uk/hospice-palliative-care/51-sympt

RE: Stumbling and Falling More Frequently

by BamaDave on Sat Mar 04, 2017 02:10 PM

Quote | Reply

Thank you for all of the feedback.  As always seems the case with this disease, apparently there's no obvious pattern or timeline.  Just have to take things one day at a time!

RE: Stumbling and Falling More Frequently

by MrBrightside on Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:43 PM

Quote | Reply

I too think it varies from patient to patient.  My 83 year old mother in law passed away from a GBM this past summer after a 6 month battle.  It was in the lower back half of her brain and spread quickly despite surgery and some radiation.  I would say that in her case she started having trouble walking about 6-8 weeks before she passed away.  She was bedridden the last 4 weeks or so.

I myself have an oligodendroglioma grade 3 which has unfortunately spread into my cerebellum which apparently is where your balance is processed.  I have yet to fall but have been uneasy on my feet the last couple months.  I'm currently doing radiation and then will finish my PCV chemo I started just before the radiation started.

I wish you the best.

7 Posts | Page(s): 1 
Subscribe to this message board discussion

Latest Messages

View More

We care about your feedback. Let us know how we can improve your CancerCompass experience.