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slipping on ice

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 13, 2007
  • 01:53 AM

Recently when I am walking, I have the sensation that I am going to slip, like I'm walking on ice. When walking on carpet, I fine, but at the mall, or on a sidewalk I have
a terrible time. Walking downhill is impossible. Nothing used to bother me when walking, now I cannot walk on a stripe, nor thru a puddle. What is happening, my doctor thinks I'm crazy. It happens about 3-4 days a week, usually the latter half of the week. Please help!

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  • what meds if any are you taking? Have you stopped taking any recently?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 02:07 AM
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  • Recently when I am walking, I have the sensation that I am going to slip, like I'm walking on ice. When walking on carpet, I fine, but at the mall, or on a sidewalk I havea terrible time. Walking downhill is impossible. Nothing used to bother me when walking, now I cannot walk on a stripe, nor thru a puddle. What is happening, my doctor thinks I'm crazy. It happens about 3-4 days a week, usually the latter half of the week. Please help!I too have had "slipping" sensations when walking. This happened several times in one day on a hard surface floor and I really thougth I was slipping. I thought it had to be my shoes.So naturally I changed shoes, over the next 3 days I continued to have this slipping sensation randomly thoughout the day. Then it happened while walking on carpet and I knew then something is very wrong. I'm not really slipping, it's a false sensation.I immediately contacted my doctor. Based on this and what I thought were unrelated issues or "symptoms" he highly suspect I have MS. I am scheduled for an MRI tomorrrow moring. Naturally I a wreck, thus I'm on the internet scaring myself even more.Did you ever get a dyagnois?
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    • October 8, 2008
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  • Similar experience. No pain or discomfort; just the unsettling sensation that my right foot is slipping to the side. It doesn't seem to be a balance problem. An MRI and other tests were all negative for MS or any other neurological issues. The neurologist was, as she put it, mystified. I would appreciate hearing from anyone with an experience like this, especially if a diagnosis has been found.
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  • I'm uncertain why your neurologist would be mystified, but your symptoms would suggest the onset of a peripheral neuropathy. Realize that sensory feedback is necessary for factors related to cadence, stride and gait, as well as balance. Proprioception and the vestibular system play a major role in our ability to successfully ambulate, or walk. In instances of neuropathy, the initial symptom does not have to be represented by pain, but also by sensory problems. In some instances of onset neuropathy, patients complain that their foot or leg feels like it is drifting, almost as if floating or sliding out from under them and most typically in a lateral direction. This sensation represents lack of continuity in sensory feedback. I would suggest that if the test hasn't been performed already that your neurologist test proprioception abilities between your left foot and the right foot, to include the toes and ankles. I would also suggest testing pressure and light touch sensations as well. A nerve conduction velocity test might be of benefit as well. It may be prudent to treat your symptoms as a neuropathy to determine whether any improvement is observed. Incidentally, your symptoms do not suggest MS. I would ask whether you have experienced any type of changes in your voice, difficulty with saliva secretions or possible choking episodes when eating and whether you've noticed any type of fine muscle twitches on the thighs or upper arms, as well as the possibility that family or friends have noticed any kind of change in personality. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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  • To: J Cottle MD The tests which you suggested were done prior to my posting and were normal. I've not experienced any change in either voice or personality nor have there been any muscle twitches. I do appreciate your input.
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  • Okay, I believe there may be several inquiries taking place by different individuals on this thread. Although I realize that the original posting was in 2007, my response was specifically related to the first and orignal inquiry. If you have specific information relative to your symptoms, I'll be glad to discuss them with you. Please provide a brief history and tests which have been performed to date. Also, it will help if you personalize your posting at least to some extent since unregistered can apply to anyone leaving anonymous comment. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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  • Similar experience. No pain or discomfort; just the unsettling sensation that my right foot is slipping to the side. It doesn't seem to be a balance problem. An MRI and other tests were all negative for MS or any other neurological issues. The neurologist was, as she put it, mystified. I would appreciate hearing from anyone with an experience like this, especially if a diagnosis has been found.I too, have had this experience. I walk 3 miles 4 to 5 times a week and notice is the color of the asphalt is different I get a slipping sensation which makes me stumble a little. I'm fine on carpet or grass. It just doesn't make any sense. I do have some neuropathy from diabetes in both of my feet. The only foot that slips is my left foot though. I've noticed an increase in the last 3 weeks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 31, 2009
    • 03:38 AM
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  • I too, have had this experience. I walk 3 miles 4 to 5 times a week and notice is the color of the asphalt is different I get a slipping sensation which makes me stumble a little. I'm fine on carpet or grass. It just doesn't make any sense. I do have some neuropathy from diabetes in both of my feet. The only foot that slips is my left foot though. I've noticed an increase in the last 3 weeks.I followed up with a emg, neuropathy likely. I talked with a friend about his neuropathy, he felt his was caused by statin drugs (cholesterol meds). I was currently on Pravastatin for my Cholesterol. I stopped taking the med about 4 weeks ago, no more slipping. I havn't found this side effect anywhere on the web but I 'm no longer having the slipping sensation.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 4, 2009
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  • Recently when I am walking, I have the sensation that I am going to slip, like I'm walking on ice. When walking on carpet, I fine, but at the mall, or on a sidewalk I havea terrible time. Walking downhill is impossible. Nothing used to bother me when walking, now I cannot walk on a stripe, nor thru a puddle. What is happening, my doctor thinks I'm crazy. It happens about 3-4 days a week, usually the latter half of the week. Please help!same thing here. I have seen two neurologists, 4 tiimes, still no diagnosis. Really depressed now. Did you finally find out what was wrong? If so, please, let me know.
    looklook 2 Replies
    • November 4, 2009
    • 09:37 PM
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  • Okay, I believe there may be several inquiries taking place by different individuals on this thread. Although I realize that the original posting was in 2007, my response was specifically related to the first and orignal inquiry. If you have specific information relative to your symptoms, I'll be glad to discuss them with you. Please provide a brief history and tests which have been performed to date. Also, it will help if you personalize your posting at least to some extent since unregistered can apply to anyone leaving anonymous comment. Best regards, J Cottle, MDHi, I have almost the same problem. It started about 10 months ago and is becoming worse and worse. I have difficulty keep my balance when walking now. I am 35,male, otherwise healthy. Some disk herniation in the neck. When I walk I feel like the ground is soft, both feet. Feel better on grass and carpet. No weakness or pain. I had a brain MRI, hearing test of the ear, emg on the leg. Everything is normal. My neurologist couldn't find anything wrong. He doesn't want to see me anymore. I think maybe he think I am crazy, just like the case in the pinky's post.I am desperate now. I just saw your post and was wondering if you could give me some advice. Thanks!
    looklook 2 Replies
    • November 4, 2009
    • 09:55 PM
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  • Okay, I believe there may be several inquiries taking place by different individuals on this thread. Although I realize that the original posting was in 2007, my response was specifically related to the first and orignal inquiry. If you have specific information relative to your symptoms, I'll be glad to discuss them with you. Please provide a brief history and tests which have been performed to date. Also, it will help if you personalize your posting at least to some extent since unregistered can apply to anyone leaving anonymous comment. Best regards, J Cottle, MDHiMy name is Belinda and I have only just come across this website. I 'googled' 'slipping on ice' not expecting to bring up anything and was surprised and a little comforted that I did. I have noticed this phenomenen over the past 4-6 months and was interested to see the connection with taking Statins, which I have had on and off. I am hoping that is the cause and not anything else; I have just had a comprehensive amount of blood tests done and am awaiting the results. Also, Dr Cottle mentioned a possible connection to Neuropathy. I am currently reading one of Dr Sandra Cabot's books called "Cholesterol: Are the Drugs you take making you sick?" which I also just came across, and she mentions on page 55 that Statins deplete our bodies' production of CoQ10 and one of the side effects of deficiency of this vital nutrient is Neuropathy!that's all for now.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2009
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  • I have dealt with this same condition for a year. Neurological tests revealed neither neuropathy issues nor brain abnormalities. You have every reason to feel frustrated. Two things have helped me since then. I stopped taking Lipitor which I'd used for five years with no complications or side effects. The conditon improved but did not completely disappear. I was unable to regain my normal gait, however, because there was always that nervousness about the "lurch" potentially happening. I recently received a recommendation from, of all sources, the woman who does my facials and massage. While involved with training in a new program, she was able to eliminate her own problem which she termed a "lazy foot". Because one foot would fail to lift up adequately, she often tripped on uneven surfaces, curbs, etc. Her technique was to, each day while sitting, place one calf on the opposite knee then rotate and massage the calf for a few minutes. The idea apparently is to work the soleus muscle. Since following her recommendation, I am amazingly back to normal. This is a non-invasive, non-medicinal approach; I think it's at least worth a try.
    kiukainen 2 Replies
    • January 5, 2010
    • 11:53 PM
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  • I'm a new poster here & realize the last post on this subject is nearly a year old, but would like feedback from anyone. I started having the slipping sensation a few months ago. I do not take any statins- no meds other than tramadol for restless leg syndrome (both legs). I've been on that for over 5 years but the slipping sensation just started recently. It is always with my right foot, feeling exactly like I am slipping on water or ice like others mention - except- instead of a lateral sensation it is a vertical sensation. It is usually just one step- I stop to make sure I'm not actually falling (reflex- you can't help but do that) then the next step is fine. A few hours later it will happen again. It doesn't matter, unlike what others posted, if the flooring is carpet or not, outside, inside, nor does it matter which shoes I'm wearing. Thanks for any feedback.
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  • I too have recently started having the same sensation. I have diabetes, but no numbness or any problems with my feet that is usually related to diabetes. I take lovastatin as well. I would be very interested if anyone finds a diagnosis for this weird problem.
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  • Recently when I am walking, I have the sensation that I am going to slip, like I'm walking on ice. When walking on carpet, I fine, but at the mall, or on a sidewalk I havea terrible time. Walking downhill is impossible. Nothing used to bother me when walking, now I cannot walk on a stripe, nor thru a puddle. What is happening, my doctor thinks I'm crazy. It happens about 3-4 days a week, usually the latter half of the week. Please help!I am so glad I found your post!!!!!..this is EXACTLY what is happening to me for about 6 weeks now..I finally went to the clinic (I have no doctor so I went to walk in) they looked at me as if I was from mars and told me they had No Idea what was wrong with meIts bothering me a great deal and taking me away from things I enjoy..Have you found out what can cause this ?
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  • 8.24.10Did anyone ever find out what was causing this "slipping on ice" sensation, or more importantly how to cure it?I really thought no one else had the symptoms I do. Obviously I was wrong! It's been 2 years & getting progressively worse. I want to be able to walk normally again! Thanks for any info! I am not on any statins or other Px.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 25, 2010
    • 03:36 AM
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  • 8.24.10Did anyone ever find out what was causing this "slipping on ice" sensation, or more importantly how to cure it?I really thought no one else had the symptoms I do. Obviously I was wrong! It's been 2 years & getting progressively worse. I want to be able to walk normally again! Thanks for any info! I am not on any statins or other Px.This happened to me the other day, too. It was both feet and lasted about a minute. It was scary. If anyone has any info, or has gotten a diagnosis, please post.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2010
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  • same thing here. I have seen two neurologists, 4 tiimes, still no diagnosis. Really depressed now. Did you finally find out what was wrong? If so, please, let me know.I have been having this sensation for about a week, feeling like my foot was actually slipping, but testing my foothold, it is firm. it is a little sxcary, and causes me to prepare to fall. I have no other symptoms but I have started on Macrodantin about a week ago. This also makes me very tired. I have some nerve damage in the foot that slips, due to surgery for a Morton's neuroma.I also am visually impaired due to loss of center vision, but I have had that for years.I figures I was not alone in this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 5, 2010
    • 09:19 PM
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  • same thing here. I have seen two neurologists, 4 tiimes, still no diagnosis. Really depressed now. Did you finally find out what was wrong? If so, please, let me know.One of the people in this thread indicated he had quit taking his statin medications for cholesterol. Surprisingly, when I went to my doctor for these same issues (feeling as if walking on ice, can walk fine on textured surfaces like carpet and grass, NO WAY could I walk on painted surfaces like road stripes) he suggested I quit taking my statin meds. It took almost 2 months to get back to pretty much normal. I still feel a little slipping sensation on occasion but not often and not enough to alarm me. I did a little internet research and found your brain has to have some cholesterol to effectively communicate with your body. I had recently lost weight so I was probably overmedicated. Hope this helps someone!!! Reading this thread from all of you made me believe I wasn't losing my mind. Thanks!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 4, 2010
    • 01:49 PM
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  • It is so good to find that others are having the same problem that I am...I thought I was loosing my mind. I really can't see a link though because I am not on any of the meds that have been mentioned. I have been taking Tramadol for about 4 months now and Vit D3 for a difficeny in that vitamin, as well as Blood Pressure med which I cannot think of the name at the moment...so not sure why I am having these sensations as if I am about to slip on something wet on the floor. I have even had it happen to me while walking across a carpeted floor...
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