I read your post and it shot an arrow straight thru my heart. I will be 56 next month and I have had fibro since I was 4 yrs. old. I didn't have to start with the braces thing until I was 27, after an accident at a roller skating rink, some boys racing around knocked me down and tore up my right knee. I found out from the ortho surgeon that my knee joints don't fit together properly, I was born that way. I went from 1 brace to 2 braces, then added a cane, then forearm crutches and then finally about 6 yrs. ago started using a wheelchair part time and then full time. It really isn't as bad as you might think, if you have the right mind set. But then I had a lot of yrs. to prepare myself, when I was 27 I had to see 3 different surgeons and they all said that I would be in a chair by the time I was 45, managed to make it to 49. It was not all due to the fibro as you can see under my name I have plenty of other problems.
May I ask why you are in a brace? Is it that your legs simply won't hold you up? Do you fall down a lot?
I can offer some advice to help with the pain. Gentle stretching exercises, chair yoga, heat packs for pain and ice for swelling. Sit down whenever you need to, don't stand just because everyone else is. Bike riding and slow walks either outside or on a treadmill are also good.
Please don't be afraid to ask me or anyone else here about anything that is on your mind, or if you just need to vent or get something off you chest. Welcome to the family, the guys and gals here are great.
I would love to work with horses. My Dad used to take us any time we went on vacation and there was a stable there. My hubby and I used to go riding all the time. There aren't very many places that are equiped to get someone from a wheelchair onto the saddle unfortunatly.
You sound like a real go getter. Good for you. I'm glad that you have an understanding boyfriend. I have always wanted to learn sign language. When I was little my Mom worked at a bingo hall, and the sponsor was the Toled Deaf Club and at Christmas we would go to parties and see Santa Claus. It was fun, but I always felt stupid because I couldn't communicate with the Santa.
Might I suggest that you occassionally use a cane or forearm crutch? It really does help take some of the strain off your knees.
Hi Kris and Welcome!
We have some young members here that I'm sure you'll be able to relate to. I'm new at this but have learned I have to keep moving or I feel worse.
Good for you with realizing you can still work with horses- just in a different way. You have goals and I think that is great!
Your boyfriend sounds like a real blessing. Nice to meet you and join us on our daily check-ins when you can. Chutz (one of our moderators) usually does them but is on vacation so others will be doing them for awhile.