I have used a quad cane for about the past yr. Due to severe arthritis - everywhere - and balance issues, I feel safer w/ the cane when I leave my house. Inside the house is small and I have something to hold, lean, or grab on to, so I haven't hit the floor yet.
I thought I would feel 'old' when I used the cane and then once I used it and realized I wasn't listing like a drunken sailor, I thought the heck w/ anyone else's 'tude. My DM used a quad for awhile, now needs a walker for around the house. She isn't up to long walks, so then she uses a wheelchair.
FROM HARA: I bought my first and only cane at a drug store. You want one that adjusts to your height. I bought mine when I was in my late 20's to early 30's.
I bought a cane a few months ago. My flare up was terrrible/horrible. I don't wish this illness on my worst enemies. I was walking slow. My 2 chihuahuas pulled me down when I was walking around the block. I knew I needed help. The dogs are only 6-7lbs.
I have the cane in the car just in case. I use the hand rails to climb up the stairs. People at the store see a young 29 yr old with a cane and it's suprising all kinds of people help me at the store. At first I was embarrased then I got used to the cane.
When I was at a big amusement park. My body gave out after a few hours. Too hot and too much standing in lines. I had to call security who called a nurse and they gave me a voucher for a wheelchair. I am eternally thankful for those nice people.
At the hospital I have used the wheelchair many times. I'm thinking of buying one for big outtings. I can't do it with just the cane.
If I use the stairs at work it's like I did a marathon after. Sitting too long makes my body lock up. Standing too long makes my body hurt. Lying down too long makes my body ache. My physical therapist told me to excercise 40mins a day. I don't have the time. I do walking, yoga or the excercise ball. All are good.
Post Edited (CathyA) : 7/21/2009 7:56:07 AM (GMT-6)