Has anyone resorted to using a cane?

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it's a new day
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   Posted 6/14/2010 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a few pretty good dizzy spells the last few weeks.
Today I haven't really been dizzy, but have lost my balance several times.
Luckily, I was close to a couch or chair each time.
I am wondering if I should get a cane for stability.
I didn't really think it would come to this.
Is this normal?

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   Posted 6/14/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a cane for many years.  I generally only use it when I get up in the middle of the night.  I'm so stiff and wobbly so the cane gives me support and helps keep me safe.  If I was having problems during the day, I'd definitely use it, too.  Actually I have used it during the day when my hips are hurting me really badly.  I don't want to fall.  I bought one that collapses so I can pack it in my suitcase when I travel.
 
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MsBunky
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   Posted 6/14/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been using a cane fulltime for about a month now...went and bought a pretty one with butterflies. I find it helps with balance, and also, because of my hip problem, I have trouble walking now, so the cane provides extra security for me.

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crazykitty
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   Posted 6/14/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have a cane that I recently nicknamed the screw because it looks just like a giant
mahogany screw. I use it when my sciatica or my knees act up, it really does help.

Have you had the dizziness checked out? I know that dizziness can be attributed to fibro
but there are other things that can cause it...fluid in the inner ear, low electrolytes, meds
just to name a few. Mention it to your doctor, just to be safe. Good luck to you!

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Irish Babe
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   Posted 6/14/2010 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been using a cane for almost 2 yrs now. It is a 4 prong cane, and it has been a tremendous asset. I have a terrible time w/ OA and my balance -  walking & turning are an adventure. In my house I don't generally use the cane, since there is a wall or pc of furniture close enough to grab. I do not walk out of my house w/o my cane. I like to walk, but as I said, I can get drifty when I walk and climbing steps is a big problem.
 
My cane has a name also, Abel. I taught religion for 15 yrs, I can't help myself. wink
 
I like that butterfly cane, that sounds very pretty.
 
I would also suggest you get things checked out for the dizziness, you want to be sure of what you're dealing with.
 
I didn't think it would come to this point, either, but I would rather have the cane and avoid falling and causing more problems than I  have now. I've had a few ppl make a comment, but it has been jerks I don't like anyway. They don't matter in my life.
 
Use it and keep yourself safe and mobile. Good luck.
 
God bless.  Alice.

Statgeek
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   Posted 6/14/2010 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been using a cane regularly for a little more than a year. I discovered it at a convention that if I used the cane, I could walk further with less pain. I use it whenever I will walk more than 5 minutes, but not short distances. I have become stronger because I can walk further.
Sue

deb in indiana
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   Posted 6/15/2010 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Iam suppose to since i was 48 but i told the doctor no way iam 54 now and iam thinking about using my my balance is off take care Deb

harleybluz
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   Posted 6/15/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the coolest cane that's made out of a tree branch but at 53 I just feel too young to be using it. I have days thouth where I know my vanity is getting in the way of my safety and have been thinking of using it at home until I get used to it. I find it very difficult to get used to since I've never used one before. have you all had problems getting used to it?

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crazykitty
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   Posted 6/15/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
harleybluz, I was around 50 the first time I used my cane, I'm 58. Necessity forced me
to get one, to be honest at first I felt self conscious but later it was easier to think of it as my
helper. I only need it on occasion but I'm glad it's there for me when I need it.

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Arrunk
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   Posted 6/15/2010 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I used one a couple of weeks ago at a flea market. It was the first time since my diagnosis that I had gone someplace where I had to do a lot of walking. I don't think I would have made it without the cane. I am only 45 and was not thrilled about using it, but I still want to be able to do what I can.
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harleybluz
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   Posted 6/15/2010 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I know it's a vanity thing but when I really, really need it I'll use it. I'm not a fan of falling either, but I really do find it difficult to use. Like I need to get used to it. I guess I need to practice with it. I'm sure you must have felt the same way having never used one before.

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crazykitty
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   Posted 6/15/2010 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it took me awhile to get used to walking with a cane. The big thing is to make sure
your cane is the proper height, so it feels natural when you are walking. The handle top
should hit near your wrist when you have your arm to your side. My handle is comfortable,
and for me that's a must because of my arthritis in my hands. The more you use your cane,
it will get easier.

hugs, Robin
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kathydownunder
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   Posted 6/15/2010 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
You are so lucky to be able to use a cane, I tried but die to the pain in my right arm and shoulder I am unable to hold it or to use it and when I tried my left side it only made things worse. i have seen some wonderful canes around if only. I am 48 and when I tried to use one I was still in my 30's so useing a cane is about your health and safety. Don't let anyone tell you any thing else.
 
 
Kathy

Dagger
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   Posted 6/15/2010 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Go to You Tube and watch some of the Cane Masters and cane self defense videos. It might help you feel a bit better about using a cane. Plus, you can always pretend you are a secret ninja and the cane is your weapon.

Seriously, knowing a few self defense techniques could come in handy even if you think you could never use them.

Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 6/16/2010 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I went with my good friend to her doctor a few months ago, she was seeing a new doctor for the first time that took over for last doctor that left. and my friend, who is 62 years old, has fibro and severe arthiritis in her back, asked the doctor about using a cane and the doctor kept saying over and over that canes are terrible and she just needs to practice her balance. My firend can barely get around in her house, I always know that when I know on her door that I have to wait a while before she answers cause it takes a while for her to get up and walk.

but either way, my firend did some research and found that you shjouldn't just go to the store and pick the "coolest" cane out, their's a science to it. All diffrent types of canes do diffrent things depending on what you need it for, the best way to find out is to go to either a physical doctor/therapist and ask them or sometimes if you go to a home medical supply store, they'll sometimes have someone who knows what they're doing and can help you by explaining the diffrence and help you pick out one for your needs.

I never knew their was so much science to canes, cause I guess picking out the wrong cane can cause some other problems, especially with the shoulder, arms, hands, and even your back and legs, you can really do some bad damage to the bones and muscles. So be VERY careful and do your research before just grabbing any old cane at the store.

I'm on 27 years old, and I'm thinking I should get one for when I first wake up cause my knees wont work for an hour or so, sometimes they wont work for me all day and I walk like a robot. And someitmes even on days wjere my back pain is so bad, I have a hard time just moving, but I'm too embarrassed to ever use one. Sometimes when I go for a walk wih my firend, I have my eight year old daughter go find me a huge stick and I walk with that, pretending I use it to poke at rocks or something. But it's getting so bad I just might have to bite the bullet and get one....

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