Hi Wisco, and welcome to HW. I'm sorry too to hear about your problems. It's hard being young and in so much pain.
1/ I've had problems since breaking my leg as a 5 year old. Most of my current issues started when I injured my knee at 14 and developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome that has since spread body wide and thrown out almost every complication in the book. I'm now 27.
2/ I use mainly a wheelchair, so I can't say much about whether a cane would help either. If you do get one though, rather than buy 'off the shelf', can I suggest that you talk to a physiotherapist or occupational therapist? They've been invaluable to be both with crutches and in starting to organise a new wheelchair for me... they can assess how you walk, whether there is something particularly good that will support you and improve your gait, what will be easiest on your hands and arms, and so on.
3/ No, I don't think so. I still cry over the fact that I'm never likely to hold down a job, even though I studied for five years and graduated vet school, that I'll always be at least semi-reliant on someone because the disease has left me crippled and unless there are huge medical advances there is no cure - nor even any new treatments. That as things stand at the moment, a good day for me is 7/10 pain and my life is my computer because I am housebound, often in bed. This isn't a life, not really :(
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Full body CRPS with spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bursitis, CTS, osteoporosis, multiple compression fx, disc bulges.
Oxycodone ER/IR, Topamax, Mobic, Somac, Cipramil, Midodrine, Vit D & C, SCS, baclofen/bupivacaine pump