Posted 9/9/2007 11:40 PM (GMT -6)
I'm doing a lot of investigating tonight, lol. I have back pain and have had for the last 7 years. But it has gotten to the point that I can no longer work and I am seriously considering filing for disability, even though I have no desire to go through that whole mess.
I am not seeing my doctor for another month, so I won't be able to talk to him. I am wondering how many of you guys use canes and/or walkers, esp for those with back pain/spinal issues. Do they help you??? Do you have to use them all the time or just when walking long distances.
I am worried about my back because the pain has worsened while standing. The other morning, when getting my kids ready for school, I had the worst pain in a long time, it took my breath away. Walking with my mom's cane really helped, but it still was very difficult to walk. Bending forward is the worst. Almost everything is the worst now. Every way I move hurts. It kills me to get my kids ready for school. I just can't stand it anymore. PAIN all the TIME that's excruciating. Don't even get me started on doing laundry or doing housework...if I even try, I WILL be in pain. But, sometimes you just gotta do whats gotta be done.
Anyway, instead of blabbing my head off, I wanted to know how many of you out there use canes/walkers and how much they help you. Also, if your doc told you to get a cane or if you just started using one on your own whim.
Sorry for being so blabby today....I've been started on Lamactil and Klonopin for my PTSD and also Cymbalta and I finally see a bit of a change. I am praying it continues. Now, only if I could win the lotto or grow some money on that darn money-tree out back!!!! LOL.