how many here use canes and/or walkers?

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   Posted 9/10/2007 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there...

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.

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   Posted 9/10/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been toting a cane for about a year. My pain is from fibro and arthritis. Some days I don't need it so much but if I'm doing any distance walking or on inclines it makes a huge difference.

One great side benefit of using a cane is people give you space and are courteous. Never in my life had so many doors opened for me. Also I don't do well in crowds or if people run past me. I'll go down. This gives me reassurance that I'll stay on my feet. Just "do it"!

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   Posted 9/10/2007 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I use a cane quite a bit. Gives me stability if I feel shaky on my legs. I have spinal issues and bad knees and it really helps. And I bless my good friend that sent it to me!!!!
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   Posted 9/10/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a walker for 3 years, although I rarely use it, and if I "need" the walker - I wont go out in public, I'm humiliated by it. (I know I know I shouldn't feel that way but at 27 it just does)

I also have a cane - that I use for the nerve pain that runs down my legs. 90% of the time it's my left leg, but I got tired of collapsing onto the ground because I'd get a particularly bad pain and my leg would just give out. If we are just saying running to the post office to get the mail there's not a HUGE need for it, but if thigns require more than a few minutes of walking, the cane is there. It gives me that extra area of stability when I'm in pain, it also makes me more confidant in that I'm not concerned about falling down so much. It hasn't prevented EVERY fall, but it helps. I've actually found that I'm falling more at home because I know better than to not use my cane, and I do it anyways. I figure I can use the walls, but walls dont keep you from falling down. Carts at the stores help a bit, but when I get a bad pain, pushing the weight down tilts the cart up.... and I refuse to use the auto carts they supply. :)
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   Posted 9/10/2007 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I started with a walking stick.  I like them much better then canes, because their height helps you to stand more erect and ease the stress on your back.  Google the word walking stick and you will find some really artistic and interesting ones at moderated prices.  From there I acquired the ever popular walker with a convertable seat.  Again, they help ease the stress on your back and give you a place to sit when you have trouble standing for any length of time.  Next, the power wheelchair,  Your upper body strength with dictate whether you need a manual or power chair.  Use the mobility aid that is appropiate for you. Take it from me - falling and injuring yourself is far worse then bruise pride ... one broken foot taught me that.  I refuse to give up living life and stay inside of my home because of mobility issues.  I want to participate with my family and friends and I will use whatever it takes to help me enjoy life with those I love.  If you find yourself declining invitations, get yourself to PT immediately and get a good mobility evaluation.  Family and friend will stop asking, if all you do is make excuses.  We are all to young to be shut ins.

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   Posted 9/11/2007 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Stella Marie a cool idea, a walking stick. I did a google on walking stick and it came up with a bug, so I then did a google search: walking stick for hiking. Which gets you to the walking sticks..........
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