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. :)
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"
"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)