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Handicap Tag

Feb 08, 2016 2:13 PM

Does anyone have a handicap tag because of their pain issues? My husband is slowly convincing me that it might be a good idea. I have RSD/CRPS in my left hand/arm. Last year I sprained my Right wrist...and it's not getting better. No hands combined with fibro...and grocery shopping- any shopping is rough! I am always asking for help. Or wincing as I walk out (walking in isn't so bad, it's after I've walked around too long that it's bad).
I feel bad asking for a handicap tag....buuuuuut I am struggling. We've even talked about training my dog as a disability dog- to carry things for me like water, snacks, meds...it's hard to carry stuff when you hurt... But that's a bigger step. Right now I'm just thinking about the handicap tag...and would my PM or PCP doc sign off on that? I also have an ortho that treated my original wrist injury and is treating the newest wrist injury too...
Has anyone else applied for a handicap tag?

Feb 08, 2016 2:33 PM

I have a tag and use it mostly when grocery shopping. I also use a cane because of bad knees.

Feb 08, 2016 2:42 PM

Well I have a tag. I only use it on bad pain days. And like today I parked in a normal spot but I was a shopping nuance. I was asking for help from any kind face I saw. And even one not so kind face..ha..he helped anyway.. I would suggest getting it its better safe then sorry

Feb 08, 2016 4:34 PM

I don't know what a handicap tag is, but I do have a handicap parking permit. I could not do without it. My travel has narrowed to in town grocery & errand which is hard for me to manage even that. I don't go into the city anymore after having red line pain & passing out in the Target parking lot. Dropped my handbag, phone & carkeys and fell between my car & a van. No one saw, do not know how long I was out. After that episode I stay closer to home & family help. If you need it you need it. You never know what will happen & where it will happen with severe pain. ☄

Feb 08, 2016 4:56 PM

I have one because of my CRPS. I've gotten yelled at and my tires slashed on separate occasions when using it because I 'look fine'.

Feb 08, 2016 5:42 PM

Thank you for the feedback. Its hard for me to ask for help, accept it, and to "stand out". I guess I want to be "normal" ...but I've had CRPS for 12 YRS...now fibro too (probably had fibro longer...just never went for an official diagnosis until it got BAD). The reality is- things are harder for me. Things that help, mean I can I can do more things before hurting.

I've printed the paperwork 2xs now. Carried it around for 4mo without asking... I think I need to just do it!

Meganblondie- that is terrible! I hate when people judge what they can't see!! People have heart conditions, breathing conditions...all sorts of health issues...

Feb 09, 2016 5:28 PM

Gardener, I got mine last year. I've developed imbalance, weakness, and dizziness, and with my asthma it's very hard g for me to walk too far. I use electric carts in big stores. My PCP doc suggested it and said I won't be able to return to work. Having the tag/permit has been so helpful.

Be forewarned though, keep the permit paper in your wallet. My sister has been disabled for five years. She had just parked when an elderly lady accessed her off faking. She politely told the woman she was disabled and went into the store. About ten minutes later she was pushed to the front of the store (car tag I'd #), where a deputy sheriff waited. He told her they'd had a complaint of someone freaking, and he asked her for her permit papers. She walked out to the car where he reviewed them, apologized to her, then told the old lady she was mistaken. He advised my sister to keep the paper work in her purse because of thefts. I now keep mine in my purse.

I do not feel guilty for having one. If anyone spends one trip through a store with me they will see I'm not faking it either. Unfortunately and sadly for us all, too many fakers are out there. Good luck and God bless! 🙂🙏💕🌼

Feb 10, 2016 8:38 AM

Gardner, I have a handicapped license plate and it was no problem getting it. I've been out of work for over 10 years and have several issues with pain. I have fibromyalgia, degenerative joint and disc diseases, RSD/CRPS, etc. I don't use the handicapped spots if I can get a spot nearby to where I have to go. I'm 50 years old and there are many older folks in my town (in their 70's and 80's) that I feel need the spots more. Although some of them scoot around a hell of a lot better than I do... LOL!!😜 All I had to do was get the form from motor vehicle and then have my doctor fill it out and send it in. I hope that you don't keep being so hard on yourself. The tags are there for the people who need them and you need them. Be kind to yourself. Get the form and get your tag. {{{Hugs}}} 💕🙏🏻🌻

Feb 10, 2016 9:27 PM

It is easy to get a handicap tag. You just need your doctor to sign a slip. The goverment doesn't need any proof. If you have any trouble while your out that makes it a struggle to enter and exit a public building, your doctor should have no problem signing off on one.

Feb 10, 2016 9:28 PM

I gave in and got my tag when my pelvic was out. I'd stand up and immediately fall back into the chair I was trying to get out of. After our town clerk "lost" (disposed of) my paperwork for my hanging tag I decided to get the license plates instead. Since then I haven't had my paperwork "lost" since.

Getting the tag to begin with was a very difficult decision because I was only 36 at the time! It's been one of my best decisions I ever made though. It was shortly after that I started using a cane when I walk, that was the next best decision. It helps with balance, taking weight off that bad leg, and it helps keep people from making themselves look like idiots. :-)

Feb 11, 2016 12:21 AM

What is a " Handicap Tag" for us over here in the UK?? And do they( The Government or whomever) seriously call it "Handicap"??? I thought we were in the 21st Century!!!

Feb 11, 2016 12:34 AM

Jahmac..it's a decal or window card that is used so we can park in the handicap spaces or the spaces cloise to the door. What is used in the UK?

Feb 11, 2016 12:39 AM

It is a disability placard that hangs on the rearview mirror. It can be removed. And as Alwayz stated there are license plates available also.
I have the temporary disability placard in hopes that I will be getting better, but it expires in April. I am still having pain when walking and I have a slight limp so I will save a spoon and use the placard and park close until these RSD flares go away. 😖

Feb 11, 2016 2:05 PM

We have The Blue Badge Scheme...and we can use it in other EU Countries too. We have a physio assessment to determine if we are eligible, a lot of the older generation think it's for them, and so when they see a young(35) person with a blue badge they often give us funny looks..... And then I roll out the back of my van in my powerchair.........

Feb 11, 2016 6:49 PM

Thank you everyone! I have an appointment Monday with the ortho that's treated both my hands. I think he may be more receptive than my PM...he technically treats my CRPS but it's complicated. The Rheum who diagnosed my fibro says I have a PM doc so I don't need her... I don't really get along a my new PCP.. Need a new one...but no time... Thanks for all the help!!

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