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Feb 09, 2015 2:05 PM

Hi everyone! I am 37. I have fibro, many back issues(herniated discs, pinched nerve, ddd, just to name a few), migraines, ibs... The list goes on. I have gotten a lot worse over the last year and I am now unable to work. I can only stand for very short periods of time, and I am having a lot of trouble walking on my bad days. My bad days seem to be a lot more often than my good days. I keep having people tell me I should get a cane. I feel hesitant to do so... I guess partly because I don't want to admit that I need it. Would anyone care to share their story of going from freely mobile to needing mobility aids and how they coped with losing their "freely mobile" capabilities?

Feb 09, 2015 4:45 PM

Hornsholdmyhalo, I have many of the same problems you do. In Nov a doctor told me to use a cane or walker due to identified right side whole body weakness. I've been stumbling and tripping over my own feet, and I veet sideways into walls.

I left his office thinking, " yeah, I'll get one when I need it. I don't want people looking at me like I'm old or crippled." So nearly 2 months passed, and then I took a bad fall from tripping over my right dragging toes. I managed to catch myself on both hallway walls but I spent 3 days recuperating from a bad twisted sprain. It gave me plenty of time to reflect the "what if's" and I now walk with a cane. There's an old saying, and it comes from the Bible, "pride comes before the fall," and it was literally true for me.

Get a cane...its for you and your safety. And surpringly, no oneselooked at me as if I'm old. 😉

Feb 09, 2015 8:28 PM

I don't use a cane regularly but I have periodically when I have either felt weak, or like 2 weeks ago when my back went 'out' and I needed the extra help to walk. I don't see it as a problem. I see it as a smart thing to do because it can prevent you from falling and that would only add to your pain. And who needs extra hassles and extra pain?!?!?! I even used a walker temporarily some 15 yrs ago, and I was under 40 after I had foot surgery. Whatever it takes to make you safer and not increase your pain is what you should do.

Feb 10, 2015 9:43 PM

I'm 29. I started using a quad cane last week. It stays with me all the time now. I feel a little silly sometimes because I can walk fine for longer distances so I carry it a lot just "floating". But I never know when my legs will collapse under me and I'll need to put it down and support myself on it. Took me a couple days to be comfortable using it in public. And my first trip with it to church resulted in lots of questions and comments. But it's worth having the cane as an aid.
I bought one in my favorite color and drew on it with a paint pen.

Feb 10, 2015 9:49 PM

Also you mention not wanting to feel less "freely mobile" but let me tell you, I am more mobile with aid than with worry over falling.

Feb 12, 2015 3:50 AM

I'm 38 with fibro and tried a stick but it made my upper back and arms worse!!! I now have a rollator and it was the best thing iI've done to ensure I still go out and feel safe. Its improved my walking posture and I don't worry that my legs will give up on me. There's far less strain on my upper back and arms now I don't hold on to it for dear life!!! It also has a seat so I can stop and rest wherever, whenever... Most definitely an improvement and use it all the time when I'm out.

Feb 12, 2015 9:01 AM

Thank you all so much for your comments! I will definitely be getting something to help me out in the very near future. I am so grateful that I found this app and most importantly this wonderful community that came with it! I have only been here a very short time and you all already have a place in my heart! Thank you!

Feb 12, 2015 9:32 AM

There's also a new 3-wheel rollator but it doesn't have a seat. It is lighter weight and quickly collapses to fit anywhere; bedside, backseat, etc.

Feb 12, 2015 11:00 AM

I have had to use a cane due to my unsteady gate and sometimes I just tip over while walking and hit the wall. I keep one in my car and one home. Sometimes it hurts me to use it. I generally have it for balance or if I tip over. It's not fun to use a cane in your 30's but over the last 20 years, I've gotten used to it... Either use it and be free to be mobile, or don't use it and go nowhere... I vote.. Use it.

Feb 12, 2015 1:30 PM

I vote use it too! Better to prevent a fall & possible worse med problem than not use it.

Feb 12, 2015 4:58 PM

I vote to use it also

Feb 13, 2015 3:47 PM

I did it... Went out and purchased a beautiful pale green and silver cane. I am amazed at how much it helps with my walking. My daughter told me that I am not waddling anymore! I did get several looks and stares when I stopped at the convenience store for a drink, I guess I will get used to that, but maybe it was just me. Thank you all for your encouraging words!

Feb 13, 2015 4:18 PM

Glad you got yourself a beautiful cane and are using it!

Feb 13, 2015 4:47 PM

You will get used to the looks. And the more confidence you have the less you will care.

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