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I’ve been considering getting a wheelchair or forearm crutches for years to help with managing pain and my decreased ability to walk. My cane isn’t doing enough. People who do use mobility aids bigger then a cane, how has it helped you?

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    • Knightstarr

      757d

      I love my Rollator but it is very big and I don't use it nearly enough. It doesn't fit in my trunk, I have a really small car. But when I do use it I feel so much better than when I don't. I especially like it when I go to the convention and I have to stand in line all day because it has a seat. I also have been talking to my PT about using the cane and how it is affecting my shoulder muscles. I might look into forearm crutches this year too. I found that it helps me a lot if I can decorate my devices, I don't feel like an old person when my Rollator is covered in stickers 😂

    • Walking_Library

      757d

      Thanks for all the advice y’all! I’m slowly realizing that it would be best for me to invest in forearm crutches.

    • Knightstarr

      757d

      I love my Rollator but it is very big and I don't use it nearly enough. It doesn't fit in my trunk, I have a really small car. But when I do use it I feel so much better than when I don't. I especially like it when I go to the convention and I have to stand in line all day because it has a seat. I also have been talking to my PT about using the cane and how it is affecting my shoulder muscles. I might look into forearm crutches this year too. I found that it helps me a lot if I can decorate my devices, I don't feel like an old person when my Rollator is covered in stickers 😂

    • anemone

      757d

      first off would like to say that i felt the same way and ended up with a rollator, which is clunky enough that i hardly use it lol. i'm getting a forearm crutch fitting next week, very excited. in general i found that the cane negatively impacts my posture/gait as much as it helps to take a little weight off my hips, and it's not like my pain is exclusively on one side or the other either. tried out walking sticks as a preliminary test for forearm crutches and it felt SOOOO much better immediately, just kept my posture correct and not painful and let me walk amazingly easily (like, i don't remember the last time i could walk so freely), plus it was great to have balance support on both sides. i highly recommend that over a wheelchair for fibro, since the muscle atrophy that can happen from recurrent wheelchair use can actually make your pain quite a bit worse. if you can, it's a good idea to see a (good and well trained) physical therapist, because they can both teach you at-home exercises to help reduce your pain AND help you obtain a mobility aid that's right for you (and teach you how to properly use it so you don't injure yourself, easier to do than you'd think)

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