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idk_182

174d

How did you guys know you needed to start using a mobility aid? I'm in so much pain trying to live my life but I look "normal" so people don't believe I'm in pain which then makes me feel guilty about thinking I need mobility aids. How did you guys come over this "imposter syndrome" of sorts?

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    • faerywyrm

      134d

      There's a lot of good to be had by using the aids you need. It helps you stay as independent as possible. 💕

    • faerywyrm

      134d

      There's a lot of good to be had by using the aids you need. It helps you stay as independent as possible. 💕

    • TurtleRose

      171d

      I started using a walking stick as a cane at my doctor's recommended it. He said a walking stick is better than a cane as it can help from slouching to use a cane also you don't feel as old as a walker or cane may make you feel plus it can be a great conversation starter. I also noticed that cashiers and others don't seem to think I am as contagious as when I used my forearm crutches! Now on a great day I still walk a little, on a good day I use my stick, on a not so good day or shopping I use my wheelchair. Mostly these days I use my chair or my children.

    • Greenie23

      172d

      I started using a cane when I realized I basically was house bound because of the pain I have after walking for just a little bit. I definitely still have a bit of that imposter syndrome yelling at me, but with time it gets quieter. When I saw a benefit from using mobility aids I understood that I needed them. It’s nobody else’s businesses, hopefully remembering that can help you move forward. 💙

    • 55isMe

      172d

      Oh, for mobility items, you may want to check with the hospital, local churches, etc. Many offer them free either forever or for limited duration.

    • 55isMe

      172d

      Couple suggestions. 1 See if you can try it before buying one. Why? I tried the store mobility scooter at Walmart. It was worse for my condition than not using it. 2 think about a transport chair. Can often push a shopping cart with it and only sit down when needed. 3. Since covid, many stores offer free pickup. I used this for 3 years and now i try only to use it when i want things from more than 1 area of the store.

    • issabellblack

      172d

      Know that it's not something to feel guilty about. It is a real medical condition, and there is no shame in using something that helps you to continue to do your normal for however long you need it! I am currently using a walker and a shower chair. Do I like it? No! But it helps me stay a little more independent.

    • mamauwu

      174d

      I don't currently have mobility aids, but I need them. I can't make it through a grocery store trip or anything similar without needing to sit down somewhere/collapsing, even if it's on the floor. If I want to guarantee my independence and safety, I've learned that I need to get a wheelchair. Unfortunately they're so expensive 😭

    • tiredacheybunny

      174d

      I see people looking at me on my mobility scooter cos I'm not heavily obese or old, yet I struggle to walk. I can see them trying yo figure it out but I don't care, I used to feel like a fraud as it were but I know the constant pain and how slow and painful walking is, I can smile in my scooter as I'm not in so much pain. I can feel the wind in my hair,I have independence. You do you as my daughter says

    • MelissaLY

      174d

      I agree. Having an “invisible illness “ is hard for people to understand us. I personally use a cane occasionally because I’m in an pain. Don’t worry about what others think, I know it’s easier said than done but once you put your needs first you will feel so much better.

      • Mikala

        173d

        @MelissaLY Totally agree! Take care of yourself first.

    • faerywyrm

      174d

      I sometimes need a walker or a wheelchair... just depends on the day. On good days, I don't need either one. It's a struggle getting people to accept the limits of those of us with chronic pain. It took me years. You are not alone. I have a neighbor with a lot of balance issues who has to use canes a lot. I find that a walker helps me better.

      • idk_182

        174d

        @faerywyrm thank you so much. I just feel like people will think I'm faking it because they can't physically see something wrong with me. I know my mobility is causing me a ton of pain at the moment but I don't want anyone angry at me😭😂

    • LadyPasta1

      174d

      I started using a cane when I began to have minor balance issues. As a retired nurse, I've seen people fall and break a hip and go downhill from there. I have no interest in doing that. I know people who refuse to use a cane out of vanity who are shakier on their feet than I am. No on has ever questioned my need for the cane.

      • DrakellaEuphrates

        174d

        @LadyPasta1 they make really nice canes now too

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One user mentioned that they started using mobility aids as soon as they realized it would give them back the freedom to do things they couldn't do otherwise, like going grocery shopping for as long as needed. They acknowledged that imposter syndrome might go away with time or wax and wane from time to time. Another user suggested that if you're asking yourself whether you need a mobility aid, it might be time to consider one, as you know your body best.

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