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11/6/12 11:03 A

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Oh my goodness, how I remember the days of it being hard to get around.

I used a cane and a walking stick for half a year prior to my surgery and I did use a walker for shopping and longer walks. I loved the seat on the walker as I could sit down while I waited in line to pay and this really helped to ease pain that comes at the end of the day when I'd been out and about too much. I remember how painful it was to even sit in the car too long.

Walking aids actually help in the long run. They stop you from learning bad habits like limping and really help with chronic pain over the day. After I got my hip, I used my walker for 3 weeks or so, then graduated to a cane and after a couple of months was cane free. It was important to learn to walk without a limp.. the rest is history..

Keep going everyone, but keep your chronic pain under control!! And don't be afraid to use those aids if needed.. it many be only temporary! I even used my on forest trails.. it was great for fending off dogs off lead!

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10/14/12 9:09 P

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Stairs dont scare me , they just give me a lot of greif such as terrible pain iin my knees lower back hip joints thighs and shins and if l have more than a couple to climb my breathining packs in as for using a cane lm not to keen as lm only 57 and l dont want to come to depend on a cane to be mobile at this age of cause if it wss the only way the cane wouldnt be out of my hand , l just take it slow and easy and l get from a to b in my time .
When l walk around the block lve always ended up in a lot of pain and can be in that state for
days sometimes weeks and for the lines in the footpath always being sore l dont lift my feet very high and catch the tip of my shoes making me stumble nearly going over and falling ,
my physiotherapist suggested that l use callaper crutches when walking on the footpath for
fittness which l do and since doing so l havent pulled up so sore and having the callapers on have prevented a couple of falls .
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10/14/12 7:09 A

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Heights and stairs scare me....evebn a height of a curb! I too am afraid of falling and do just fine if there is something to hang on to.

The steps at our church esp. scare me even though there are rails. I take the one, two approach on that......forget the one step down at a time.

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1/30/12 10:04 P

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The stairs really scare me too. I tend to take precaution with the stairs by holding rail and side stepping on the way down. on the way up I go l,2 1,2 rather than the usual 1 foot on each stair, if you know what I mean.

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1/30/12 9:02 P

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The only time I have mobility problems is with steps/stairs. Going up or down steps really hurts the knees and I'm often afraid that I will fall down or up them.

As for with walking, a cane can help a lot. My father had walking mobility problems and he used canes. There are lots of very unique canes available out there. You could look in your local antique stores or online. I love the carved ones! So pretty!

Sometimes in life a little rain must fall. Just remember that when you cry, the angels cry too!


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1/30/12 6:00 P

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I am wondering what people do to help with their mobility issues. I have a wobble when I walk, so when I am in a store, I usually grab a cart to push because I can then walk easier. I have a knee brace but it tends to slip off after walking for a bit. I'm thinking a cane or walking stick might get me out walking more. Certainly not ready for a walker - but I must say I have tried out a couple while I've been at work in a group home!

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