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walking can vs crutches

Postby cass90 » Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:01 pm

Hi everyone

I am new to the forum and I was just wondering I was told by my doctor that a cane might help me with my pain when walking however I do not feel it helps and I am finding it is hurting my other side now would I be better using crutches?

Also is there any decent websites that would help my family understand my condition?

Thanks in advance :-D
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby Patsb » Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:03 pm

Also is there any decent websites that would help my family understand my condition?
Yes this one !!!
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby helen virgo » Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:20 am

Cass - I certainly find using two crutches is better for me than using one cane as it evens your walking out so prevents the opposite side from hurting. Or you could try two canes.

Pats - the website of UKFM has great info for sharing to help folk understand. Plus in the UKFM shop is a book called Living With Fibromyalgia by Christine Craggs Hinton which I can thoroughly recommend to read.

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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby phoenix67 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 12:06 pm

Hi Cass, I have a walking frame and use walking stick but find both cause more pain in my hands and arms. My physio has given me a new walking stick and instead of the handle being the usual handle, its moulded to support the palm of the hand instead. You can get left or right handed ones. Might be worth a try.

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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby elljay » Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:13 pm

Take a look at SMART CRUTCHES on google.
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby Charmed » Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:16 pm

Oh they're fab! I want the purple ones :)
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby elljay » Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:38 pm

I have the purple ones.....they really ease the pain in my hands and wrists but I did find them a bit different at first so practice indoors if you get them.
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby Charmed » Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:36 pm

I will do. Only tried crutches once and they were really uncomfortable, but these sound great and look pretty cool too lol! Thank you x
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby elljay » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:43 am

They are so much more comfy when you get used to them and get the arm rests at the bext position fo you....it can take a bit of doing but they are really easy to move the arm rests and once you find the best place for you they are great.
Good luck, hope they work as well for you as they do for me.
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby calipres » Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:25 am

Often I have felt like I could use the extra support of crutches, but the fighter in me refuses to take that step. Somehow there is a psychological barrier that I can't seem to get over.
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby elljay » Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:10 pm

I felt the same until I had a really bad week and landed on my face 3 times in two days....I got taken to A & E for stitching up and the doctor was really kind and talked me into giving crutches a go. I felt much more confident with them and quickly felt my worries disappear. Infact I feel lost without them now.
I had already been using ordinary crutches from hospital for about 2 yrs when I came across Smart Crutches which have meant I can carry on walking around and do not have to be in a wheelchair which was happening because my wrists and hands were getting too painful with NHS crutches.
Not for everyone but a blessing for me.
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby LindyM66 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:46 pm

I revamped mines :-) I agree, it's a bummer having to use 1, but if it helps to support your walking, and prevents you falling on your bahookie - it's all fine.
They don't have to be boring
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby calipres » Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:09 pm

@LindyM66 - Thats wonderful! You're right - we may as well have some fun with it :-)
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby elljay » Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:49 am

Brilliant ! Fabulous ! Lets get creative....this looks amazing , well done and thanks for the pic.
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Re: walking can vs crutches

Postby LindyM66 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:38 am

Thank you :-) very easy to do! Self adhesive gems from the pound shop and the cuff is a cake ribbon.

Vamp up your crutches and canes, and post a pic :-)

They will be unique! No one else will have one like yours, that's for sure.

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