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potter
2 years ago

This may sound a little weird, but my mother in-law found that she can go up the stairs backwards easier. Her problems are from surgery but it is something you might try, make sure you have a good hand rail and someone nearby when you try. Sometimes you can find those stair chair lifts at estate sales for reuse shops. Potter.


mmhhpp
2 years ago

Thanks potter for your suggestion, my problem is that my leg wont lift up neither forwards not backwards and i need both hands in handrails. Waiting to move downstairs into garage when converted but that will take a year! Still on planning application step….


stumbler
2 years ago

@mmhhpp , I had this problem and had to give in and get a stairlift.

If you have a straight staircase, you can usually get a recycled one for under £1,000. If it needs to go round a corner(s), it can cost considerably more.


mmhhpp
2 years ago

Hi stumbler, thanks for your reply. Yes i can see that. I am about to give in. When did you stop climbing steps? I am so afraid that things will move rapidly down hill when i stop struggling going upstairs… it is so scary…. i feel i am going down rapidly in the last year and i have had ms for only 7 years….


stumbler
2 years ago

@mmhhpp , my requirement was caused by an infection, which knocked me off my feet for over a week. I then had to get some movement back into my legs, before I could start “struggling” up the stairs again!

The acquisition of the stairlift has been a godsend to me. It has also been a relief to my wife, who had to watch me struggle and even assist.

It allows you to use the energy on something more worthwhile.

All these mobility aids are acquired “in case of need”. We don’t have to use them all the time, if we can manage comfortably.


mmhhpp
2 years ago

Thanks stumbler for your reply! Xxx


mmhhpp
2 years ago

Hi stabler i forgot before to ask. You seem quite informed about ms, appart from reading are you a scientist biologyst or a doctor? Just a curiosity.


vicy
2 years ago

People who have a long leg plaster on sometimes find it easier to go upstairs on their bottom, are your arms strong enough for that?


kellzxox
2 years ago

@mmhhpp I have to go upstairs backwards due to having a few falls for the time being I would suggest that to you it’s a bit easier xx


stumbler
2 years ago

@mmhhpp , I’m not medical in any way, shape or form. I’m more of a computer geek.

But, I have had MS for quite sometime and, over the years, I’ve found quite a lot of time on my hands. So, I’ve learnt a fair bit and know how to find answers on the interweb.

I just really pass on information and talk from personal experience. 😉

And, by the way, prior to my stairlift, if my legs wouldn’t get me up the stairs forwards, I used to go up backwards on my butt, one step at a time.


mmhhpp
2 years ago

Thank you all for your replies! My husband also thought about going backwards on my bottom! Unfortunatelly it is not only my legs affected but my uper body too and once i rich the top of the stairs standing up and turning around it is much harder ?.

Luckily some days i can still go upstais with no help but i don’t know for how long though….☹️.

Hi stumbler a computer gig then ok?!

Take care xxxx


koffeelover
2 years ago

I have a stairlift coming next month!!

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