Last reply 3 months ago
To stick or not to stick

Ok so im having issues walking . If I shuffle slowly and take small steps Im ok but if i try to walk normally I lose balance. I’ve been like that for 5 days now. I noticed that i can walk faster ( almost normal pace)with a stick . Should I use it?
My doc did tell me in the past its best to stay off it as long as possible to keep muscles strong….but im getting impatient.

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highlander
4 months ago

@cosine
Go with the sick it makes life so much easier ๐Ÿ˜€
No shame in, you need it you use it
Better than falling over any day of the week.
Wish you happy trails ๐Ÿ˜Ž


rogersouthall
4 months ago

you do what is right for you, in my blog I talk about walking and the use of FES, it is interesting and worth a read http://www.wholesorts.com good luck


cosine
4 months ago

Thank you! But if i walk slow i dont feel like ill fall. but is painstakingly slow! What do i do with it if i need to hold something with both hands.


highlander
4 months ago

@cosine
You’ll learn soon enough, I’ve got a chunk out of my arm from refusing to use one when I should have.
I wouldn’t like that to happen to you.
You’ll get used to it, it really does make things easier once you get used to it.


cosine
4 months ago

@highlander Thank you for your encouragement! I’ll nick grandmas stick then!


highlander
4 months ago

@cosine
๐Ÿ˜€ What’s granny gona use?๐Ÿ˜€


rivka
4 months ago

@cosine, my neuro gave me the same advice, but I think in the end, that they are very wrong. I was walking less and less, and feeling more and more unsteady without a cane (stick to you Brits). Once I โ€œgave inโ€, I find I walk faster, longer, and with more confidence. I think all the neurologists mean well, but I donโ€™t think they know what we live with day in and day out.


dominics
4 months ago

@cosine – I have one, I use it for longer – 100m plus – walking. I don’t put much weight on it.

It is personal, not falling over sounds like a far better idea than unexpected and embarrassing tumbles that lead to injury. Not to mention it is always your favourite clothes that you end up wrecking.

The upside is that it is a clue to others that not everything is as you may wish it to be. Peeps are funny, I have old ladies offering me a seat, which forces me to argue the toss and ensure they stay seated. (It is never the young and fit ones, male or female. The other day on the Tube I did offer to just sit on a young man’s lap so I could take the weight off, and the idea of me perching on his lap seemed to motivate him to move.)

Best.


imbarca
4 months ago

@cosine I have broken two bones from two falls and neither of these episodes did my health any good whatsoever! Use the stick and walk safer, further and faster, much better in the long run.

BUT use the minimal support for you. If it’s for balance or to prevent falls get one at a ‘neurological height’ i.e. too high to lean on comfortably (advice from neurophysio). I don’t need a stick indoors but outdooors I use two hiking poles set high as I don’t lean on them, walk way faster and further with them and found that my posture was much better with two poles than one stick. They are also foldable so I can stow them away if i need one of my hands to carry something vital like a latte ๐Ÿ˜‰

Finally, I make a game out of relying on them as little as possble; I try to walk setting them down with as little weight on them as possible. Easy at the beginning of the journey, harder at the end ๐Ÿ™‚


cosine
4 months ago

Thank you so much everyone. Im wanting to use it indoors too. but tbh its my family that i dont want to see me using the stick more than anybody else. They arent very good at handling stress.

But ill definately use it outside.
Dunno what my heart is doing today ( and yesterday evening) its beating soo fast and i get breathless walking


imbarca
4 months ago

@cosine get yourself checked out, my lovely. Not everything is to do with MS. I’ve had similar and ignored for a while assuming ‘ms again’. Once it turned out to be iron deficiency anemia and once thyroid problems.


cosine
4 months ago

@imbarca

it happened last time aswell along with my other symptoms. ecg was fine. and ive lost the peak flow thing they gave me. i have a feeling my heart is trying to compensate for my weak lung muscles.

i was in cdu on monday too. my heart rate and bp was high there too but the consultant was insisting i had anxiety. i actually didnt go there for thag i went to my gp for my walking …and she sent me there. But they witnessed my spasms and tremor. thats good because whenever i see my neuro im perfectly fine. i also saw my plantar test was assymetric which wasnt the case in the past. they wouldn’t give me steroids because i dont have a dx i am waiting on my mri results. he wanted to change my amitriptyline to diazepam …but thats not good for pain…. i hope to see my gp tommorow hes not in today


cosine
4 months ago

@highlander

its the one she doesn’t use or like!


doubleo7hud
4 months ago

iv got one, itโ€™s carbon fibre too itโ€™s reet posh I found it hard to find one that did not look completely sh1te but we got there In the end. I can get some speed up with it and the best thing is Iโ€™m less likely to fall flat on me face ๐Ÿ˜‚ on this occasion doctor told me the same but he is not me and he does not have a set of floppy dildos for legs and the balance of a newborn baby ๐Ÿ˜‚ so he can kiss my hairy Yorkshire arse on this occasion and Iโ€™m getting about more than I have been.


cosine
4 months ago

@doubleo7hud

Mind your language young man!

Anyway yes. I need to decorate mine. I like this one because i bought it whilst on pilgrimage . its very simple but i want to get some stickers to jazz it up!

I used to live in yorkshire. Although i live in birmingham now my yorky accent still comes out!

I’m moving around much more too . i use it at home aswell now as im toooo slow without it. My overweight grandma can beat me in a race with her stick.

My GP saw it the other day and he was happy with it if it helped me walk. he adjusted the height for me.


roger
3 months ago

Great blog. I am not too bad – within reason – walking; on a normal day.
However. When I venture to a super market, I really feel better with hands on a trolley.
A bad day, I rarely leave home!
Thoughts?


stumbler
3 months ago

@roger , supermarkets are a funny place. There’s too much going on visually and aurally, which can cause a bit of a sensory overload to our brain. This can make things difficult for us.


highlander
3 months ago

@stumbler
Please can you engrave that in stone and mount it outside my house…..
So that my wife can see it?
Guess where I’ve just been?
Guess who’s in the dog house for being a mizog?
It’s such fun ๐Ÿ˜€


rmdaniels
3 months ago

@highlander
Ok for us non-Scottish breeds, what is a mizog??? ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ


doubleo7hud
3 months ago

@stumbler what supermarket do you go to they hand out oral? Itโ€™s now gonna be the busiest disabled parking in The world ๐Ÿ˜‚


stumbler
3 months ago

@doubleo7hud , I said aural, not oral.

I gave up with oral – it’s boring just talking about it! ๐Ÿ˜‹


highlander
3 months ago

@rmdaniels
Mizzerable Old Gitt


megmeg
3 months ago

You do you. If it helps, use it
Just today my mum and I were discussing getting a wheelchair and keeping it in the boot of the car, but some days I can run. Sometimes I do little workouts and walk round cities. But sometimes I need crutches or I just donโ€™t go out at all because I canโ€™t move and need to be in bed.
All Iโ€™d say is listen to your body. If you need the stick, use it. Just reassess your health every so often to see what would be of benefit to you
Meg xoxo


cosine
3 months ago

@megmeg

Thank you xxx

I like your idea of reassessing my health every so often

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