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Get a Cane!

charryccharry Posts: 5,660
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi Everyone, I found it easier to walk so I bought a cane. It takes alot of pressure off my leg. I was using a lumber belt but I'm trying to hold in my tummy to build up my core muscles. I was told not to use a belt by Physio. The cane is great and never have to worry about losing your balnce. Take care. Charry
DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN


  • It's always good(to me)when I hear about the things that help,or actually work for us as opposed to the many negative things that we face every day.

    Every single thing that helps (if it's posted) could make the difference for another person/persons if they are maybe leaning that way,but maybe not sure about ...say the cane for instance,and then they read a positive post.You never know it could help a person come to a decision.

    Good for you!
  • :) hi! i recently started using a cane occasionally. i put it off as much as i can but i am afraid my left leg will fall out from under me without it sometime. i have only found people to be even more helpful to me. i am glad you have found your cane to be so helpful and an advantage in helping you walk. anything that helps is so good to hear about as Robin says. thank you for sharing! Jenny :)
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  • Ironically, I am buying one next week.I need it too!!!
  • If only I would follow it myself, lol. I have had a cane for over a year now but I find that most of the time I feel "too embarrassed" to use it! I think because I'm only 34, but like Jenny said, my leg too just goes out on me w/o warning and the cane would help me in that situation. I did use it more last winter tho because of the fear of falling on the snow or ice, so I am going to try to make myself start using it more now that we've had our first official snow of the season! I don't walk far, just from my door to the car, or from the car into whatever place I go which isn't very often, or sometimes when the weather is nice I attempt to go for walks even tho I don't go very far beyond my own parking lot at my apartment. I guess that limited amount of walking has been my "excuse" for not using it, even tho I know inside that the truth is because I'm embarrassed and worry what other people will think of me. Especially guys...I don't wanna be alone forever and I worry that no guy will want me if he sees me with a cane or knows about my back/leg problems. Stupid I know...that's my point here is that I know I do need to take your advice and use the darn thing and I guess I just needed to admit it or something, lol.

    Thank you for putting this here...I bet more than just me will take your message to heart!

    Take care of you...
  • we were ending our vacation at the meteor crater near Flagstaff Az. last month. We had to go up a few steps made of stone and on the way down my left leg/ankle went out and sprained my ankle. I used a cane a couple days afterward which helped alot. I have one my mother left and I use it to help keep me balanced when taking walks and I feel a little unsteady.
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  • I got a cane(my friends) and wow it has helped big time.

    I am getting a custom one hopefully for x-mas.I made the mistake of over doing it yesterday and without it, the bed would be my only choice.
  • good for u charry and thanks for sharing.

    i know its a big step to get and use a cane. i was standing in line at the pharmacy last month and while i was wobbling and waiting i started to look at the canes hanging up in front of me. yes i started to use the one i bought =D> . it was a good 20 $ investment for me. for me its a balance issue.

    here are a few things that also help me:

    i bought a good pair of rag wool gloves for my coldness in my hands and fingers. they were 13 $. they have 1000 grams of thinsulate and are fingerlesswith a flap for the 4 fingers and another flap for the thumb.

    i bought a fleese neck warmer that velcrows in the back so u dont have to put the thing on over your head.

    i bought a pair of fleece lined slippers that i can slip on and wear outside in the snow on very cold days for about 40 $.

    i also bought 2 soft neck collars about 11 $ ea. i keep one in our truck and the other in the house.

    it seems these little things really help me throughout the day and i look at them all like good new tools.

    sorry charry for the long post andagain thanks for this posting this thread. wish u good health and i will say a prayer for u.
  • charry- I too have to use a cane to get out in public. My left leg can buckle and now my right leg seems to be having sympathy pains.

    I lose my balance too and find I can lean on the cane for support. I get weird looks sometimes and kids really love to look at me and my cane. I've had a couple kids try to wrestle it away from me. They were too innocent to know it was not a toy to play with. <:P <br />
    I have a few canes but use the one that I can fold up. Once I had a cane that a stewardess grabbed away from me to store in the overhead bin way in front of me. And then she left and told me to buzz for it if I need it. I was humiliated as she was loud and rude for no reason. L) I was not going to use it as a weapon but maybe I should have tripped her later..oops..sorry miss.. :B jade
  • --so what if you are young and need to use a cane? what other people think of you is not nearly as important as your safety, and ease of mobility.
    i too use a cane when walking in an open area (anything outside my apt ;) ) but also need to use one of those motoized cart in any store that will take me more than 15 min. to be there. i am 38 and "morbidly obese" with alot of pain, numbness, weakness, ect. and yes people look at me different, and yes i feel wronged for needing one while there is a 70+ person walking just fine in front of me. but without it i could fall, embarass myself further, and send me back to the hospital with no one to care for my kids. so i'm careful and take the safe road as all of you should.--why risk making things worse just because we are worried about what others think?
    ---why worry about what others think, when there are so many other challanges for us to focus on?

    ---and my greatest help ever through out this ordeal is the serenty prayer--- O:) O:) :-C :-C O:) :? :) :) >:D< #:S
  • I wish I had read this post a week ago. I fell down my steps last week because my ankle gave out and my legs are weak while I was walking down and I hurt my knee, ankle and added more pain to my back. I too am young (30) and feel embarrassed to you use one even though I know I should and know it would be helpful. I lose my balance very easily when I walk because my legs are so weak. I feel like my body is going down the tubes since I turned 30.

    I sympathize with your fear of not being able to find someone. I can imagine this would be a hard thing to deal with being single as us women tend to over analyze things and think the worst about ourselves :S , however, if a man won't date you because you have a cane, he isn't worth dating anyway because it means he won't be there for you in your time of need. Hang in there and keep your head held high.
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