want aids do you use?

its me again, but just so relived to find your experience...makes me feel less lonely.

Currently my left arm is so so so painful. I have had an injection in to the elbow but its my forearm and shoulder which hurts, do you strap limbs when they hurt or is it better to keep using the muscle/joint? also my legs/hips plus my feet really hurt when I walk, I don't want to use a wheelchair as defo not that bad but what aids would you recommend and why? I know we are all individual but your experience would really help. Thank you everyone really appreciate your advice x

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  • Hi Poppy, sorry to hear that you are lonely no need there is always someone on here 😃. It depends, there is always something hurting somewhere isn't there LOL. , I use supports for my neck, knees, hands etc when they are playing up, don't know what I'd do without my heating pads or hot water bottle.

    Last year I had an awful. time with my neck /shoulder but thankfully a chiropractor sorted it for me, take care

  • Hi, I use voltarol gel. From the doctor for arms and shoulders feet as well and use a rollater with seat to help walking I feel that I am not ready yet for wheelchair and couldn't use a stick because it made my hands sore, I had to bite the bullet and use the walker because I felt so embarrassed the first time but now I couldn't and wouldn't go out without it and I call it my wheels. Best wishes

  • I use a cane when I am up to it. A walker when I feel unsteady. And applied for scooter. Fingers crossed that I am approved! For my flare ups! I too don't want to go into a chair but that more to do with me being stubborn as a mule!! I have fought a chair my entire life and well ... That is just me. Good luck

  • I am so genuinely sorry to read that you are suffering and struggling so much and I sincerely hope that you can find the answers that you are looking for.

    I personally use a Tri-Walker as I have issues with balance and walking for any length of time. I get the most horrendous pain in my elbows and wrists as I also have arthritis and I do sue the blue fabric elbow and wrist supports when the pain starts as I find they really work for me.

    I want to genuinely and sincerely wish you all the best of luck.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • I use a crutch, always when I am outdoors, and sometimes when indoors. I have a bath board and stool for the bathroom, and a wedge for the bed.

    I have a lot of problems with my wrists, so use some splints when the pain and weakness is really bad.

    I have a messed up shoulder (long story) so occasionally will need to rest it, or put it in a sling.

    Of course the hot water bottle/heat bags are very valuable.

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