I have a working diagnosis of M.E/Fibro and am waiting on referrals to both Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.
I currently use a walking stick to help me get around outdoors and I do not find this as helpful as I used to.
I was also given a walking frame for indoor use and I find this a lot more supportive.
I can get around my local area using my stick (albeit slowly) and I find longer journeys difficult due to pain and fatigue.
My Husband and I will be travelling to Birmingham (we live in Manchester) at the end of November to visit an exhibition at the NEC.
I am reluctant to go because it is impossible to predict how I will be feeling that day and I realise that there will be a lot of standing and walking involved.
My Husband suggested that I could use a wheelchair to get around so that I can conserve my energy.
He also pointed out that my pain levels are likely to be lower because the wheelchair will eliminate the need to stand and walk.
I realise that these are valid points and I wondered whether those of you who already use wheelchairs would be willing to share your experience