To those who have been following my posts, I believe I have been rambling on for approx 12 months now, you will no doubt recall that I blamed RLS for my constant falling. But it wasn't until I joined this amazing group and received the expert assistance and advice from the experienced, that I came to believe that restless legs was not the cause of my falls. Not directly anyway. But in hindsight, if I had not been saddled with restless legs, I would not have had any falls, and therefore, I would not have had so many broken bones. And to be quite honest, there was actually too many for me to count. But I shall hazard a guess that it would be in the vicinity of 20-25 +.
You see, I have had RLS since childhood and I don't remember life without it.
I laid in bed every night from about 5 to12 years of age kicking constantly
I would continually kick and kick and kick, cry and pray for God to please, please, cut off my legs, I promise to be good. I seriously thought that it was for some kind of punishment.
I won't go into further details as too long a story for right now but at 12 I conjured up an action that allowed me to move in conjunction with my legs and then of course as an adult I was able to get out of bed and walk around the house for six to eight hours.
It is because of all the constant kicking that I have damaged my knees to the point where I have been told by my orthopaedic surgeon that I require total knee replacement surgery on both. My ligaments and my cartilage is a totally stuffed.
I forget where I was going with this story .... oh yes. I think the question was how does one reply and respond when one is asked the origin of their sometimes noticeable disability.
It is quite obvious to the observer, (or even the unobserver), that I am quite disabled. I need a walker to secure balance, but sometimes I can manage with only the cane.
3 years ago I underwent an arthroscopy on my right knee but unfortunately, I was unable to execute the physiotherapy as the pain was excruciating with both my knees swelling up to twice their normal size, turning red and being extremely painful. There is more to the story but this is not the time and I have gone on for long enough.
The point that I think I am trying to make is that I almost get asked on a daily basis why I am like I am, so I have to be ready with a feasible reason and that's why I have had my explanation at the ready.