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    The use of a walker
    SaintIvy posted:
    I've been using a walker from time to time. I have Fibromyalgia all the time, but there are those times when it gets really bad.My Rhumetologist said that she never heard of someone with Fibromyalgis, she doesn't understand what I'm feeling and going through. It's one thing to learn about it in Medical School and it's another to actually be going through it yourself. She made me feel bad that I was using a walker, when indeed I need to at times especially if I need to walk quite a ways or if I get tired. My walker also has a bench and I found it in a thrift shop a ways back.I just knew that at some point I would need it and it was on sale. I knew because of my slow pace of walking and the pain.Also, I wil be starting water therapy at the Ymca.

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    booch007 responded:
    First, Get a new DOCTOR. You cannot see someone who has no clue of your condition.

    This person scares me. This is a red flag.

    I am so proud of you that use this walker. You have no idea how many people NEED them and refuse to move past a cane or just get a walker for the stability it offers.

    I am proud of you, I am glad for you. KEEP MOVING though.

    Make sure your supplements are right and you are hydrated, but I really have to say for the doc to say that.....NOT GOOD. In the past I also had a doc who said, "I have no idea", he was still my anchor as I sought out the right fit physician. Then he found me mine!

    A myofascial specialist in my neurology group. You have to have a physician champion, doesn't matter if rheumatology, Internist, Neurologyor Physiatry....the mix of meds is arduos to get right for us, the patience you need for our all adds up.

    I am sorry that you have some shopping to do here for the fit, but I am glad to hear you take care of yourself. DON'T feel bad! I am proud of you. Falling and breaking a bone, hip or head is no place to go. Be safe, be stable and I love the seat and ability to rest.

    I have always said i am getting the triangular one (red of course) with the seat....when it is my time. I have run out of gas, unable to walk the rest of the store with nothing to help....I only shop where there is a wagon to push and hold on to (canot carry a bag of items around) So CUDDOS to you!!!

    Hope this finds you feeling better today! Nancy B
    TomJust responded:

    Good for you, keep moving, keep walking. Happy to hear about your water exercise class. We all need to keep doing gentle exercise.

    I've started using a hiking stick-more to steady myself than to support myself. Sometimes people look at me. I smile right back. My doctor is fine with it as long as I use it as a tool and don't become dependent. It's the type you can buy at sports supply stores. It telescopes so I can carry it with me or keep it in the car for when I need it. Nancy B (as usual) is right. Find a new doctor!

    rudyandirmouse replied to TomJust's response:
    Hi, Linda R here and I say if it's what helps you get around use it! I have had to use a cane now and again through the years, didn't like to, but did , cause I needed the help.. so I understand.. If it helps you get your day back from "the dragon" then by all means use what ever you have to.

    And dump the doctor who told you not to use one. You need a doctor that both treats you and understands what you are going through. This guys sounds like a uncaring and unsupportive person.. and remember you pay him not the other way around.. so find a new doctor who cares!
    Gentle hugs going out to you.
    Linda R.
    1dazygal responded:
    You know when your weak and your balance is off. Many fibro people have balance issues. I just stood up2-3 weeks ago, went to take a step and fell to the floor i couldnt get up till my husband came home, and it turns out broke a bone in my knee. I hit on hands and knees.

    I use my walker when I'm feeling the need like now with my leg in a brace. All the other times I use canes. (have herniated discs).

    I went on Amazon and bought 6 in different patterns. They can be very cute! I keep one in the car and the others in various parts of the house for when I need help.

    It's important to regconiez you need help. I can't walk a large store or mall. Just trying to accept it.

    I would be concerned about a Dr who said they hadn't heard of fibro. Best wishes to you and follow your instinct .
    1dazygal replied to TomJust's response:
    Tom I use these along with canes. I like it will push down short enough to fit in an inside parka pocket or purse.

    I find there great to keep you steady instead of putting your weight on wrist and arm. Ouch
    TomJust replied to 1dazygal's response:
    I have the same problem as you. If I sit too long and stand up fast. I stagger like I'm drunk. And I don't drink alcohol! Tom
    spookiesmom replied to TomJust's response:
    I have a small quad cane, and a really neat one my great grandfather made from a stick. Some day I may need a walker. I will use it.

    So people look. People wear glasses too., so what? You would look worse on the floor surrounded by EMTs!

    I agree, find a new doc, or send her here. Let her talk to DrP!
    SaintIvy replied to booch007's response:
    Thank You so much for your Encouraging and Compassionate Words !!! You made My Soul Smile !!! And may God Bless You !!!

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