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Old 09-15-2016, 01:17 PM
Suebee Suebee is offline
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TM- good ideas! Do you find your arms tire with swinging? Dave said it took some getting use to it. I'm going to a spinal neuro surgeon for consult end of month. My lack of overall muscle strength and walking impaired but without assurance and iv steroids has put a lot of stress on my spine. I'm not interested in surgery but plan on asking ways to manage my spine with braces, forearm crutchs, sleeping pillows etc. I hope stix can help!
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Old 09-24-2016, 06:52 PM
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Teena Marie,
Thanks for the info. I use a set of walking sticks now (Black Diamond) but I do get a little concerned with my balance. That said, I saw a PT this week and discovered something very interesting. I always assumed that I had an issue with Footdrop. My PT said that given my strength, he doesn't think that it is Footdrop but a issue with my knee bend. I have been trying to pay attention to that this week and I think this guy maybe on to something. Thanks for the info on the walking that is huge motivation to get moving.
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:01 PM
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Hey Dave....thanks for that. I appreciate it. I will check them out
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:29 PM
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Dave,

Did you get fitted with these or did you just purchase them from the website?
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Old 09-25-2016, 03:35 PM
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Hi all,

Suebee, arms feel good with sidestix.

I continue to take more walks, especially after a swim. Overall, it feels good and a slight increase in stamina. Keeping the core cool really helps and gives me an extra boost. I try to send messages to my feet and legs reminding them how to work.

Jimapin, interesting about the foot drop. I also have been told that it comes from the hip so work on that messaging.

Take care all,

Teena Marie
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Old 10-04-2019, 04:08 PM
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I'm bumping this popular post back to the top so others can see it and chime in with new tips. MS and walking challenges are always essential topics of conversation.
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Old 10-06-2019, 10:40 AM
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Default Thank you for bumping this up. I have been reading through a lot!

I use a three wheeled walker. Have used it for 25 years. I use it when I am away from my farm.
Here is the problem..
These walkers had a simple system to raise and lower the height of the handlebars. You push the button on the pole and move the pole up or down to adjust height and the button you pushed pops into a different hole. Do the other side and have control. The way outside summer umbrellas work.

I raise and lower to fit into my car and to use it outside when walking. Useful. Very useful. Suddenly the process changed and now I have to do something else to raise and lower the handlebars. pain in the neck. But they are all made this new way. All that I can find.

I realized that I am hunching over the handlebars. Actually my PT noticed this. She helped a lot by telling me to remember to angle my elbows toward my waist to straighten my spine.

But! I would be so grateful if I found a source to buy the original. I need 6” solid rubber wheels . Not those flimsy thin Winnie walker type walker.

Still farming and crawling but sometimes I go public and want to focus on stopping this hunching over but want the ease of my original 3 wheeled walker..��
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:13 AM
AMFADVENTURES AMFADVENTURES is offline
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Still walking here too but for anything more than a quick lap around the grocery store, I use a cane or walking pole. For distances more than a mile I also use an AFO. I don't like the AFO though because it seems to cause my knee to hyper extend, something I've noticed frequently in other people who use them. Anybody know how to get around that problem?

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