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I saw my pain doctor yesterday and because of some complications I've been having, wants me to use a cane (again). I just hate having to use this thing, although I must admit it's saved me from a (bad) trip and/or fall, more than once.

 

It seems like a step backward and it acturally is--it has to do with some complications from autoimmune hepatitis. But I'm glad to be in very good hands, medically. I really like my doctor because she tells me exactly what's going on; doesn't try to sugar-coat it. And if I ask her a question, she answers--TRUTHFULLY. I'm sure most of us have a doctor that won't give them a straight answer or will ADMIT they don't know.  She's a gem.

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 @FuzzyFace   can I ask what is the need for the cane? bad knees or hips?  Bad balance?

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bad balance, caused by medication. I CAN'T stop taking it and there's no substitute so--for now, not forever--I have to use my cane.

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i use a cane.....prevents someone from having to pick me up if i fall!!

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@FuzzyFace wrote "I really like my doctor because she tells me exactly what's going on; doesn't try to sugar-coat it. And if I ask her a question, she answers--TRUTHFULLY. I'm sure most of us have a doctor that won't give them a straight answer or will ADMIT they don't know.  She's a gem.

 

I have a doctor that will do the same and I love her...she does not always try to push meds on the first visit and together we find pathways to healing...thought I was too young to use a cane then decided to see the cane as a tool/helper and not something that will set me back...I use as needed...bad knees that will decide when to work and when not to.Smiley LOL

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Sounds like you're in good hands. I'm another who absolutely ADORES all my doctors, my oncologist especially, he's just the best of the best of the best Heart

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@nana59 wrote:

i use a cane.....prevents someone from having to pick me up if i fall!!

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LOL! that's a good thought.

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I wish I could go back to just my cane.  I am using a walker and oxygen right now and I hate being in this situation.  Count your blessing that you need only the cane.

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It is better to use a cane than fall and hurt yourself, not to mention the embarassment.  If you don't like the cane, can you practice falling gracefully?

I know someone who fell and broke both her arms.  She could not do anything for herself for months.  Now that was embarassing!

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I think a cane is better than falling and then dealing with a broken hip on top of what you already have.