Help me use these crutches with less pain!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by dinodebi, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. dinodebi

    dinodebi New Member

    I've somehow sprained my left knee and have been put in a knee immobilizing brace, given a pair of regular crutches, and told to stay off my knee. X-rays showed nothing, so I'm waiting on a consult to an orthopedic specialist, possibly an MRI.
    In the meantime, the crutches are causing even more pain throughout the rest of my body. They're sized right and i'm staying off my feet as much as possible, but the pain is still getting worse, and it's been only two days! The pain is mainly in my hands/wrists and the inner arm/outside of breast where the crutch presses against.
    I know forearm crutches have been highly recommended, and there are places to buy accessories to put more padding on the crutches, but I just don't have any money for anything else. And the pain isn't limited to just those pressure points. Once I sit down for the day, the pain just starts radiating up and down from my fingers to my shoulders.
    Please pass on any ideas on how to deal with this, since it could be up to a month I'll be dealing with it :-(
  2. sascha

    sascha Member

    i have been on crutches a number of times in the past. it does call on muscles and create stress points not normally in use. i recommend getting foam rubber and maybe duct tape- some very strong tape- and making points that carry weight and that you hold onto as soft and comfortable as possible.

    you will adjust but it's tough. be careful- and good luck with healing- sascha *maybe call medical supply place and get advice on how to best pad your crutches- exactly what to use
  3. SnooZQ

    SnooZQ New Member

    I know money is an issue, but if you can rent a mobility scooter it will make your life a lot easier. Or perhaps borrow one? You may find a medical supply place that will take installment payments ...

    You'd still need cane/s or crutches for transferring, but that would be minimal wear & tear on your tender points.

    Sounds like you could use better pain control. Call your doc.

    If all else fails, you can try wrapping your crutches w/fabric or foam for extra padding. Do you have any tensor bandage sitting around? That can be wound over the padding for a relatively neat look.

    Best wishes.