Will using a stick help with spinal pain

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I have spondulosis in my spine as well as osteoporosis and Fybromyalgia. I find when I go out I can't walk very far without coming home in agony.  I have problems with both my upper and lower spine and also recently been told I've got a couple of old breaks in the centre of my spine.  I keep wondering if using a walking stick would help with the pain and mean I could walk a bit further when out.  Can anyone help?


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    Hi Kathleen, I also have problems with my spine, and started  using a stick about 5 years ago which I did find helpful, the only problem being that after a while I would get pain in the hand using the stick. About a year ago I started using an elbow crutch instead of my stick, and that made a big difference. These days I still can't walk far without pain, but using my crutch helps, and helps my balance too. x

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    Hi Kathleen, ya just as Jeanne said it will help a little although my hands become very sore quickly. Have bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and had surgery on one hand, waiting for the other one. Perhaps the elbow crutches may be better for you? At least we can get out for a short time as opposed to not function outside at all. Give yourself a regular breaks when mobile.

    Hope this helps love


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    Hello, Kathleen, I have all the things you have plus PMR (polymyalgia rheumatica). I use a cane to walk and it helps a lot. I also got a walker with wheels. It helps me take more weight off my legs when walking and use the appropriate posture while walking. Never knew these diseases would be so disabling. Best wishes! Linda 
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