Recommendations on crutches during a flare up for the people with rheumatoid arthritis

Looking for opinions / guidance please. Do any of you guys use crutches during a flare up? I'm going to buy a set for when like today I am struggling to walk. Wondering what type are best to get, the under arm type or the fore arm support type??

Donna Field
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I've had to use them after breaking my feet or a ankles, I don't like them as they are painful for my hands.

Lisa Harrington
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What type did you use?

Donna Field 3 years

Donna Field I can't remember, it's been awhile, I used them three times.

Lisa Harrington 3 years

Lisa Harrington thanks anyway. A friend is giving me a set to try so will see how that goes.

Donna Field 3 years

If your hands don't hurt, you might like them. My hands are always the worst, so having to put pressure on them was brutal.

Lisa Harrington 3 years

Lisa Harrington my hands do hurt at times, but today they are fine. Don't think I could use them when my hands are bad.

Donna Field 3 years

Yes and walking sticks when I need to, nothing wrong with it, no shame, this disease is hard enough at times x

Jax Friedman
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Was crawling last night as one foot/ ankle was really bad. Thought crutches may help me to get around, what type do you use? The under arm type?

Donna Field 3 years

No the elbow ones, I've had them since my first hip replacement at 18, x

Jax Friedman 3 years

Thanks Jax

Donna Field 3 years

I couldn’t find ours when I did need them. I would absolutely use them next time as long as my hands are doing ok. I tried a cane but both feel were hurting so that wasn’t a lot of help. I also have a walker. You just never can tell.

Cicely Godfrey
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Crutches hurt my arms. Bc my back is also RD damaged I just use a cane or rollator.

Annette Rangel
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My right foot/ankle flared last week and I used crutches otherwise I wouldn't have been able to walk!

Mandy Ziegler
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I couldn't walk last night, was only my right foot / ankle so think crutches could have helped me walk.

Donna Field 3 years

Donna Field do you take medication as well? I had to go on prednisone to help control the pain

Mandy Ziegler 3 years

Yes, I'm on Methotrexate and Sulfasalazine, I was on Hydroxychloroquine but stopped taking that a few months ago as hadn't had a flare ups for a while. Rheumatologist wanted to start with drawing the meds 1 by 1 but have had a few bad flare ups in the last couple of months. Looking into CBD oil at the moment. Has heard some good things about it!

Donna Field 3 years

I was on methotrexate and blood thinners for my pulmonary embolism... Long story short, was taken off methotrexate as the drs thought this was the reason I hemmoraged from my period. Hoping my RA dr will put me back on as now I have had an ablation and a D andC. I use CBD oil daily and THC/CBD oil at HS to help me sleep

Mandy Ziegler 3 years

I'd like to get off the Methotrexate completely. Hope you get to take it again if you need it.

Donna Field 3 years

My insurance paid for a rolling walker did I use around the house when I need to. See if yours does too.

Teresa Zavala
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Ive used both a walker and a cane

Stacey Bray
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The problem I have is my hands and wrists are so bad during a flair, along with everything else. I can't grasp them. I have tried a walker, but I couldn't use them. I usually just have help getting around. I would think crutches/cane/ Walker would be helpful.

Kerrie Minor
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Kerrie Minor I sometimes find that but this time it's Just in the one place

Donna Field 3 years

Donna Field, then yeah. Do whatever you need to do to stay somewhat active. I have Lupus, RA and Fibroymyalgia. So sometimes it gets unbearable, but I have my husband try and help me walk in my house to keep moving during my flairs. I hope the walker helps you.

Kerrie Minor 3 years

Kerrie Minor thanks. I'm "lucky" in that I only have the RA and no other auto immune issues. That must be hard going. I do like to try keep as active as possible too. Things just get worse if you sit around doing nothing

Donna Field 3 years

Donna Field, yes. I live in Buffalo. We have terribly cold winters and this spring has been crazy as far as temps jumping around, some days it will change by 30 degrees in one day. It's terrible. But, I look at it this way, I could be much worse and I have a great support system. The summers seem to be the best for me. Nov-March is terrible. But again, the more you move, the better.

Kerrie Minor 3 years

Kerrie Minor wow I thought Scotland was bad for temperature variation but 30 degrees is some thing else! Hope the weather warms up for you soon and you get some relief

Donna Field 3 years

I was a folding cane. It works really well. I have one at home and one in the car so if things change it is not far away.

Sabrina Staples
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I just got forearm ones. I love. No strength to hold a cane. These are easy to handle. Crutches are awful

Jody Hollis
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I use a cane

Mary Ziegler
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I use a cane, rolling walker and a wheelchair. Just depends on the severity of my flare

Malette Webber
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Hubby uses a hiking stick as it is spring loaded so cushions impact. Can also change handle to make it comfortable for your hand

Jenny Weiss
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Oh that's a good idea, would be ideal for days it's not too bad. Couldn't weight bear at all last night so that's what made me think of crutches.

Donna Field 3 years

I use a cane. I also have a walker from my spinal reconstruction that I use when things are really bad.

Diana Griffith
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Spinal reconstruction sounds painful!

Donna Field 3 years

Donna, it was the worst (and I've had six major surgeries, and too many to count minor surgeries). My surgeon warned me I would hate him afterward, which I did. He did T9-S1 five years ago, and he wants to do the cervical area now.

Diana Griffith 3 years

I use sticks, crutches or a walker depending on how I am. I invested in some flowery crutches last year as my attitude is if I have to use them they might as well be pretty as well.

Judy Peck
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My husband uses a cane as well. It helps a lot when he needs the extra support.

Ed N Montes
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