How Mobility Aids Improve Living with Chronic Illness

Mobility aids can and will improve living with a chronic illness if we give them a chance. Find out why and how!

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Mobility aids improve living with a chronic illness in many ways. Yet so many who experience debilitating pain and fatigue from them refuse to use them. I know this because for many years I was that person. I worried more about inconveniencing those I went anywhere with and what people who weren’t aware of my health status thought than I did about my own health and wellness!

Here is a breakdown of what is lost when we don’t use a mobility aid and what we gain when we do!

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What happens when we choose to do everything the way we used to

When fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, and endometriosis first began interfering with normal activities, my first response was that there was NO WAY I was going to let them control my life. On one hand, that mindset was good as it prevented me from giving up. But on the other hand, if I had known how much it was going to cost, I would have done things differently.

The cost of not using a mobility aid:

  • Less time spent out of the house
  • Increased levels of pain
  • Less time to spend with family
  • More money and time spent on trying to relieve pain
  • Increased risk of injuries
  • Having to give up certain activities

What happens when we modify how we do things

The second choice we have is to modify our activities. My first response when I began experiencing trouble with standing and walking was to cut down how much I did. While it sounded reasonable, it was actually harmful. It hurt not just me, but my family because it limited how much I could do with them. Another way it was hurtful was because my abilities fluctuated so greatly, there was no way to predict how much I could handle on a daily basis. That uncertainty grew into an unhealthy fear of going anywhere I wasn’t familiar with.

By utilizing mobility aids I get to do more than my body would otherwise allow. When using a mobility aid I stress less about long lines or the duration of my outing. Instead, my focus is on the people I am with and the purpose of our adventure.


How mobility aids improve living with a chronic illness:

  • They extend how long we can be out
  • Rollators allow us to walk/stand farther
  • Wheelchairs make it possible to spend a day out when we lack the strength or energy to stand or walk
  • May prevent pain spikes
  • Decreases the chance of injury

I want to be clear, I am not saying that you should invest in a mobility aid(s) the moment you are diagnosed. But if you notice a pattern of losing time and of increased pain due to normal physical activities such as walking and standing, your life will improve if you accept the assistance a mobility aid can provide.

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Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

7 thoughts on “How Mobility Aids Improve Living with Chronic Illness

  1. Very good blog and excellent statements y’all. My top goal has always been to get off the meds whatever it takes. Achieved that. Since I don’t believe in showing my disabilities to everybody I keep the use of mobility aids to a minimum. I prefer to hide my leg braces underneath loose clothing and only use crutches for longer distances. This gives me a more temporary feeling … Even tho it might be wrong.

  2. Really good points, and I agree on how you don’t have to invest as soon as you develop problems or get diagnosed. It’s if/when the problems start impacting and hindering too much of your life, when you notice pain is increased without them or you’re becoming housebound and cut off from the world without having something to help you get out every now and then. There should be no shame with mobility aids either, and it’s awful to think many of us feel embarrassed enough to not use them or reluctant to have people see us with them.

    Caz xx

  3. I couldn’t agree more. I own 2 canes which i rarely use, but they are there when i need them. 1 in the house and 1 in the car. Why? Out of nowhere my knee decides to hurt so bad i cant get up. I can’t walk. I had a couple instances where it was extremely painful to get out of bed, and to walk yet i needed to get to the bathroom. So that is why i bought them.

    1. Smart move on keeping an extra in your car! I don’t know about you, but just knowing I have the extra support I need (even if I leave it in the trunk) decreases how much I stress about being out.

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