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    Hi Becky;

    There is a highly recommended alternative SCI recovery/rehabilitation facility in Chicago. It is called Next Steps. Check it out.

    John
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    Hi Becky,
    Nothing you are expressing seems strange to me at all, nor does it seem the least bit selfish. As I think you know I have been sitting in this chair for a VERY long time now, and at one time did peer counseling. I can't even begin to tell you the number of people that I saw try braces only to discard them eventually as being either too exhausting or just downright impractical. Please don't berate yourself. The truth is that a chair often offers more opportunity than trying to balance on braces. You can carry things, you can feel safe on slippery surfaces, and so on. Braces were never an option for me, so I hope I don't come off sounding as though I am advocating total wheelchair living just because of that, but I honestly have seen many people at your level who dumped the whole brace concept and have never looked back.

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    You are not alone!

    It is completely understandable to become frustrated from time to time and to want abilities that others may have, it's happened to all of us at some point. As a low level paraplegic I'm sure others have looked at you and thought the same thing. I too have been frustrated and annoyed at having to use a brace to walk, and I use only an AFO! It does take time and a lot of work to get upright with or without braces and only you can decide if you have the patience to give the braces a real shot because the truth is that you don't know how functional it will be until some time has passed. You should definitely look into an aggressive exercise program, I've heard good things about NextSteps. Building up your leg muscles is extremely important to making the whole brace thing a lot easier.

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    John and Darkways, I am definately going to look into Next step. Thanks so much for the info. Darkways, you are right about the whole concept of it being functional or not and it definately is the farthest thing from functional at the moment. I think I am a pretty patient person, I just have to be reminded occasionally.

    Becky,
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    Hi Becky, I have KAFO's and they are difficult to put on, due to the design, and move around with. I don't have a clear picture of the issues you are having with braces. Would you elaborate? One of the problems I have when using them is getting past the 'tone' in my upper legs and hips. For about fifteen minutes or so I have to fight the tone to move but then I loosen up a bit and it gets easier. Other times I will get some spasms that pull me to one side or the other, luckily I've not fallen! I would love to get to the point where I can use the braces as addisue said to 'do the dishes' or anything else in addition to exercise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FasterNow
    Hi Becky, I have KAFO's and they are difficult to put on, due to the design, and move around with. I don't have a clear picture of the issues you are having with braces. Would you elaborate? One of the problems I have when using them is getting past the 'tone' in my upper legs and hips. For about fifteen minutes or so I have to fight the tone to move but then I loosen up a bit and it gets easier. Other times I will get some spasms that pull me to one side or the other, luckily I've not fallen! I would love to get to the point where I can use the braces as addisue said to 'do the dishes' or anything else in addition to exercise.
    I found that much of my kafo induced tone came from very tight hamstrings/hip flexors. I'd put them on which yanked on my hamstrings which would ignite the tone. A good stretching routine has helped a lot. I wonder if wearing them for 15 minutes, as you say, in effect stretches out the muscles and relaxes the tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FasterNow
    Hi Becky, I have KAFO's and they are difficult to put on, due to the design, and move around with. I don't have a clear picture of the issues you are having with braces. Would you elaborate? One of the problems I have when using them is getting past the 'tone' in my upper legs and hips. For about fifteen minutes or so I have to fight the tone to move but then I loosen up a bit and it gets easier. Other times I will get some spasms that pull me to one side or the other, luckily I've not fallen! I would love to get to the point where I can use the braces as addisue said to 'do the dishes' or anything else in addition to exercise.
    Yes, that is the problem that I have the tone from my hips all the way through my legs. The only difference is that it gets harder for me the longer that I am standing. After 15 minutes of it I am basically my own vibrating roller coaster ride. I actually was told today that I am being dropped from PT for now since the spasms are still not under control. Well, I'm sorry, I can't help that. It makes me so angry. Now I have to go home and tell my mom that I won't be going to PT anymore and she will shoot me and tell me that I wasn't trying hard enough. I did as much as I could before I got to my breaking point but it still isn't good enough for her. I left a note for my doc for advice but I am still really worried about having to tell her. I know that it doesn't mean I can't go back after I figure out what I can do for this spasticity but she doesn't get that.

    Becky,
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    since 1/3/04

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    I'm not a family psychologist but I'd tell your Mom to go shove it up her butt because she has no frikkin idea what it's like to have a spinal cord injury.

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    Alpentalic, stretching definately helps! I notice a big difference with a good stretch.

    Becky, this is my second attempt at a response...the first got killed when I tried to post so I'm leaving some things out. The most important thing I wanted to say was to take a look at Project Walk. Using the spasms rather than dropping you from PT seems like a better approach. I've never been to Project Walk but I use my spasms every day getting into and out of my vehicle to stand for a few seconds. This is just my opinion of course but being involved with the right people can make a huge difference. Take a look around and consider the philosophies of the organisations/people you spend your money and time with.
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    Hey Becky....I defer to a post by Mr Coffee. He said that when he would get aggervated putting on his KAFO, he would remind hisself that there was a time that he didnt have the return to use the thing. Or something to that effect.... his statement is my motivation each time I get flustered messing with the darn thing. There was a time when we couldnt, or no reason for putting on these PIA add-ons. Now we have a reason, and that reason is we want to walk, to regain what we once had.

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