I have arthritis in my hands and wrists. Also in back,I see a reumtoilgist . I had sciatica in December and also had a miniscus tear in my knee. I got a shot in my back for sciatica, it helped. Tremendously. I then had surgery on my knee for the tear and it's almost well. Since all this happened, I have had a hard time getting up out of chair and toilet seat. I am 62 years old and a good size girl but I haven't ever had this kind of trouble. I am at my wits end I take plaquenal and methotrexate for my arthritis.
Cathyr1; I feel your pain and am so sorry you are having to deal with this. Really I think you should call your doctors office and ask how do you get the people to come out to your house and help put in the things you need. such as a toilet raiser, Handles on wall or shower whatever they well look and see what you need. It is a wonderful service and cost me nothing when I was released from the hospital so if you still can't get a hold of anyone call your hospital and as for someone in the social service dept. And they even sent a physical therapist to my house 2 to 3 times a day just to work on my legs to help me get out of the chair. They well go through your medicine but I don't see anything that would cause you these problems keep positive and make those phone calls. good luck to you chuck1957
I feel your pain. When your knees are not able to move your body it's time for professional help.
Until this can be arranged you need some common sense advice.
1) A bedside commode is easy to come by in thrift stores.
You can use it as a raised toilet seat without the cost of installing grab bars on the wall and changing toilet seats.
Here's how :
- Make sure you have a space of 4-6" on either side of toilet.
- Remove potty from commode.
- push commode back to cover toilet and you are set to go (lol... get it?)!!!
- You have the raised toilet with the arms to push up on.
- Take the potty part and use it as a potted plant!
You need to learn how to avoid stressing your knees.
- Lean forward on a coffee table to support your arms and then push up.
- Getting out of bed, try and swing around so you are backwards. Facing the bed, use your arms to push upright.
- You are the perfect candidate for home physical or occupational therapy to evaluate your home and do teaching on mobility and safety.
- I didn't catch if you are using a walker. It would save you so much effort if you could get one. The good thing is your arms are about to become a lot stronger!
Best of luck.
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