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  1. Hay guys and girls I’m new to the amputee world just about a year having a lot of trouble with phantom pain any tips other then pain medication for me thanks 

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    Ottobock Genium X3

    A good socket fit is more important than the choice of knee even for an AKA....
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    New amputee with dreaded phantoms

    Completely normal for sensations to be all over the place.... at your stage I was in pain all the time no matter what ....
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    UK Travel isurance

    Hi Joan, I am LAK and I found the travel insurance at www.essentialtravel.co.uk very resonable though you will need to go through an on line screning process for which you have to pay for up front.... Steve :-)
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    New Leg

    Hi Guys, We I have a new leg it has a mecury Endolite Hi Activity knee (hydraulic) and a Ossur Iceross liner all very new -- some advice needed.... 1. The liners sometimes catches er .. sensitive hairs - I have seen the "pants thread" and think I now understand but any further thoughts. 2. I am missing the stability of my prebious knee (Endolite ESK+) has anyone else transitioned? It is great to be without the dreded belt and furry socks :-) You may recall that I named my previous leg Larry well the new one is called Lucy. Why a lady, well she is more complex and has taken a long time to get ready :-) Steve
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    Things I have learned......

    Hi Guys, I am LAK and am coming up to my 1 year anniversary (since a RTA) so thought I would share thngs I have learned with you all: not saying they are pertinant to anyone else but me! In no particular order... 1. Do not rush into adaptations for your house - ultimately I did not need any. 2. Accept help if offered from strangers or at least be polite and friendly - you may not need it but they may not offer it again to someone who does if you are offhand. 3. Be firm with friends and loved ones in accerting your independance - but take time to explain. 4. Wheelchair stability if less without your leg - watch me somersault backwards!!!!! 5. Showers/ baths : If you are sittting on the ground you can't fall over! (I sometimes use a shower seat or stand on my one leg though.. ) 6. Travelling:Just travelled for work to India (about 9 hours) airport security was fine (UK and India) they have seem an amputee before , help is availble if needed but I didn't need any. Since I was travelling business class leg room was not a problem..... 7. Leg: Good socket fit is essential- make sure your socket is comfortable you should be able to wear it for 12+ hours. 8. Work: I retuned to work about 6 Months after my accident- Be open and honest with your colleagues, they will be unsure what to say to you so help them out!!!!! (one senior manager saw me walking and asked if I had an ingrowing toenail ...... I paused laughed and explained (he hadn't heard about my accident) ....he was a little embarassed! Just some thoughts..... Steve
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    Travel shower chairs??

    Hi Susan, I am LAK and I either just sit in the shower or bath or I have used a fold flat step to sit upon..... Regards Steve
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    More Steps Forward.........

    hI, My amputation was in August 08 (RTA) : got my leg in March 09 , delay due issuesith my wound healing... steve
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    More Steps Forward.........

    Hi All, Just wanted to share with you my small steps forward made during my weekend away in the Peak District. Well I :- 1. Managed to walk across country (up hill and down dale) from Thorpe into Dovedale and back (at least 2 Miles :-)) 2. Managed to cover 26 miles in a day in my Trike along the Tissington trail - I made quite an impression with my one leg pedalling and my artificial leg "Larry" being held out of the way in my homemade support....will try to attach a photo. 3. Also managed a visit to the Tram museum at Crich - lots of walking....but an interesting place Since I got my leg my mobility has increased - the world is not wheelchair friendly :-( Additionally I have been working away from home, staying in hotels and also visiting aircraft hangers. Hotels are interesting, thought I would ask for an adapted room but in reality I can manage with a standard bath or shower. I do have a bath stool but have yet to use it. All in all things are going ok, except that my stump is shrinking and so socks have had to be added and also my socket has been re-lined. Steve (LAKA)
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    Hi everyone!

    Greetings from Hitchin UK! This forum is a very useful resource ! Steve
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    Another Step Forward?

    Steve Hi Steve, Now you have gone and done it , if my better half reads this I will be expected to help with the weekly shopping, didn’t anyone tell you this is something that us men shouldn’t do under any circumstances ??. Your poor arty leg will never forgive you! & I thought that you were getting on ok with your leg? Fancy subjecting it to that. It’s not designed for shopping. (Weren’t you warned?) Well done, you have every right to be impressed with yourself, it the little things that show we are getting back to normality (whatever that is). I suppose my better half will drag me along now (sigh) as I will have no excuses, thanks mate. ……………………….take care Mick Hi Mick, ..actually my line is that its not designed for gardening - my consultant promised me a letter on that subject Regards Steve
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    Another Step Forward?

    Hi Guys, Three weeks after receiving my leg I managed to do the weekly supermarket shop with my other half without any sticks or crutches.... I was pretty impressed with myself Just needed to share this small step forward with people who understand the issues .......... Regards Steve
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    What Do You Call Yours?

    Depending on whether they're doing their job or not, I either call them something very rude or just 'legs'/'prostheses'. There's nothing wrong with calling your leg a name ... I think it's a way of identifying with it? Yes, I wasn't sure whether having a name for it was a good idea....... Steve
  14. Hi Guys, What do you call your artificial leg ? I have just got mine and and I call mine "Larry" as in "Larry the leg". Me and Larry are getting on fine and even often go for a walk together - Am I mad do I need help? I must admit that Larry is also getting the blame for "stuff" - he is very untidy and often loses my keys Steve
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    First Leg... a Step Forward

    Ok Guys, My pants are fine ! - My trouser problem is that the socket is huge - because my stump is large.... so my jeans kinda fit in a very lumpy way.....just tried my work trousers and they are ok.... Also my knees do not seem to be aligned and it appears that the lengtth from my hip to artificial knee is about 2" longer when sitting (due partially to me sliding out of the socket) ... this is just something I have noted .... Still learning I guess! Steve