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Kimberly

Anyone who don't wear prothesis?

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Hi, I am a right leg above the knee amputee and have been since I was 6. I have never realy worn a leg. I walk with crutches. Legs are painful for me. But, I have recently been told I have osteoarthritis in my only knee. This has made me wonder how much prothetics may have changed. I really need to take the stress off my arms and my only leg. The crutches have destroyed my hands, shoulders and wrist. And I have problems with my hip and ankle and now my knee is really bad. My question is do any of you wear a leg for atleast 4 or 5 hours a day and have graphed skin and no muscle and really no stump, just a small bit of bone with graphed skin, with no pain or atleast with tolerable pain? If so what kind of leg and socket do you use? Did you have a specialist make it or what?? I feel like for someone who has been a amputee her whole life I am very uneducated about my options for a prothesis. I haven't had a leg made since I was 16. Thanks for any advice! Oh and I am on Medicare.

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hi im bk but i read about MANY changes with ak. sadly , so many people in the military lost limbs in current war. i think this put a lot of focus on amputees. do check with one or two prosthetics to see if there is now something for you, do some on line searches , too/ good luck

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Hi Kimberley,

I am a hip-disartic-have no left leg. I have a great prosthetist who has made a leg for me. I am working up to wearing it for 4-5 hours a day mainly for me to take the stress off my shoulders and give my good leg a break! Go and talk with a prosthetist, there is much information online so that you feel informed before you go. We (as in the prosthetist and myself did find information about new advances from the military (Walter Reed). The number of amputees that have come out of Iraq and Afghaniston has certainly moved all aspects of prosthetics forward.

Good Luck. Linda

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I hope you are able to find someone to work with you and perhaps ease you into wearing a prothesis. The wear and tear on your body is going to tire you out. They have made wonderful advancements and I wish you all the luck in trying to resolve the issues you are having.

I hope the costs would be covered as many of you know the cost of a prosthesis can come to a frightening sum.

In Canada we are able to get most of the costs covered. Keep us up to date on what you decide to do.

All the best to one and all.

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Thanks for the advice!

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Hi Kimberly,

I know such a person. My GF....about 2 cm femur and using a normal ak suction socket with some kind of garter belt. In about 35 years her stump has "grown" because the leg is mostly hanging at the skin. She uses her leg from morning to night. Her skin is stressed, but most time ok. She hast no pain from the prosthesis....only if skin is bleedy :cool:

The socket is made by a "normal" limb-maker....ok, she knows him about 25 years.

Ciao Thomas

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