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Advice Please on Growing Older With CP
Hi I am an active 49 year old with CP Dipledgia which affects both my legs. I have never used a wheelchair and only started to use a walking stick in 1986 when I left home. I now use two walking sticks to get around as the muscles in my legs are very tight and I need more support to walk. Since 2012 I have been using Orthotics in my shoes which have helped to reduce the pain in my knees. Last year I also started getting pain in the top of my leg when I sit for long periods of time so now I find it difficult to sit comfortably and when I get up to move I am so stiff I can't move. I have been seeing a brilliant physio on the NHS but can only get 6 weeks treatment at a time which we spread over a period of months. I find these sessions really useful but wish I could go every week. I cycle my tricycle to work every day and use it at weekends and I swim once or twice a week too so I keep active. I already take Baclofen only 10mg x3 a day as it makes me sleepy and as I have a full time job I need to be awake! Would it be worth trying some splints maybe at night to give my hamstrings a stretch while i'm a sleep? If there is anyone out there of a similar age to me with any tips on how to deal with CP and getting older then I would love to hear from you.