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Hi, my name is icarus!

icarusicarus Member Posts: 31 Courageous
i lost both legs in an accident about 10 years ago im just over 60 can still ride a tricycle climb ladders and take a canoe out on the sea but have a lot of pains i never had before had to make my own prosthetic swimming fins and disability trikes and  scooter just chopping abicycle up to make a step through frame


  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,745 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @icarus! Sounds like you can get quite creative with bits and pieces! What's been the best thing you've created from old parts so far?
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,141 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @icarus - Welcome to the community & thank you for joining. It's a pleasure to read your (mainly) very positive post....you seem to have adapted & overcome so much, & also seem mechanically minded which has helped!
    I'm sorry to read you're also now in pain. Perhaps see your GP, or if you see any specialists, I would think this new pain worth mentioning, to see if there's anything they can suggest that might help you.

  • CressidaCressida Member Posts: 836 Pioneering
    @icarus welcome to this lovely forum. Your post was like a breath of fresh air. Very interesting to read. 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,998

    Scope community team

    Hi @icarus and welcome. It sounds like you’re pretty handy!
    Have you spoken to anyone about the pain you’ve been experiencing?
    Community Manager
  • icarusicarus Member Posts: 31 Courageous
    yes went to a pain management clinic many years ago but all the effective medications cause drowsiness a tens machine works for a couple of hours but recently lots of hip pain caused by change in walking position dumping weight slowly by a healthier diet at the moment dont want to be sleepy during the day last xray showed worn hip joints   
  • icarusicarus Member Posts: 31 Courageous
    best so far has been my 20mph tricycle and a mobility scooter with big quad tyres on looking fwd to trying it on the beach 
  • icarusicarus Member Posts: 31 Courageous
    trouble is i tend to be a junk collector because i look at old machinery and think i will keep that it
    will be useful
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @icarus

    Welcome to our online community/family.

    You sound like a good handyman & it’s great to hear 👂 that you keep yourself very busy.

    Yes “Pain” can become very very difficult for us.

    I am also trying a “Tens Machine” for my 24/7 Chronic Pain.


  • icarusicarus Member Posts: 31 Courageous
    pain is exhausting and slows us down  I used to work in electronics industry was bored so left my job and ate my p45 not as much money but a much better lifestyle . my accident resulted in an interest in mobility equipment i troll the internet for dead equipment to repair and use myself selling it offwhen i findsomething better
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,141 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2020
    @icarus - I appreciate that some meds cause sedation; I've been there too, & came off those that affected me that way. You're definitely helping yourself by looking at weight loss.....very wise, as too much weight puts additional stress on your joints. But the pain you have 'might' be less with some meds that don't cause sedation, so perhaps worth discussing such options with your GP.
    Your mindset is great; but hope if there was a way to get your pain under control it would better help you.
    Have been like you; keep something as it might come in handy in the future, but you can't keep everything!
    As @Cressida said, you're posts are, 'like a breath of fresh air,' & 'interesting,' so please keep in touch.
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @icarus

    Yes “Pain” is very very tiring I have to take things easy “hour by hour, minute by minute”

    Yes we need to keep active during the day.

    Mind you we need to be careful not to over do things.

    I don’t know about eating my “P45” though!!!!!!!

    “Keep up the good work”

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