Submitted by Michele on Wed, 2007-03-14 11:04.
Thanks Sarah for this enlightening expose on Nordic walking. I've already suggested these sticks to Ella, but at the moment she is not in a position to get much use out of them. So we will save it up for the future.
Michele: Wheldon CAP1st May 2006 for ailments including IBS, sinusitis, alopecia, asthma, peripheral neuropathy. Spokesperson for Ella started Wheldon CAP 16th March 2006 for RRMS. Sussex UK
Submitted by wiggy on Fri, 2007-03-16 14:20.
Sarah, Thanks for posting this as I did not know what these treking poles were but think I may put them on my list. I am about 5' 7 and my walker is too short for me, well, I never have found one tall enough and I know this can not be good for my back. When my balance gets even better I will plan to try these out.
On Wheldon protocol for MSi since April, 2006. doxy 200 mgs daily, zithromax 250 mgs 3x/ week , Flagyl Pulses start end Sept., LDN 2004
Submitted by Minai on Sat, 2007-03-17 08:19.
Thanks for writing this blog. I can't wait to try out my new poles
I found this page with a height calculator for adjusting them to the correct length. Worked for me : http://tinyurl.com/2sh7ek
RRMS, diagnosed 2/04. NACi 4/06. Started Wheldon regime 8/30/06. Doxycycline, 8/06, Azith, 10/06. Switched to Roxithromycin 11/06. Pseudo relapse/die-off with hospitalization 1/07. Gad-enhanced MRI of brain and spine shows NO NEW DISEASE ACTIVITY. Restarted CAP with NAC and Doxy 2/07. USA.
Submitted by Michele on Sat, 2007-03-17 10:07.
Minai, I echo Sarah's appreciation of your signature. Its great to hear that there is no new disease activity. That is all you need to keep you going. Hope things go smoothly from now on.
Michele: Wheldon CAP1st May 2006 for ailments including IBSi, sinusitis, alopecia, asthma, peripheral neuropathy. Spokesperson for Ella started Wheldon CAP 16th March 2006 for RRMS. Sussex UK
Submitted by katman on Sat, 2007-03-17 15:03.
Good blog, Sarah! And here we are already EXPECTING Wiggy to get well enough to NEED something besides a walker! Who ever would have thought someone already that far down the road would discard her walker? We would - it has happened before! Why not again?
Rica PPMS EDSS 6.7 at beginning - now 2. Began CAP Sept, 2004 with Rifampin 150 mg 2xd, Doxy 100 mg 2xd, added regular pulses Jan 2005. Jan 2006 switched to Doxy, Azith, cont. flagyl total 39 pulses NC USA
Submitted by mrhodes40 on Sun, 2007-03-18 20:55.
Oh oh, me too! I use walking poles too and they help a lot. Old ski poles will do for a trial to see how you like it but the gait is really the trick. Thanks Sarah for the great link to the site that explains how to do it accurately. I had the benefit my sister's poles when we were on Hurricane RIdge and she already knew how to use them so I got her instructions. My experience was a surprising one of discovering that immediately I was walking much more upright than usual, with a nice cadence from the arms and legs all moving, this caused my upper body to be "lively" rather than locked as it usually is in my walking. It seemed easier to walk by a good bit. I can't say enough good about these kind of poles. Please get them or at least borrow some old ski poles or buy some at the Goodwill for a little trial. I bought my own pair of actual poles at Big 5 for 10 bucks per pole (apparently some people only want one!). THEY ARE GOOD STUFF marie
On CAP since Sept '05 for MS, RA, Asthma, sciatica. EDSS at start 5.5. Currently on: Doxy 200, Azith 3x week, Tinii 2x month, all supplements. "Color out side the lines!"
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