I use my wheelchair because of my M.E. which causes extreme fatigue so using my wheelchair means I can conserve my energy and it reduces my pain which has a knock-on effect with PEM (Post Exertion Malaise). I also have an illness called FND (Functional Neurological Disorder) with FMD (Functional Movement Disorder). This is where my brain doesn't send messages to my legs properly so I have an off-balence gait and other symptoms like chronic nerve pain in my legs; sometimes I lose all feeling in my legs so a wheelchair is essential in getting me around.
Having interchangeable mobility needs can be hard.People often assume they are for older people or those who are paralysed but they're wrong. I'm faced with questions like "why are you using a wheelchair when I've seen you walking with your crutches?" which can be difficult to answer and hear and explain. There are all sorts of reasons why people need to use a wheelchair.
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