I know that feeling. I had a disabling relapse 2 years ago and had to admit that a walking stick would help with the pain in my leg. I was really worried that it would be ‘giving in’ but the sensible folks on here made me see that it was better than being stuck indoors when a stick would help me get about. Being me, I bought a bright red stick because if you have to have one you might as well have one that reflects your personality, eh? I was a bit self conscious to start with and used it away from my home town the first few times until I had got used to it. I don’t know why I worried because most people didn’t give it a second glance. It depended on my mood and/or the person asking as to whether I was honest about why I was using the stick if anyone did ask. I had a second relapse 3 months later affecting the other leg so I was really glad of the stick then.
Now, I only use the stick for longer walking distances and it’s more for balance and the pain and discomfort that comes on when I’ve been walking for 15 minutes or more. It’s better for me to use the stick from the outset if I know I’m going to be walking some distance as it keeps the pain at bay for longer and I don’t get so wobbly so quickly.
I can only repeat the advice given to me 2 years ago. Far better to have a stick and be safe than to not have a stick and risk a fall. Mine is a folding one so it can be kept folded up in its case if I don’t feel I need it but its there just in case. Give it a try - I bet, like me, you’ll be glad you did.