Hi I'm new and have been reading a lot of your posts. I have Osteoarthritis in my cervical spine which has caused disc compression, in my hands (nodes and mainly pain in thumb/wrist joints) constantly dropping things and struggle to do simplist things, the burning sensation and pain is out of this world, and in my knees along with the crumbling and grinding noises the pain is unbearable as well as my knee giving way on me, I've had physio and do exercises religiously, I can't take codine/morphine based medications as the side affects make me so sick and unable to function at all, steroids make me put on weight which I'm trying to loose not gain.
How can I try and keep a job if I can't take pain medication?
I also suffer from depression, anxiety and stress and feel like I'm going down hill, as I'm expected to just get on with things when I'm in so much agony and find it hard enough dressing myself. My doctor and consultant have said more physio and pills but I can't afford to have time off (if I can't do my job I'm a long term issue and they can't facilitate me)
Why do people think you get no pain with this or it's never that bad, Sometimes I wake up crying, numb hands and arms, exercise my knees, neck and fingers then struggle with my clothes, hurt as I walk downstairs, drop my mug or coffee pot, hobble around .... I'm only 46 and feel 100