This is my first post even though I have been a member for some time and have studied people's posts who have similar conditions to my own.
I am 57 years and female. I was first diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left knee in 1992 and until the last 18 months has slowly got worse. Since this time I have gone down hill fast and last year was diagnosed with Stenosis, Spondylosis and early on-set arthritis at the base of my spine.
Myself and my partner own a six room seaside guest house. Although we are very successful the profit is less than minimum wage so taking on paid help for any length of time isn't an option; especially as we have a mortgage/business loan to pay each month.
Like many people on here I am in constant pain in my knee, especially when I go from sitting/lying down to standing or standing to sitting/lying down; with the former being excruciating. I end up holding onto furniture and standing on my right leg while trying to straighten and then put weight on my left. After a minute or two the pain eases enough to walk.
I am no longer able to get into/out of the bath so am body washing at the sink and have just invested in a 2in1 shampoo so that I can lean over the bath to use the shower to wash my hair. I am struggling to get on/off the toilet, again holding onto anything near by to lower or pull myself up.
I am in pain from my knee all night and my GP has prescribed Amitriptyline 20mg to help me to sleep.
A short walk that takes most people 5-10 min takes me a painful 30 min. I am struggling to get in/out of my automatic car. I do as much shopping as much shopping as possible on-line.
My GP has tried steroid injections, morphine patches and various other pain relief. He has now prescribed me 30mg Zophine to be taken twice daily.
After struggling through cooking guests breakfasts I then have to get up to the rooms to service them and clean/make up ready for new guests to arrive. We are determine not to lower our standards as we have many loyal guests how deserve to have their expectations met when they come to stay with us.
I am often struggling and in tears before we get our work done. My partner can't take on any more. Obviously I am snapping at him far more than I realise or would like to. With regret we put the guest house on the market as we don't think that we have any option but to sell it but obviously this all takes time and guest houses take much longer to sell than most houses.
I don't mean to sound sorry for myself but if anyone has any ideas of what I should do then I would love to hear them. It's very frightening that we are trying to sell our business and home not knowing what we can do next: who will employ me in this state?
Sorry for the long post and thank you if you have stuck with me this far.