Well, I'm back from my third Occupational Therapy appt. at the hospital and although I'm thrilled to 'get' two months grace before I have to return again rather than the 2 to 3 week schedule previously mentioned. I am totally confused.
I was assessed by a Physiotherapist in December who said that my lower limbs wouldn't get any better as it was a direct result of having these joints under attack day in day out for over 12 years by Rheumatoid Arthritis. That is what is meant by the phrase 'degenerative' disease. So he concentrated on my shoulders which have just began to be affected over the last year or so.
Today I was given instructions by the OT to begin standing and by result walking more so that I can eventually stand/walk for four hours only taking the odd break when pain/exhaustion required!!
She seems to think that building up my stamina with my fatigue and pain symptoms will be totally gained by 'doing more' a bit at a time and as for standing/using my legs they will strengthen as well as I stand more??!!!
So who do I believe?
The physio who said that the damage done to my lower limbs is impossible to reverse and to stand/walk too much would increase my problems and would hasten the degeneration of my limited mobility if put under strain. Or do I believe the OT who seems to think increasing my pain/fatigue intolerance and standing without either my perching stool or my crutches will give me back my mobility allowing me to walk around for four hours if I wanted in the future?
I am totally confused to which therapist is right and which advice to follow!