I have severe osteoarthritis in both knees, and the pain is indescribable, although you'll know that already!
I've gone from regular 5km walks to being barely able to walk 10 yards without agony. I've put on weight in the past 12 months, and I was overweight to begin with! I'd started walking and swimming to help with weight loss, and I'd managed to lose 7 stone, and, as I say, I was walking 5km regularly. That 7 stone is back on now, and I feel terrible. I'm depressed and taking anti-depressants, and I no longer know where to turn. I take so many painkillers, but they just don't seem to work at all.
I was getting physiotherapy on a Monday morning, but to do that I was having to book time off work, as I live in Birmingham and work in Nottingham. They were allowing me 2 hours for appointments, but I needed much more, so now I've used up all of my holiday entitlement and can no longer go. I haven't had physio for weeks, so I'm getting worse. The two hour drive to work doesn't help either.
I'm in agony every day (my knees are killing me as I write this), the pain never seems to go away. Sometimes I just stop in bed and don't go to work because it hurts too much, other times I'm crying by the time I get to my desk.
I try to diet, but just standing to make a meal is too much. I try to stay away from fast food etc., that's not the real problem, it's just crappy food that's quick and easy to do. My family are no help, my wife suffers depression and just sits there. My eldest daughter (21) is in Carlisle, and my youngest (17) is barely at home. I'm putting weight on because I can't eat sensibly.
I'm slowly killing myself, I know I'm doing it, and I can't seem to drag myself up and away from this.