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Although I do not have this type of arthritis, I'm sure you will meet several members who can relate to your condition.
I have attached a link containing lots of information and advice about Osteoarthritis which you may find useful to read. https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/osteoarthritis/
I hope you find this forum useful and that you are successful in meeting other members who have this type of osteoarthritis.
I have psoriatic and osteoarthritis. Only one of them flares (the psoriatic) the osteo is merely aggravated by the following causes.
1. The weather. There is no doubt that my OA worsens in the cold and damp which can occur in all four seasons of our climate. I can literally feel it in my joints when the barometric pressure is falling and the only thing I can do is take things a little more easy and rest more often until the weather improves.
2. My stupidity. I keep thinking that I have learned to stop when I think I can do more, to reduce the risk of payback from stressed joints but I haven't. Earlier this week I decided to paint a patio set, the weather was warm, I got carried away. Two days of fun is now being rewarded with some miserable days. Serves me right.
3. Diet. If I overindulge in pickles, chutneys, vinegar and fruit my OA pain is aggravated. That's all easy to avoid.
4. One of the notable things about my OA inflammation is that it is localised to the stressed joints and goes within a few hours of rest (and maybe voltarol).
5. I am tired all the time. My OA does not make me extra tired, I go to sleep tired, wake up tired, my body is having to work harder and harder to achieve less and less. That's just arthritis combined with ageing.
6. My psoriatic arthritis flared in the first week of January, it was not aggravated by weather, stupidity or diet, my body was attacking itself, my disease was active despite the meds. I finally got out of bed in the first week of March. DD
I hope this finds you well . Thank you for your enquiry about support groups in your area. The best port of call might be to use our Helpline to find out what is around for you locally . With our helpline, online information and arthritis virtual assistant, you don't need to face arthritis alone. Their contact details are -
In addition our website has many sources of information some of which I have included here,
I hope you find these helpful and also just a reminder that when we are on and sharing during our online communities we ask that you use your first name only.
Please continue to post and let us know how you get on,
There are several groups near Oxford, check out https://www.versusarthritis.org/in-your-area/in-your-area-search-results?area=oxford&radius=50
Don't know what they are like or what to expect from a support group as there are none in Cornwall.
Hello @Rose86 and welcome to our online community.
It sounds like you are dealing with a lot of pain and not knowing the reason why must make it more difficult to bear. Many members on the forum have RA and though there may be some similarities in symptoms - mine started with joint pain that switched from one joint to the other - the only real way to find out is by having the appropriate tests, so you're doing the right thing by seeing a rheumatologist.
It's a pity that appointments are being held up during the current situation - I wonder if you spoke to your GP again if they might be able to contact the hospital on your behalf?
I can understand how it must be affecting you mentally and I'm sure other members will be able to give you support online, but if you want to speak to someone the Versus Arthritis helpline is open Monday–Friday from 9am–8pm. The advisors aren't medically trained and aren’t able to offer you individual medical advice but they can give you tailored support as well as lend a listening and sympathetic ear. The number is 0800 5200 520 and here's the link for more information:
Best wishes, and do let us know how you are getting on.
always happy to help though if there's anything we can do.🙂
I think quite possibly not????
Have a read of this and see what you think. I am not sure it's safe on a biologic.....
Personally I'd ring the rhuematology team to be sure
Hi welcome to the forum , I had it in early April , still having problems from it , I have a lot of health issues & on the goverment list but still got it even though never leaving my house ,
I took my biologics for most of it until had infection but other members of my family suffered more , the realy problem for us is the vaccine when they have one will be a LIVE vaccine & not sure we can have it
I can't do much gardening (I even have plastic grass!) but I do sit out there reading when it is warm enough. I probably have more gnomes around the garden than plants but I noticed a few weeks ago that I have a few new friends who have moved into my garden to self-isolate.