I've just been diagnosed with severe arthritis in one knee, moderate arthritis in the other knee and developing arthritis in my hips. Not even sure what to do at this point. I am 55 years old and out of conventional employment at this point. I fear that employment will elude me in this economy and in my state of health. I have just registered as self-employed, as I have my own little jewellery business, but that is not going to keep the wolf from the door. My GP has recommended I apply for DLA. Having read over the claim form, it appears that I would more than qualify. My mobility is almost non-existent. When I do move, the pain is unbearable, even with meds. Any helpful hints regarding applying would be most welcome.
I have been suffering with this for over 4 years, but just diagnosed because no one seemed to take my complaints (prior to seeing my new GP) seriously. I was able to see the x-rays and they were frightening. The speed with which the arthritis has advanced and the increase in pain has been incredible.
I was pleased to find this forum and hope that it will provide me with information I need and support from others who know what it's like to live with this sort of constant pain.
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