I have just found you all. My aim is to come to terms with living with arthritis.
Living in Cornwall, where there seems to be no group activity and is a particulary damp county, cannot help!
I have this disease in my hands and one foot, which may not sound too bad, but I have had spinal troubles most of my life. I am now 75. Two surgical operations - fusion of the lower lumber vertibra in 1974 and 30 years later, an op for spinal stenosis. The latter wound became infected and resulted in a second op and three months in hospital.
I have been told that I probably have arthritis in my spine and since the recent foot diagnosis, which initiallly put me down considerably, I have resolved to learn to live with it.
This has entailed quite a lot of online research which has led me to be sure that I do have spinal arthritis. My doctor has confirmed that it is the same type of arthritis as in my foot, but I acnnot attach 100% to that because I caught him off guard with the question and he has nothing factual to base the diagnosis on.
I do hope that I haven't gone on too much