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Advice with work

Natalie09Natalie09 Posts: 6

I've had arthritis for about 18 years and I'm 25. I haven't been in work for a while and recently just got a new job. It's with children and I enjoy it but I'm finding it really difficult. It's casual hours and only a small amount of staff at a time. I have arthritis in my knees, fingers, wrists and recently my ankle has been so sore to the point where I can't really stand on it. Ive been thinking about working from home, might be easier on my joints? Sorry it's such a long post. I don't know what to do and when I talk to my friends they keep telling me to push on and get on with it. But it's so hard. Any suggestions would be really appreciated. :cry:


  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,998 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Natalie. It's lovely to meet you yours is not a long post at all so no need to apologise.

    Well done on getting a new job in the current economic climate. You must feel proud of yourself and rightly so. It does sound rather a physically demanding one though. Do you get plenty of opportunity to rest on the days/times when you're not working? Was your arthritis under good control before you started work?

    I presume the friends who are advising you to knuckle under are non-arthritic friends. It's hard for them to understand how things are for us.

    I don't think any of us can tell you what you should do on the job front but, if your arthritis isn't currently under control, might it be best to ask to see your rheumatologist again?
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
  • Natalie09Natalie09 Posts: 6
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks :) Yeah my friends don't have arthritis, I don't know anyone that does. It is demanding and when I think I have a day off I get called in or asked to do more hours and if I say no, I feel like they aren't too impressed with me even though they are aware that I have arthritis. I was thinking about making an appointment. Are you on any painkillers? Or anything that helps with the pain?
  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,998 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    It's a difficult situation. Have you considered downloading some of Arthritis Care's booklets/leaflets to show work what it's like for you? And you could also try googling The Spoon Theory and There's a Gorilla in My House (the latter from a disabled blogger) to explain to friends.

    It must be hard if you can't plan your work owing to being called in unexpectedly. Your GP could help with pain relief but the stronger ones will make your work harder. I aim to take as few as possible but it's a personal thing.

    If you re-post on the Living With Arthritis forum I think more people will see your thread and you'll get more viewpoints. Good luck!
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
  • sailribsailrib Posts: 327
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Look at Access to Work especially if you've just got the job, they help people with disabilities of any kind, make work easier by getting equipment in etc.

    Have a read. I've had Access to Work help and it's been a huge benefit to my arthritis and my other disabilities that I've got.
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