Give up my hobby?
If osteoarthritis is wear and tear on the joints and my hands are gradually getting more lumpy and painful should I be giving up my hobbies that require a lot of the use of hands such as sewing and crafting in general? I am a volunteer craft-co-ordinator. Crafting helped me get over a bad bout of depression and I feel quite sad about maybe having to stop. I am on painkillers and antiinflamatories but not supposed to be continuously. If I inflame my hands I take the pills which then cause constipation and tummy problems. That clears up my hands improve then off I go again. Should I break the cycle for good or learn to live with it? It is starting to get me down which is why I have joined this forum. I also find my husband is not all that sympathetic. He has to do the vacuuming and ironing and he is still working.