Play Arthritis Bingo!

stickywicket Member Posts: 27,308
edited 30. Jun 2015, 09:12 in Living with Arthritis archive
Let's liven up a boring Tuesday. Tick off as heard. The first to tick off all boxes will receive a voucher entitling them to a free bungee jump, sky dive or wing walking at a venue of their choice.

1. My granny / neighbour had arthritis. She cured herself with Cider Vinegar / Green Lipped Mussels / a copper bracelet / celery / tripe. Why don't you?

2. I thought only old people got arthritis.

3. You seemed OK yesterday.

4. Does it hurt?

5. Why don't you get a new hip / knee / ankle?

6. Are you still tired?

7. Why don't you see the doctor?

8. I know just how you feel.

9. You used to enjoy parties.

10. Can I borrow your wheelchair for my holiday?


  • LignumVitae
    LignumVitae Member Posts: 1,972
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I can get nine out of that lot - being lucky enough to not have a wheelchair helps.

    Could we add the following?

    I thought only old people got arthritis/ you're too young to have arthritis

    Have you tried visualisations to help manage the pain?

    Are you in pain now?
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Great list!

    Another suggestion.
    I have arthritis but I don't take anything as I don't like taking painkillers.
  • littleelf
    littleelf Member Posts: 69
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh, oh (putting hand up like a child) ... what was it my brother said to me yesterday after I told him about how I was feeling; with weak and painful arms after mowing and strimming the lawn?:

    'I am sure you do, being out of fettle is such a bummer.' :?

    'out of fettle' indeed! If he lived closer, I'd give him 'out of fettle'!! :x
  • juliep123
    juliep123 Member Posts: 40
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    How about "I've got a touch of that" , said to me regularly
    Julie x
  • applerose
    applerose Member Posts: 3,621
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Here's a couple more.

    I used to have RA in my neck but it cleared up so yours might.

    Well we all get that when we get older (said of RA).
  • speedalong
    speedalong Member Posts: 3,300
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Spot on Peeps! Have heard all these at some point (apart from the RA one, as I have OA.

  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I hear this on regular basis during the summer, when the face and forearms are a lovely shade of brown due to the Vit.D top-up sessions in the garden.

    'You're looking well, has the arthritis cleared up?' asked when I'm using the rollator or propped up on crutches.

    It makes me wonder how I look during the pasty months of the year! DD
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,308
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00

    Great contributions, everyone.

    I seem to have it a raw nerve – or several.

    Yes, we get the lot, don't we?
  • sunnysideup
    sunnysideup Member Posts: 17
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Definitely heard quite a few of those!

    Also what about the comments about 'things' eg
    'Oh what amazing scissors, I've never seen any like those before'
    'They're my arthritis scissors'.
    'Oh - great. I could do with some of those'

    (No - actually you don't need them! Patronising!)
  • Starburst
    Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    "Rheumatoid Arthritis? Oh I've got a little bit of that in my knee."

    "You're so lucky not having to worry about parking!" :x :x
  • sunnysideup
    sunnysideup Member Posts: 17
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Went out last night and mentioned I was having a flare-up in hands and feet. Remarks:
    'Oh are you still having that?'
    'I have a bit of that sometimes.'
    'I suppose you've seen a doctor?'
    'Have you tried medication - such as cod liver oil?'

    I know people said these things kindly but I thought about this thread on the forum and suddenly realised that I was feeling guilty for having a flare-up! Why?
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,308
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Because the expectation is that you will get better and you are disappointing them by remaining, stubbornly, arthritic :wink:
  • applerose
    applerose Member Posts: 3,621
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Wonder if fake tan will cure arthritis as well as real tan DD.

    What a stubborn lot we are, Sticky. Probably all keeping our arthritis just to annoy others.
  • ImGazhughes
    ImGazhughes Member Posts: 18
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Ha ha, 2,3,4 and 6 are a definite for me the amount of times i heard only old people get that. What about stop moaning, think about people who have lost there legs. My answer to thst was always, sometimes it feels like loosing my leg is a better option than the pain a feel everyday, as sad as that sounds. Some ppl just dont get it, chronic pain goes so unrecognised it isnt given enough recognition as to just how life changing it can be.....thanks for making me smile though....