hi all im a 30 year old woman with 2 children , i have recently been diagnosed with arthritis.im self employed but have been out of work for around 3 months now , as im finding it difficult just to get out of bed in the morning . my arthritis affects both my knees. i've recently had surgery on my right knee and had a full lateral release . i'm currently waiting to have my left knee done. however both my legs keep going Numb, i have told my specialist about this and he has since referred me back to my GP. i love to read, which helps me alot. with the school holidays coming up i'm worried that i'm not going to be able to do anything with my children as it's a struggle each day . i'm currently on Paracetamol/Dihydrocodeine for the pain but feel as though it's not as effective as it was when i first was prescribed it at Christmas .i don't really want to be on really strong painkillers for the rest of my life. in the area that i live there doesn't seem to be many support groups and i'm a bit confused as to what is going to happen now and in the future ?.. how can i help myself and stop as many flare up ?