Hi all, thanks for having me.
I am 41 and have just been diagnosed with osteo arthritis in both hips. I am a florist and work 10 hours a day on my feet. I am self employed and to be honest am worried about the impact that this disease is going to have on me financially and socially so I thought i would come and talk to people who are living with it to see if you could offer any insight or advice.
I know it is not the end of the world as I work in a job where we deal with people with real real tragedies in their lives so I feel like a fraud moaning about painful legs but at the same time, I want to learn to live with it comfortably.
Has anyone got any tips, advice or any experience in working in a manual job and dealing with this? Or just any advice on living with it in general?
I really appreciate any advice, I am really positive by nature but also a realist so I can take it brutally...
Thank you so much in advance for any input from a newbie arthritis sufferer.