Hello. Just joined I'm 58yrs old. In 2004 I had a severe pain shoot through my right knee. My knee became very swollen and painful. Doc said piece of bone had broken away from my knee. Wear and tear.Prescribed remadine forte painkillers and stretch bandage. Over the years same thing happened to my left knee with swelling and pain occurring in episodes. Recently I have had the most severe pain in my groin, left side, only lasts for a second but excruciating and causes me to lose power in my leg. My hands swell on occasions especially in the mornings. Blood test showed osteoarthritis.I now feel unfit for work but have been refused ESA.welfare rights officer provided me with lawyer for more info on my condition from my gp. I visited gp who gave me the impression that arthritis does not exist, when I asked her to examine my knees, she just smiled and said. I don't need to. I asked her if the pain in my groin was bones rubbing together,she said no,I asked her what's causing this pain, she just shrugged her shoulders and said. I don't know.she then told me not to hold out much hope of recieving employment andbenefit. I feel so upset she absolutely did not believe I was in pain.I was so confused. Then saw this forum, has anyone came across GP who don't take arthritis seriously.