My apologies in advance if this post is a bit long but Im feeling somewhat lost and alone in this battle against my body!
I was finally diagnosed with Grade 4 OA in my right knee (and left heading that way) - after 2 years of pain and finally a change of GP who sent me for a scan. (My former GP was only interested in my hip pain (bursitis) - and giving out prescriptions!!)
I had an athroscopy and microfracture in July 14, which didnt make much difference and eventually had to take early medical retirement from my very physical job (part of the NHS). Since then it has become apparent that I also have issues with both hands, right ankle and both shoulders. I have had physio and acupuncture on my shoulder/ neck last year, but other than that no further treatment.
My pension is not enough to live on, and I really did think I would find a part time job that would top up my income - but it has become apparent that, once the reason for my retirement is disclosed, Im not an ideal candidate.....
So we are surviving on my partners income. I was thinking about claiming PIP but not sure if I would qualify?
My consultant is not willing to operate on my knee for another 4 years (Im now 54) - and I understand the reasoning, but feel like Im living in limbo.
My last visit to my GP was last summer - and resulted in the physio referal and blood tests. The bloods and repeated test showed raised inflammation markers but not high enough to be definitive. So he just sent me on my way with a "dont know what it is" remark!!! Should I expect more help/ support?
This last week has been awful with all my dodgy joints giving me so much pain I could (and do) cry at times. I will be seeing my GP next week and really want to get things sorted - at least a diagnosis....
Im sorry to ramble on -
I have always been relatively healthy and fit and independent, and all that seems to be impossible now.