I have been lurking and learning for a little while and thought I'd take the plunge and meet you all!
I am a 52 year old female, self employed gardener and have spent the last year or so collecting a series of mechanical health issues. Namely...a frozen shoulder, maltracking knees, back pain, trochanteric bursitis and posterior tibial tendinopathy to be precise.
I've been to rheumatology this week and it seems some of it can be attributed to work related referred pain problems probably from overuse injuries and bad working practices. ie the ankle tendon is throwing out my knees which is causing the bursitis etc etc. I am starting to get some of it sorted by going to see about orthotics for my ankle problems and I've had a steroid injection for my shoulder which has helped a bit so far.
However, of most concern was the underlying discovery that I have osteoarthritis in my spine and hands. Facet joints and uneven gaps were mentioned and I was talked through the xrays but frankly it was a lot to take in. I also have very thin cartilage in my knees and horrible crepitus I think she called it.
I have lots of questions, I don't know what to think, how worried to be or who to ask but I'm thinking that people already dealing with stuff like this might know best!! Of most concern is work as the rheumatologist made it quite clear in no uncertain terms that I can't go on like this with my current workload which on thinking about it, is quite full on !
Thanks for listening and I'd be interested to hear what anyone thinks