Hi to anyone out there in the ether, I've only posted here once before and a couple of people responded with encouraging words, apologies for not responding back to say thank you.
When I posted before it was to say I was about to go to my GP about the pain I couldn't cope with or pretend wasn't there anymore. Long story short, I was referred for physio, went for a couple of appts but decided not to take it any further as I felt at the time that I can't cope with any more commitments, to doing exercises every day on top of my very physical job and generally looking after a home, a hubby and three dogs.
I feel that was the right decision for me at this time. So I am just taking my prescribed painkillers when I need to (rather than refraining to show myself I'm tough or some such cr*p), and resting when I need to.
I'm writing here today because I'm so tired all the time. I just wanted to express myself as I 'think' better when I write stuff down. I've looked up whether arthritis can cause tiredness and I see that indirectly it can - because my body doesn't work or move so well, it has to work harder and muscles have to overcompensate to produce the same results that a person without arthritis does. I have a very physical job, part time (no way I could do it full time), and I'm actually glad of that as it makes me push myself - without that I'd barely get out of my chair. I'm a member of a health club and try to go at least twice a week to swim with a friend, but unfortunately if she can't go, I rarely get the motivation to go on my own. Also, I struggle to motivate myself to walk my dogs when I'm at home, preferring to get a friend or my hubby to do it. If it wasn't for my job I think I'd give up physically and live in a pity party and not get up. Oh, and I also have long term mental health issues, which are under control via several meds - my mental health is about the best it's ever been, but I still have daily struggles to be mentally 'normal' in order to function.
I'm posting here today not specifically to get sympathy or pity or advice, or anything really...I just wanted to 'talk'. So no need for anyone to feel they have to be the answer to my every need or some such cr*p. Thanks for reading if you've got this far tho