Moving Around question how to answer

greenpower Member Posts: 4

I hope everyone is good.

So as my doc says am young to have osteoarthritis - but we all know it can effect anyone regardless of age.

I work and try to have a good life not let it dictate.

I can walk and do walk further than 20 meters but what I cant do is walk further then 20 meters safely or reliably.
Once i get to below 20 meters, i continue but in real discomoft, pain, and at a slower pace slower than my dad, I also have muscle/tendon issues due to how i hold myself when walking dignosed by the hospital.

I push through this because my doctor has said to try and keep moving to help and also because I want to do things like go to musuems.

I don't do this everyday but sometimes maybe twice a week - i get really tired after it.

- So do i tick I Less than 20 meters? because anything over this I cannot do reliably?



  • moderator
    moderator Moderator Posts: 4,080
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Jo

    Welcome to the forums. I am sure you will find help, support, advice and light relief here. It may be a good idea to post again in the Living with arthritis page as this is the page most used.

    It might be useful for you to ring our freephone helpline on
    0808 800 4050 and they could give you some guidance as to how to answer these questions. The helpline is available Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

    I am one of the moderation team and we all have one or more of the arthritis "hangers on" or look after family members with the same.

    Best wishes
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,239
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Jo and welcome from me too.

    I'm afraid I can't really help. I have had DLA for years with the mobility component. (I have RA) I'm not sure how far one is supposed to be able to walk without pain but I think Mod ChrisK is right about asking either our Helpline or Citizens Advice who help a lot of people with these forms.

    You don't say if you use any walking aids - stick, crutches, rollator etc. These might or might not be worth mentioning.

    Good luck with it all.
    "The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain." Kahlil Gibran
  • Rach101
    Rach101 Member Posts: 165
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I used to volunteer for citizens advice and we used to tell people to think about how you are on your worst days and fill the form in accordingly. We all try to put a grave face on things and try to paint a positive picture but that's not helpful when you are filling forms.