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LolyLoly Posts: 5
edited 9. Nov 2017, 15:06 in Say Hello Archive
Hello everyone
I am new and have just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, hyper mobility and fibromyalgia. I suspected OA but was a bit shocked after MRIs to find that I have multilevel OA in my spine as well as knees, hips, feet, wrists and hands. But my elbows are ok at the moment lol :lol:
As you know the pain gets you down but my main problem is that I'm too hard on myself. I don't ask for help, work through the pain and depression, saying " I'm ok" when I'm not. I work full time and am on my own except for my lovely pets :running_dog: who keep me going. But I think the time has come to try and accept things, get some advice etc.
So hopefully by being part of this lovely community, I'll get there
Keep warm, hugs xxx


  • moderatormoderator Posts: 4,082 mod
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Welcome to Arthritis Care Forums, Loly, from the moderation team.

    You have definitely come to the right place to talk about arthritis with those who understand.

    I am very sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia and Joint Hypermobility too. Your osteoarthritis sounds to be fairly widespread. I don’t know whether you have had time to read any of the Arthritis Care or Arthritis Research UK’s information on the subject so attach a link for you to peruse if you wish to:


    Some information about Fibromyalgia:


    and something about Joint Hypermobility:


    As moderators we are here to help with any problems you may have using the message boards so feel free to send us a message if you need to.

    I look forward to seeing you posting.

    Best wishes

  • LolyLoly Posts: 5
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you for the welcome and the advice :) forgot to mention that I'm just about to my pre op assessment for rotator cuff repair, I guess I've been in the wars a bit lately :(
    Shirley x
  • moderatormoderator Posts: 4,082 mod
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Ouch Shirley :shock:

    I wish you the very best of luck with your impending operation from all of us moderators.

    Do let everyone know how you get on when you are able to post.

  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello, it's lovely to meet you but I am sorry you have had to find us. I started with psoriatic arthritis in 1997 and over the years that has led to osteo plus fibro so we have that in common. I worked for as long as I could (I began my own little business two years before the arthritis arrived) but eventually it all became too much of a struggle and it's lovely not being under that pressure any more. As things deteriorated I quickly learned that asking for help would save me precious energy for the stuff I prefer to do - and it makes my life easier which is always a good thing. Sometimes that help comes at a cost (e.g. I have a cleaner) but my DLA covers that.

    I hope you find the forum to be of interest, Living with Arthritis is the board here where we cover meds, doctors, appointments and the general ins-and-outs-and-ups-and-downs of living with our various conditions. I wish you well for your forthcoming operation: we are a caring bunch on here and always appreciate an update. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • LolyLoly Posts: 5
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Aaaw thank you. It's really nice to know there are others out there that understand, but yeah, it's a shame we have to have these problems. But take that as a positive, a bonus finding kind people. I don't have a date for the op yet but will keep you updated. Thanks again
    Shirl x
  • barbara12barbara12 Posts: 20,941 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Loly
    And a warm welcome from me :)
    I really do feel for you working full time, I count myself lucky being retired..you really have come to the right place for support..info and a chat when you need it.. x
  • LolyLoly Posts: 5
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you Barbara . Yes it's sometimes a struggle and a juggling act but.....I am now trying to look after me though, something I find very hard to do. This seems like a great site to be on, full of advice and support :)
    Shirl xx
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