I'm David, I'm 33, single and I live in Liverpool, England.
My family want me to 'get my story out there' so I thought I'd just say hello and see if there is anyone I can help.
So I didn't get arthritis until I was 10, literally came overnight, there was no family history of the illness and there was no obvious reason why I got it. To show how big of a shock it was just a week before I was in a football tournament and was voted best player, was top scorer and we won the tournament.
Anyway this JCA was/is extremely aggressive. I spent most of my youth in a wheelchair and I battle hard until I was finally able to walk unaided when I was 16. Even though I now looked healthy and 'normal' my joints were failing fast. From the age of 18 to now (aged 33) here are the surgeries I've had...
Both hips replaced
Both knees replaced
Right ankle replaced
Left ankle fused
Left foot fused
Both shoulders replaced
Right elbow replaced
Right thumb joint replaced
I'm at the stage now where my joints are around 15 years old and such will need revision surgery to solve the problem because they are noticeably failing especially my shoulders and hips.
Currently I had my right shoulder replaced again. This time It failed. The tendons snapped, other parts were torn or ruptured and I was told I would never get any movement back which was heartbreaking.... then it got infected so they rushed me back into surgery and removed my entire shoulder which was even more heartbreaking. Then the infection kept getting worse so they did another operation to clean out the bad tissue etc and that's what I'm now recovering from (last op was 3 weeks ago).
Eventually they plan to put a shoulder back in but it's going to take some time.
Anyway any questions feel free to ask. If I can help in any way I will