Hello. I'm new on here. I have been diagnosed with hip and spinal arthritis and had to retire early because of it. Over the last 6 years it has obviously got worse, to the point where I now cannot walk any distance. I am taking Gabapentin and Zapain just to get any respite. It has seriously affected my day to day life. I am also Type 1 diabetic so I am unable to use various pain relief creams. As all of you will be aware, both conditions are in the auto-immune spectrum so I wonder what else life has in store for me?