So confirmed arthritic knee,hip into spine all on one side. Think I already knew that. 12 week wait to be invited to musculoskeletal clinic for views and ? treatment. GP can no longer send you directly to orthopaedics. Them’s are the rules in these here parts. Thinking back to when I had first hip replacement in 2015 my wonderful rheumatologist ,sadly now retired, sent me to orthopaedics via the back door. Only waited 4 months for op. Still not discharged though as I developed trochanter bursitis and still ongoing. Life is difficult mobility wise but it’s the long wait ahead that depresses me . If I refuse to go through the system I won’t get funding. RA and OA. Fibro. How do you cope with the mental negatives?