who do you suggest I contact when apart from pain and disability (OA) is my fear for the future
not sure what 'body' means - presumably more information. Here goes then: I've had OA initially of the hip for at least 5 years which I managed with the help of an excellent osteopath in Devon. Since moving 3 years ago and finding driving in this area (suburb of Bournemouth) terrifying, I couldn't find the help I needed other than local GP surgery - which promptly combined and moved further away. Anyway after months I got referred and the 'stand in' Consultant I saw was nothing short of rude, negative and frightening. Consequently my blood pressure raised and the hospital, by return of post, told me I was off the waiting list. That was exactly a year ago and apart from various gps wanting me to take anti-anxiety pills which make me feel dreadful, I've just carried on. Last Sept I asked if I could have cortisone injections in my knees which are sometimes worse than my hip and was told I would need more x-rays - this would involve a driver and carer and cost me about £50 a trip. I am now becoming inward, scared, demoralised and haven't socialised more than once in the past year. I have contacted various centres but all involve travelling which I can't really afford - there are no accessible buses without walking, no shops I could get to alone and no community centres. Only the local Baptist Chapel has me on their radar and of course I email people. I would so love to talk to someone who feels isolated and in pain and who can't get a sympathetic ear in their local surgery. I'm not a moaner, I'm not depressed but I am alone and it simply isn't healthy.