Am in my early fifties. I had an L5 S1 fusion surgery in 2012 following about 10 years of debilitating back pain. Although it didn’t completely resolve my back problems it provided significant relief and life became much more manageable. About 2 years ago I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knee. Most of my pain continues to come from my knee, but my toes and hands also cause me quite a bit of discomfort. I love walking. It has always kept me sane and been my main form of exercise. I am finding it really difficult to accept not being able to walk as much, or as fast, or as far and sometimes not really being able to walk at all. My ability to cope is definitely affected by not being able to sleep properly because of pain. At the moment I try to manage the pain with ibuprofen which I don’t really like taking so much of, but the topical gel doesn’t even touch it. Heading into colder weather definitely makes everything feel worse - so that’s perhaps why I feel especially negative about it all just now.
Really looking forward to sharing experiences and advice from others on here.