I have severe OA in my right hip, mild in my left and referred pain in both of my knees. At 56, I've always considered myself fairly active. I don't drive, so walking everywhere was second nature to me until now. I was diagnosed last October, had what I thought was a flare up just after Christmas (which has never improved) and am now, despite trying to be positive and optimistic, feeling very down and sorry for myself and sick of not being able to do the things I could do before. I drop things constantly, including the stick I use to help me walk. I can't bend my knees to pick anything up at floor level. Almost everything I do, has to be done one handed, whilst holding my stick and I have reached the stage where I feel so fed up and annoyed with myself. I cry a lot, which I know doesn't help the pain, but I feel so guilty having to ask my daughters for help to do things I used to do for myself. Sorry for the rant, but I wondered if anyone else out there, suffers from the frustration that comes with OA and if they have any tips for overcoming it?