Recent diagnosis of osteoarthritis in spine. Coping with first flare up🥲
I have been struggling with general walking and pain when standing still for more than 20 mins since January this year. The discomfort in the mornings and general pain increased over the months and my osteopath said I was too pain sensitive for them to help and told me to request an MRI with GP. Months later I get the results I have arthritis in my spine predominately L4 & L5 from an historic injury. Also bulging posterior discs. Was basically told to consider long term management as it is degenerative and pain relief when required. End of July had my first acute flare. Not been able to go to work due to pain and my mobility being affected. Just prescribed pain meds to get me through. Not actually seen a health practitioner as all appointments have been on the phone. Even then, depending who I talk too, makes me feel I’m wasting their time. Don’t know how to address a possible phased return to work (office work, so nothing manual to consider). Feel so low at the moment. Keep being told to find a new normal but don’t know where to start.