Struggling with everything
I have been back amd forwards between rheumatology and orthapaedics with various diagnoses and they have settled on hypermobility syndrome, osteoarhritis in my knees, feet and hands along with fibromyalgia and possibly inflammatory arthritis. I also have hip impingement.
I am in pain all the time and really struggling to get everyday tasks done. I have also been under exceptional stress with work recently which has exacerbated symptoms. I've exhausted all opiate pain relief being either allergic or intolerant of them. I take gabapentin and duloxetine which help a bit.
I try to go out for a short walk every other day (I need a day for my knee to recover in between) but other than that I am mostly housebound. I can drive but find getting in and out of the car really difficult.
I need help in how to make adjustments and look at whether I am eligble for practical support or benefits to pay for help e.g. cleaning but I don't know how to start. I don't feel like my GP understands how much this impacts my life and that I feel like my life is over despite being 41.
Any advice would be gratefully recieved.
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