Feel abandoned by NHS
after several letters to my doctor and a several week wait for an appointment with him face to face I felt something was at last about to happen regarding my arthritis. On arrival I was told it was osteoarthritis.
id explained that the extreme pain that I have in my knees, feet, hips, hands, spine was severely restricting my life. I cannot walk more than 30 metres without excruciating pain, I limp and this is throwing my back, hips and spine out causing even more pain. More frightening is the dislocation.? of my knees, that’s the bast way I can describe it, when the one bone slips out of alignment. This regularly happens when I try to descend steps and has caused me to lose my balance several times.
pain in hands and thumbs leaves me with no strength to carry our everyday activities and severely restricted mobility. I used to sew a lot but now can’t even hold a needle. I used to dance ballroom and Latin but I can no longer do that because the knees will not perform turns or support me through the duration of the music. I’m also a keen gardener but have to severely limit my time outside and sit or perch when doing chores.
All in all my life is restricted and the massive changes are making me extremely depressed. I’m an independent person and at 63 still work part time and baby sit my toddler grandson to support my daughter.
I thought my GP would have something in the way of treatment but I came away with nothing. His only suggestion was physiotherapy but this was not available as a NHS option but one that has to be funded privately by me. I will try but the cost may be too much for me on National Living Wage.
I asked about knee replacements - too young he said. Not something they usually do for osteoarthritis. I raised the subject of pain relief but as I have a liver condition he did not recommend anything. I use gels on the skin but there is nothing stronger than the over the counter ones I buy. I also asked about a new treatment where they take tissue from a knee and grow new cartilage in a lab, before replacing it. He laughed, “in another time, on another planet”.
I feel written off and consigned to the scrap heap!
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