Difficult Times

I have played sports and recently got osteoarthritis in my left kneecap and suspected in my ankles, so the last 10 months have been difficult as I have pretty much no life which is very demoralising and it's very difficult to accept and with all the people, I read who are suffering with this terrible disease and i ask myself why no more treatments are available considering arthritis has been around since ancient times as there are so many who need help. I sometimes think why should I continue my life in this way as I am stuck in a world I cannot get out of.


  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,608

    @Dee50 , it can be very hard getting a diagnosis for anyone but, for a keen sportsperson, possibly worse.

    And yet, we do acclimatise. We often have to give up beloved activities but we also discover new, fun things with which to fill the gap. Really. I've had to give up lots of things but, because of that, I've discovered so many new ones.

    This is not to trivialise what's happening to you. But, if we try not to look back with regret and, instead, look forward with interest, life with arthritis can still be really good.

    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • Woofy
    Woofy Member Posts: 215


    a lot of us on here know exactly where you are coming from.

    recently been diagnosed with RA. I have been in a fair bit of pain since last year on and off

    i have always been very active, so this has knocked me for six.

    I have learnt over the last few months to adapt to not being able to do stuff in the same way as I did before.

    I have found my own way of doing things. I never knew wooden spoons could have so many uses lol.

    I love walking, and I do my best to walk every day. Some days more successful than others. It’s about re- inventing ways of still doing the things you enjoy.

    if there are some activities you really can’t do, find new ones. It is hard to be positive all the time, and I’ve had some very low days, I don’t mind admitting. But I figured it’s better to try and fail, than not trying at all. Good luck.

  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,032
    edited 8. Nov 2022, 07:29

    Hi @Dee50

    I am so sorry you are feeling so dispirited about it all at the moment. I'm not surprised it is extra tough maybe if you have come from a sporty life to getting Arthritis.

    I reckon it's such a huge proportion of the world who had the condition that it really ought to be a priority too and I know that Versus Arthritis are doing research

    Forum seems on a go slow this morning. sorry it's not letting that post properly.

    Can I suggest something and hope you won't be offended. There is a helpline at VA I have phoned them myself in the past (and bawled and bawled) they are wonderful. Do ring them if you can it can help speaking to an actual voice.Their number is 0800 52000 520

    Also I want you to be able to see this if it works

    Many many of us on here do suffer with low mood. The posts from @stickywicket and @Woofy offer some insight into how you might 'move forward' (sorry I hate jargon) please know you are not alone we are all here with you.

    Take care

    Toni x