Starting my arthritis journey
I'm new to this group, I'm 42 and just been diagnosed with moderate osteoarthritis of my right knee and arthritis in my right ankle. I've been in constant pain for over 10wks now, the severity is changeable but rarely drops below 5/10 on a pain scale.
I struggle being on my feet for too long and walking more than short distances. I'm currently waiting for my first appointment with MSK after it was cancelled last week.
I must admit to feeling a little low due to being in pain for so long. I've been prescribed Naproxen but it doesn't seem to be helping much. I've bought hot and cold sprays which give temporary relief and my latest purchase is an electric heat pad which I can put over my knee which has helped a bit.
I'm uncertain about what the future holds; I'm currently working in a nursery school a job that I love but I'm finding the 10hr days a bit much and struggling with doing certain aspects of my job due to the pain.
I don't know whether the pain will ease with warmer weather or if MSK exercises will help, if this is a flare up that will end at some point or whether I need to consider cutting my hours at work.
I can't financially afford to cut my hours so would have to apply for PIP but unsure how easy the application process is or whether it'll even be approved.
Everything just feels so uncertain at the moment and hoping to get some advice from people who've been in the same situation.
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