“Too young for arthritis”
Just wanted to say hi and see how everyone deals with peoples reactions when you tell them you have arthritis. If I had a pound every time someone said “don’t be silly, you’re too young to have arthritis” I would be a millionaire.
So we found out I had a form of OA in my foot when I was around 10 and now that I’m 24 it is now on my feet, knees, hips, and fingers.
Most of the time I get by and I lead a pretty active life - gym 3 x a week and working in farming and hospitality. I do try and tell employers straight away that I have joint problems but the amount of times it’s brushed off or forgotten is shocking. I guess it’s something I don’t show to many people when I’m struggling, as if it’s something I feel embarrassed about.
But lately it’s got to the point where I’m relying on my boyfriend to help me around the house, mainly having to lift me off the sofa and bed which for someone who likes to be independent is hard to get use to.
I guess a good questions to ask too is has any one ever experienced doctors question your arthritis?
When I started to feel it in my knees and hips more I went to my GP who questioned my pain so much I felt like I was making it up. She reluctantly referred me to a hospital doctor who only asked about my knee pain despite the notes mentioning all the other joints that were effected. After a quick examination I was told that despite having OA in the knee that there was nothing they could do unless it stopped me from sleeping or stopped me from earning money. I wasn’t offered any help, no options of how to reduce my pain or anything.
99% or online articles are for older generation, or only recommended that you move more and loose weight. But what do you do when you’re in your 20s and live an active lifestyle?
You could say that I should get an office job - I’ve tried and it’s just not for me… also why should I stop doing the job I love?!
So how does everyone else deal with the arthritis is only for old people that so many people have?
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