Newly Diagnosed, not sure how to continue living.
I got the dreaded Osteoarthrosis diagnosis yesterday, on the left hand all of my thumb and 2 wrist joints, on the right 3 PIP joints. I'm 28.
Very light arthrosis, no erosion yet.
I work as a designer and i'm a gamer so i use my hands a lot, been having troubles with my hands and arms for 13 years now. That coupled with the very sedentary lifestyle i was leading got me this prize.
I was working 10+ hours a day and filling the rest with gaming. Little to no breaks and no exercise was bound to do some damage. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes as they say. I had a really bad RSI case last year and since then i started to radically change my life, little too late apparently.
I just had a mental breakdown, i don't know how to continue. I am afraid of even using my hands now.
Got told gaming, as long as it's with a keyboard and not a controller and work is fine to do, but i'm frozen in place.
I don't know what will happen to me, i got so many questions.
Couple of them:
I started going to the gym regularly, do i need to stop that now? (Stuff like weight training, doc said to not deal with heavy loads)
Can i train my ligaments to allow me to reclaim controller gaming for example?
Can i keep on working until i retire?
Will i ever be completely unable to move my hands? (Can surgery help)
When do i stop using my hands? What signs do i need to listen to?
Is it worth living like this?
How can i get better?
It hasn't been a day and i feel like i'll be a worthless burden to my fiance down the road.
My mental state has turned dark really fast, i worked so damn hard for my life, i love my job and my hobby too. I'm afraid, i'm confused and i need help.
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