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Marchal Member Posts: 2
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:11 in Living with arthritis


My name is Marchal

How do you keep working when you’ve had 3 surgeries on your fingers of your dominant hand awaiting another (after a failed fusion) at the end of this month requiring another 12 weeks off, and also awaiting appointment for fusion of my big toe all due to OA. I’m struggling everyday in work with limited grip in my hand, my other hand is now swelling and painful at the joints of my fingers, my foot is so painful I have altered the way I walk to get a small bit of respite as I’m on my feet all day. I also have arthritis in both knees and think I’m currently keeping voltarol in business. I’m feeling so low with the discomfort and pain I put myself through whilst struggling to do my job.

Thanks 😊


  • Anna
    Anna Moderator Posts: 871

    Hello @Marchal and welcome to the online community,

    I understand you’re struggling at work because of the pain and discomfort caused by arthritis. So many of us on the forum understand a little of what you’re going through - going to work is often necessary and also can give us a sense of worth, but it can prove difficult when also dealing with joint pain.

    Have a look at the link below - it will give you an idea of what rights you have in the workplace, and what support you should expect from your employer:

    We also have a forum specifically on work related matter. You might find some useful advice here, or you can post any questions you may have:

    Do let us know how you’re getting on - you’re among friends here.

    Anna ( Moderator)

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