I am new to this community and wish to introduce myself

Hi, I am Sharman and I have osteoarthritis of the knees, hips and vertebra. The vertebrae are compounded by scoliosis, stenosis and spondolithesis. I live with severe sciatica.

I struggle to live normal life eg stairs, walking the dog and working in my garden and kitchen because I have difficulty standing.

I loved cycling and swimming both are difficult now

The pandemic lockdowns did not help me because this is when it all started.


  • noddingtonpete
    noddingtonpete Moderator Posts: 938

    Hello @Skunes and welcome to the Community. We are a friendly and supportive group and I hope that will be your experience as well.

    Have a look through the following to see if it helps


    Please keep posting and let us know how you are getting on.

    Best wishes


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  • Woofy
    Woofy Member Posts: 251

    Welcome Sharman.

    you are amongst friends on here. Sounds like you need a breather from the relentless pain. We all understand, that’s what makes this community so great.🙂

  • john62
    john62 Member Posts: 34

    Hello Sharman, welcome. There is plenty of help and support from the kind folk on here. J😀

  • Hi @Skunes

    Thank you for posting on our Online Community, we are sorry to hear that your condition is affecting your day-to-day life it must be really challenging for you.

    Thank you, Peter for adding those links for Sharman we hope they have helped.

    Firstly, have you spoken to your GP about a medication review or a referral to a Pain management programme, with this programme you would be able to get access to various specialists such as physio, and they help you to build on your ability to live well when you’re in pain.

    Secondly a referral to see an Occupational therapist could help as well, they would be able to do an assessment within your home, if they consider that adaptions are necessary and appropriate so that you are able to live independently they will pass on a recommendation to your local council. They will also teach you how to do things differently so as not to put too much of a strain on your joints.

    Best wishes


    Helpline Advisor