Hi I'm new here I have osteoarthritis pretty much everywhere apart from my legs, I'm in constant pain and I'm so depressed 😔 I know everyone here understands and I feel like I need some support right now, things are so tough and life is becoming unbearable, I'm so angry all the time and miserable, the constant pain is too much im finding it very hard to cope, emotionally im a wreck and my anxiety is through the roof💔 😢 😔 any advice on trying to carry on?


  • Ellen
    Ellen Moderator Posts: 1,569

    Hi @lollipop112

    A warm welcome to the online community.

    I see you are really struggling with your arthritis and hope I can make some suggestions to help.

    First of all you are not alone many of us who have arthritis suffer with low mood. Living with a long term condition is well known to affect a person's mental health:

    Hopefully someone here will come along to share their own experience soon, but while you are waiting here are a couple of people's stories:

    Finally it might help to talk to a voice? Our helpline staff are incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. If you feel you'd like to please do call them:

    My best wishes


  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,236

    Hi @lollipop112

    I am so sorry you are suffering so much. Seriously it's totally understandable that you feel so low. loads of people do here and some take a low dose anti-depressant to help.

    It wouldn't be a failure to try it even if it just lifts you a little bit so you can cope better with life.

    Ellen mentioned the helplines - I have phoned them twice, at the beginning of my own arthritis journey, but they were fabulous. I just bawled for the first however many minutes and the call handler waited so patiently for me.

    Keep talking that's my best advice; tell us, tell your family but please think most of all think about about telling your Dr. Life does not have to feel this hard.

    Sending you some ((())) and some 💐 too

    Take care

    Toni x

  • swimmer60
    swimmer60 Member Posts: 153


    So sorry to hear that, you should not be suffering like that. It's 2024, 1724, for goodness sake! Get yourself to your GP and don't take no for an answer! 😘

  • @lollipop112 I'm so sorry to read your post.

    I'm in almost the same boat, severe osteoarthritis of both hips and in constant, debilitating pain.

    I fully understand, for me it feels like my life is worthless, I've had to close my business and I'm confined to the house because of pain and anxiety due to my lack of mobility and confidence.

    Please speak to your GP, mine has recently given me medication to try to help with my mood and anxiety and made me feel completely validated when I spoke to him about my situation and condition, which helped a lot.

    Please know you're not alone. I'm 54 years old and if you'd told me 5 years ago I'd be in this situation, I'd have laughed.

    Reading posts in this community has helped me so have a look through and know there's always someone that can relate and empathize.

    Be kind to yourself 🤗