My name is Amie and i'm 21, i suffer with arthritis in my left ankle. I developed arthritis when i had an accident over 5 years ago now where i broke my leg, ankle and dislocated my foot. After 3 operations i'd developed severe arthritis by the ages of 17 and a half. I never really felt anyone understood just quite how much pain i was in apart from my Mum but she was still shocked to see the xrays of my arthritis development. My Mum has been my real rock through these past 5 years, she understand how hard it is for me and is always there when i feel down about it. I don't know how i would have coped at all if it hadn't been for her.
My Mum and i then did research into all different kinds of therapies and tried them all osteopathy, physio, vitamins, all different kinds of painkillers and it's just not helping me! It's so difficult to describe the pain, the joint i use the most out of anything has become my worst enemy.
I'm on tramadol painkillers at the moment which help but the only way i can get real relief for a brief time is when i take tramadol, paracetamol and iboprofen. At 21 sometimes i get so down when i take a moment to think about how my life has changed, i can't do any sports, i can't walk for any more than an hour without being in severe pain and after 7 operations now I just feel at a loose end. The only procedure i have left is Ankle Fusion surgery and i was just wondering if anyone had been through it and could make me feel a bit better about choosing this option? Obviously at 21 i want to get my career started as i've just graduated uni but i'm struggling more and more to be able to get out of bed in the morning. I would just like some support from people who know what i'm going through. This is the first time i've tried talking to a support group or anything like that.