Hello everyone. I have had osteoarthritis for about 15 years. I had both kneecaps replaced when I was 46, which was life changing, but am really struggling with fatigue, depression and intermittent pain and swelling in my knees, but also pain in the tops of my feet and swelling and stiffness in my hands. I had negative rheumatoid and autoimmune tests and x rays of feet and hands were normal. I am a single parent, have had depression for years, even before my diagnosis and one of my children is mentally ill- recovering from an eating disorder. I feel so alone. Have no partner or family. I have friends, but I don’t want
to burden them and they are usually busy. I feel utterly overwhelmed by everything and scared. My mother died from Wegener’s granulomatosis and I’ve always worried that I might get it, despite being told by my mother’s consultant that it isn’t hereditary. I isolate myself and it’s really not good for me.
Caring for my daughter, who’s 17 is extremely challenging .
I just need to talk to people who understand. Thank you xx