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Jan123 Member Posts: 2

Hi. I am an independent woman living on my own. I thought I'd say hi now as I'd like to make connections.

The winter is coming in fast and I won't be able to go out much soon. I have a fair few health conditions but Arthritis is the one I'm having most issues with just now. I fear pretty soon I won't e able to walk much at all.

Is there anyone else feeling like this ? It would be good to chat. Take care all.


  • Lilymary
    Lilymary Member Posts: 1,318

    Hi Jan, welcome to the crew. I'm very independent too (which my husband will confirm!) and have OA in my hips. This stops me doing any more than a slow half hour walk, although I can just about work, as it involves a lot of sitting down and standing still, but the walking in between bits are a problem! I'm hoping for a new hip one day, when the NHS has recovered, as I can't do much at all meantime.

    If you can tell us a bit more about how your arthritis affects you - I'm sure there will be others who can relate to your condition. Has this been assessed by the medics yet? What do you do to keep mobile and sane?

    Stay well


  • Brynmor
    Brynmor Administrator Posts: 1,259

    Hi @Jan123 and a warm welcome to the Online Community.

    Winter can be quite a tough time for those of us who have arthritis and this can often limit the activities that help us day to day. We had a lovely story last December on our web site from Alison about her her top 5 tips for keeping active in winter:

    Do tell us how you are getting on and what your plans will be for staying active in spite of the season.

    Best wishes


    ROBCON Applicant2 Posts: 1

    Hi @Jan123

    I'm sorry your are struggling at present. I'm a 53 year old man with is suspected to be osteoarthritis in both knees. Climbing up and down stairs right now is murder. My place has three flights. I have to wear knee supports and adhesive heat pads are a godsend on cold days.

    My fingers and wrists are stiff and tingly most mornings. I find soaking them in radox and hot water really helps to ease my discomfort. I am set to have an MRI scan and a rheumatologist consult within the next 4 weeks.

    I am waiting to be told what I already pretty much know. I think its important to focus on what you can presently do and what you can enjoy most. It is very easy to be consumed by dark despondent moods. I've been very short tempered ,cranky and withdrawn . I 'have felt like people who were not helpful were an unnecessary hindrance.

    I'd strongly recommend a TENS machine to help take the edge off the pain. I'd also recommend essential oils as a way to ease periods of low mood. I've felt pretty defeated and despondent over stuff that just 18 months ago would have been a temporary trivial setback. Gotta enjoy the small victories and cherish the hell out of life's smallest pleasures.

    Keep your chin up

  • Brynmor
    Brynmor Administrator Posts: 1,259

    Hi @ROBCON and welcome to the Online Community.

    That's a really good set of tips you have posted. Coping with moods and feeling despondent can be a very real battle and asking for help is often a really big step to overcoming the worst days. I find that on some days I'm just really tired and unable to manage much - giving in to the fatigue is a real temptation.

    The Versus Arthritis web site has some really useful help on managing fatigue and I have used a couple of these suggestions to help me before:

    Do continue to give advice and support, ask questions. Do let us know how your appointment with the rheumatologist goes and how you are getting on.

    All best wishes


  • JanetGSG
    JanetGSG Member Posts: 3

    Hello I’m JanetGSG,

    i have joined the move more thing with Leon, it has opened up a whole new world of experience and advice.

    i look forward to hearing from others coping with pain and constrictions.

  • Brynmor
    Brynmor Administrator Posts: 1,259
    edited 11. Dec 2020, 14:35

    Hi @JanetGSG welcome to the Online Community, great to see you here.

    Let's Move with Leon is a great series with loads of practical ideas on simple exercise to help us get moving, especially when restricted with going outside. Glad that you are enjoying it.

    Do join in across the Community, ask questions and give support, It's a great place to call in for a chat and to say how you are getting on.

    All best wishes


    PS. I have moved your 2nd post to a new discussion in Living with Arthritis so it gets its own replies and not get mixed up with this conversation 😃