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I have been away for a couple of days with friends. I have often heard of arthritis but to hear one of my friends (about my own age) who is suffering from a very bad dose of arthritis, describe how it affects his daily living truly amazed me and made me realize how lucky I have been.

He has had both hips replaced and describes how use of the lower and higher back-bone leads to excruciating pain all the time making it extremely difficult for him to walk, stoop, tie his shoe laces, or do any other similar simple action. In Ireland (pop 4.5 million), they tell me, around 915,000 people, including 1,100 children, are living with arthritis, making it the single biggest cause of disability. People of all ages are living with arthritis, not just the elderly, no cure exists at present and it is not known what causes it.

May the Good Lord continue to preserve us from it.



I'm only 57, and I have been dealing with it for about 20 years, although it got very bad about 15 years ago. I have severe damage to both of my knees and both of my hands, and also damage to my hips, feet and one shoulder. I suspect that it is moving into my back as well.

I am, literally, in pain all of the time, although if I am sitting it is generally only lvl 1 or 2. Immediately upon standing, it shoots to a lvl 6, then 7, then 8, and sometimes spikes to 9, causing me to cry out in pain at embarrassing times.

They tell me there is nothing they can really do about other than control my diet, get enough sleep, and exercise as well as I can provided that it is hard for me to move. It is also degenerative, so I'm not really getting any better. All I can do is slow it down.
Sincere sympathy. How debilitating that must be - and to see no end to it! Even to achieve sleep must be very, very difficult.
Yes it is. But it is what it is. You are very, very fortunate to not have this.
i'm 50 and have been struggling with arthritic changes to my joints since i was in my late 20's.

may you live without knowing what it is like! (that's a serious wish for your continuing health, i wouldn't wish this on anyone but my first husband's mother...)
Thank you. Isn't it sad that medicine, with all its advances, has not succeeded to enable relief in this matter.

May you never get to experience it. At 53 I'm having to deal with it every day. From the knees, right hip, lower back, and neck comes varying levels of pain.

Sometimes that pain causes my to cry out. Sometimes I can only retreat to bed and cry into a pillow. Painkillers can only do so much.

Sometimes just walking to the loo is enough. Other times like yesterday I can be out felling trees with out a squeak from the joints. It's so unpredictable that planning activities is fraught with disappointment.

When you walk with a crutch everyone knows you are in pain. With arthritis people, even friends, often are unaware of your constant struggle.
It is amazing the difference in the way poeple treat me in public when I'm having to use either a stick or crutch. I much prefer not to though. However, there are times when an aid is a necessity. The down side then is that I usually end up with greater pain in my back and hip.
I've been dealing with it in various locations and levels of severity since I was 16; inflammatory and rheumatoid types.
Luckily my favourite form of exercise is swimming, and all my joints are supported during the workout by the water. Painkillers are limited as I react allergically to paracetemol and aspirin, and ibuprofen doesn't do a lot unless I take it in sufficiently high quantities that it kicks off the asthma. For Really Bad Days there's tramadol but I try to avoid that where possible (opiate drugs are not something I want to develop a resistance to).
The consultant I see has recommended certain foods as an alternative to taking supplements. This has resulted in the upside of having carte blanche to eat sushi, edamame and of course lots of lovely sashimi.
Sorry you have to suffer so much. But enjoy the sushi etc!
My day is not complete without 4 100mg doses of tramadol alongside paracetamol and naproxen. I am thankful that I can take the painkillers although I do wish that I could manage without.

I do think it's a pity that sushi is not available on prescription.