There are over 100 recognized forms of arthritis, which simply means inflammation of the Joints.
I have suffered since my early teens.When I hit my 30's I was told my joints,including my spine were appearing similar to someone twice my age!!
I now suffer dreadfully almost all the time from my toes to my jaw,in other words,I am riddled with arthritis of many types. I am in constant severe pain and yet my mind is as sharp as ever so I can still enjoy so many aspects of my life.I no longer can work,after having to stop a week prior to turning 50, But I have my beloved dogs,great neighbours who help me all the time,as my family is interstate,a garden which I make attempts to potter in each day, and my old children's book collecting which has been a hobby all my life. We get out of life what we put into it,and I am a very positive person who loves to smile and see the simple joys life has to offer!!!
I don't (yet!) but I keep a careful eye out for any symptoms of it - my grandmother had severe arthritis so it's in the family. So far my mum in her late 70s seems to be ok so may be our branch has escaped! I'm keeping my fingers crossed ;)
no I am fortunate as I seem to take after my father lived till 90 my mother suffered from arthritis in her fingers. she loved to play the piano which she did nearly every day the arthritis affected her playing in later years
No I don't - am very lucky in that regard. I am on medication for the treatment of breast cancer, and have regular bone scans as this medication can weaken the bones. My GP said my bones are comparable to a young woman's - I am 70. I was relieved at that. My mother and grandmother never had any problem with arthritis either, so perhaps its in the genes (or not).
I have arthritis in both my hands and my feet.
I walk as much as possible to keep me moving, and do what I can with my hands.
As they say, "use it, or lose it".
When I look at my hands I cant believe that I could do the fine sewing I used to, years ago
Make the best of each day, and keep off the "hard stuff" for pain relief!
Yes I have it bad and need knee replacements. My hips click a lot too. I get very frustrated with myself sometimes as everything takes so long to do. I guess its a sign of ageing and genetics but there is so much more that I want to do but feel restricted at the moment.
I'm not sure, but it sometimes feels like I have it in my left knee. My mum is 94 & 3/4's, but i don't think she has any arthritis. The friend I go walking with most mornings, has it in her fingers, so hasn't been able to wear any rings on her fingers for years, & I'm sure that's why she doesn't do much gardening, but luckily for me, she can still make lovely greeting cards, using cutout paper, & still attends craft lessons.