Welcome to the team.
You are so young to have to suffer, but I guess there is no way of predicting when one is going to be stricken with arthritis. I only started with arthritis at 50 when I got to the menopause stage of life. I have been really struggling with my knees lately. I only take over the counter pain meds - have tried to get along some days without the Tylenol but it seems I need to rely on it more and more as time goes on. It is hard to go out and exercise when you suffer pain afterwards. I know I would be so much better off if I could take off some weight, but I really do love to eat. I tend to want to sleep more too. Some days it is hard to get motivated to do anything. Well, I don't have any answers for you other than to just take it one day, one step, one moment at a time. Find friends you can talk to in order to release your feelings. Something like SparkPeople is good - virtual buddies can really be of help. At least I truly appreciate having somewhere to vent when I need to.
So, my dear, hang in there. I have trouble with my right hip too - it really sucks that I cannot bend down on that side to be able to get my sock on, or to tie a shoe! When I walk, I wobble - as one dear friend puts it to me - 'I walk like a penguin', but I do not look like a penguin! - Good sense of humor!
MaryBeth from Ontario
| current weight: 200.0