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I am 58 and have had osteoarthritus for at least 5 years. It started in small ways in my low back, knees and kneck, but in the last few years it seems to have got rapidly worse. I am now at the point where I am constantly in pain, I struggle to walk, stand, go up and down stairs etc and if I have an "attack" I am literally bound to the sofa which is where I have to sleep all of the time as I cannot lay in a bed, and can just about move on and off the commode. If I have an attack I cannot work at all, but otherwise I can just about get to and from work and get through the working day. I work as a customer service assistant on the phones so I am deskbound and my colleagues have to help me with photocopying etc. I have had to have lots of time off work due to sickness and this is getting worse. I have had a warning due to my sickness. I have cut my working days down to 4 but work longer hours to try and not lose too much of my wage as I am the only wage earner in my home. I do not sleep well at all and on top of the pain I am constantly exhausted. I have all sorts of other medical problems as well such as diabetes. I feel my life is just existing to go to work to pay the bills and come home to recover until I am at work again. I have no quality of life as I physically cannot do anything else, I cannot even go shopping because of the pain. I cannot take anti-inflammatories and can only rely on zapain as pain relief. My arthritus has spread into my ankles, feet, toes, my fingers and I can feel in going into
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