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gd day to all. I`m a 50yr old f from nottingham. Had problems with my joints all my life. Remember having blood tests as a child i guess to look for oa or ra. Was diagnosed with oa few yrs ago. Xrays on hands as i have nodules ? is that what there called, on my top knuckles on both index fingers and one middle finger. Noticed a new lump on middle knuckle of index finger. they r generally bent and i cant make a fist with left hand. pain has subsided since i left my job which required alot of manual handling. But i now have it in my left knee. I had a MRI after a fall last aug. Pain radiates up my thigh and into the bottom of my back. And last few days i`m having twinges in my other knee too. On codeine for the pain. Can have steriod injections when i`m ready and obviously in the future replacement surgery. Firstly, how do ppl cope with the pain, i know it`s gona get worse. I`m trying to work, i`m an auxillary nurse, luckily agency so I choose to work nights and on smaller wards where the work load is easier. And secondly what am I going to do if I have to give up work. I pay all the monthly bills and I`ve been struggling with that for last 6mnths as I`m only managing cpl shifts a week. I feel very dispondant. The menopause kicked in around the same time as the fall, making me feel very depressed and it`s only because I`ve been on the recieving end of suicide that I know i coudn`t do that to my family. But now this !
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