When my Dr diagnosed osteoarthritis in my right shoulder she warned me against letting it impact my life or stop me doing things I wanted to.
Fair enough, I know there are many much worse than me but I do find myself hesitating if I think I will be in pain. There are better days and worse ones (and nights) but I find myself shrinking from the risk of being jostled on crowded pavements, undertaking any walking other than the bare minimum as that sets it off and of course cannot raise my right arm above about elbow height or carry much.
How do I stop mysel sinking into self pity? It is not going to get better and while Naproxen does a good job I have to watch my stomach too so daren’t overdo it.
I hate waking up feeling in pain or the depression which seems to accompany it.
Silent treatment - son
Caught in the act - neighbours
How to say it - 'no'