Hey all, I've recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and possible rheumatoid arthritis too. Got to say it absolutely sucks. Up till six months ago I was fit as a fiddle and never had a joint problem in my life. I've always had physically demanding jobs, but was more than happy doing that type of work as it's mainly outdoors and I love being out and about. About six months ago I started getting pain in my knees but thought nowt of it as Like I said my job is demanding, I put up with that for about a month and then started having pain in my lower back and neck, I knew something was off but put up with it till the pain moved into my hands and wrists. I eventually went to the doctors and was sent for X-rays, this was when the damage was seen in my knees, the doctor has assumed that this is causing the pain in my back and neck too. The swelling in my hands she thinks is rheumatoid arthritis, and I'm now waiting on confirmation of a rheumatologist appointment at the hospital. Oddly enough I have no history of arthritis in my family of joint problems either. The doctor thinks this may have all been brought on by a stomach complaint I had for months. In and odd sort of way this has forced me back into IM. I was never that successful but had made a few pounds doing it previously, but given the preference I always preferred my old lifestyle of making money. So here I am back to square one and going to try and re-learn IM all over again as there's no way I can live on unemployment money. I have dragon naturally speaking for when my hands get to sore and a couple of tools I had bought back yonder. I'm going to need to make some adjustments in chairs and desks too I assume, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I can no longer walk for any length of time now and most physical activity is severely diminished. Who knows what the future holds, but I'm determined to grind and make the best of whats left of life now. It's amazing how much you miss the simple things like walking and normal other day to day activities when these things are no longer available to you But onwards and upwards I suppose, stiff upper lip and all that. Feel free to post how you too cope with any illness and how it effects you both in life and work, thanks for reading.