About Me – My Arthritis Story

About Me – My Arthritis Story

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Hi, welcome to The Arthritis Fight! I hope this website can provide you with valuable information and tools in order to better cope with the pain of chronic inflammation, let’s fight back and regain control of our health and life!

My Story

8th November 2013, it was a Friday and I was at work, my last day before my week off which I would be spending decorating mine and my wifes first home.

If I’m honest I wasn’t that excited about the prospect of decorating but looking back now I would have happily got my brushes and rollers out as soon as I finished work if I knew then what I know now.

You see I wouldn’t get that decorating done, not that week or even that year!

On that Friday morning at approximately 9:30am I suffered an accident breaking my leg and my ankle in 2 places.

I won’t go into all the details but at one point that day sat in the accident and emergency department at the hospital, I faced the prospect of losing my foot as the breaks had caused blood flow to stop reaching my foot.

An ambulance was needed when I suffered my accident that led to my arthritis diagnosis.
I remember being in the back of the ambulance inhaling gas and air while trying to avoid looking down at my broken and dislocated ankle.

Alas, I still have the foot and by that I mean it’s still attached not I have it in a jar on the mantle piece.

Though there have been times over the last 4 years I have wondered if my life would be better if it had been amputated back then.

I only say that because due to the severity of the injury and other complications I developed osteoarthritis in my ankle, which many people will know is not a pleasant disease to live with.

Many of you reading will have some form of arthritis or have a loved one who is suffering or will at least know of somebody living with the pain of the disease.

When it was diagnosed the surgeon told me the usual and commonly heard lines such as it CAN’T be cured, it WILL get worse and you WILL need more surgery in later life.

As you can imagine I was in shock at the positivity seeping out of him…not!

I was offered an ankle fusion as my arthritis was already quite severe and fusion was the only thing that would eliminate the pain.

I had read about this surgery and didn’t like the thought of going through it at that point in my life.

I am not disregarding the operation and I know some people have had success with an ankle fusion I also know that some haven’t.

The surgeon had told me to control my weight and take vitamin D and Calcium tablets to help the bones strengthen again.

This bit of advice led me on a quest to discover and try anything that might help ease the pain and give me back a better quality of life!

Positive Mindset = Positive Action

Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying you can wish this disease away because we would all be disease free if that was the case.

A positive mindset can be an incredible tool that will help you battle and relieve the pain of arthritis.
Look to the positives in your life, keep them in mind and focus on them it can help keep your body free from stress and pain.

I’m not even saying arthritis can be cured, all I am saying is tell yourself you can beat it and you will overcome it.

I truly feel that you have to have this mindset in order to give yourself that chance and I know it isn’t easy especially when winter rolls around and the cold weather plays havoc with the affected joints, but I look at it this way…

In four years my symptoms have got better.

I normally look at it on a year-on-year basis because as people will know it can be fairly pain free some weeks or months and then play up significantly.

That can be caused by obvious things such as over doing it, banging the joint, cold weather or even less obvious ones such as diet and what you have recently eaten or how much sleep you have had.

Arthritis is called a degenerative disease, meaning it gets worse with time. I want to repeat my previous statement in four years my symptoms have got better!

Am I curing myself?

Probably not.

Am I finding a way to cope with the pain, be able to do more things and taking back some control of my life?

You better believe it!

THE AIM

To give you information from things I have read and things I use that help me fight back against this condition.

I still have dark days when there’s pain and I’m restricted and its then that I focus on what I can do now.

My dream is to beat arthritis and to one day be able to run.
My dream is to beat arthritis and to one day be able to run.

We often take our body for granted until the body breaks down and we regret not enjoying the most simple and basic things in life like!

Going for a long walk, a run or dancing, I used to detest running, now its one of the things I want to do most and believe I WILL do, we ALL can!

Let’s do this!

All the best,

Andy

P.S. I got my decorating done.

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16 thoughts on “About Me – My Arthritis Story”

  1. Hi Andy, I am a fellow chronic pain sufferer, and my mother suffers from serious arthritis, so I look forward to reading more. Cheers, Angie

    • Hi Angie thanks for reading and commenting, I am sorry to hear you and your mother are also suffering from chronic pain, I hope there are things here that can help you!

  2. Wow, so brave of you to share your story. I can only imagine the words of the doctors on the possibilities of more surgeries to come.Your suggestion of mindset is spot on. When there is nothing else to do, we better make the best out of the negative situations. With your attitude, I believe one day you will be able to run. Wishing you all the best!

    • Hi, thank you for commenting on my story. Yes, it was scary at the start not knowing what to do or where to turn but I have worked my way through and carved my own path.

      2 years on from this article and I am hardly in any pain, working, attending a gym again and getting stronger all the time. You are right it has been achieved through my mindset and attitude and I believe I can achieve more too!

  3. Hello Andy, it is very nice to see your story and to learn about how you have come to deal with it over time. I see that for one to actually deal with the issue effectively, one will need to have a good mindset in addition to the medications. This is very cool. Thank you for sharing your story. This might be a source of inspiration for many. Do you know if there i any support group specifically for those fighting arthritis?

  4. Hello Andy,

    This is a very motivational article. I believe positive thoughts are what make us happy. And being happy make us healthy. Curing a disease and feeling better are two different things. Even though we can’t cure our illnesses for some reason, we can be happy. That being said, I wish you best of luck in your future and may your days be filled positivity. 🙂

    • Hi Anjali thanks for your kind words. I agree with you positivity is very powerful and I always try to keep a strong mind and positive approach to all I do.

      Best of luck to you too 🙏🏻

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I think it is great that you are fighting this disease and looking for ways to heal. I agree that keeping weight under control helps. I can attest to that. I had severe pain in my knees for years. I would have to ice them after walking all day. But after losing the weight, the pain totally went away. So I think nutrition and controlling weight does play a role. I am looking forward to learning more from you. 

    • Hi Wendy thank you for reading and commenting. Yes you will have alleviated a lot of pressure on the knee joints, well done 👍🏻 

  6. Hello Andy, it is very nice to meet you. I am very happy that you could come up here to share your experience and i am even gha[ppier to see that you are already recovering from the pain. I know how hard it can be because a friend of mine is also going through something similar. I will share your site with him. I wish you a quick complete recovery. Regards!

  7. Great article… Chronic arthritis runs in my family.. It’s definitely not something we all enjoy having…I’m so sorry to hear about your accident..But I’m so happy for you and still have a positive energy to keep moving forward with your life knowing you have to live with the pain…You are truly an inspiration to everyone! Keep fighting and never give up!!!  A great read!!! Best of luck to you!

    • Thank you for reading and for your kind words!

      Thankfully my efforts mean I currently don’t have to live in pain so it’s all going in the right direction 🙂

  8. Hi Andy, ّI am sorry for what you have been through in your life for so many years and I am glad your symptoms have gotten better.Your Arthritis Story illustrates a certain difficult situation where you have been in and sharing the experience you have encountered with,could help many people benefit from these experiences to fight the disease more effortlessly.

    I do believe that you will be able to do what you want to do most and…yes, we ALL can. Thank you

     

    • Thank you for reading and commenting, yes that is the aim of the website to help fellow fighters and if it helps just 1 person it will have been worth it!

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