I AM ONLY 41 AND I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS AND DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE. IT IS GENETIC. IT HAS GOTTEN SO BAD THAT I AM NOW HAVING TROUBLE WALKING. I HAVE IT IN MY SPINE, MY HANDS, MY LEGS, KNEES, ANKLES, AND FEET PLUS AM WORKING 40 HOURS A WEEK ON MY FEET AND STILL RAISING CHILDREN AND TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF MY HOUSE. THE DOCTORS HAVE SUGGESTED PHYSICAL THERAPY BUT I AM SO PHYSICALLY EXHAUSTED AFTER WORK I CANNOT IMAGINE DOING THAT. I CANNOT STOP WORKING BECAUSE I CANNOT AFFORD TO. I FEEL LIKE I AM ABOUT READY TO GO CRAZY. MY HUSBAND DOES NOT UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH PAIN I AM IN, I DO NOT THINK ANYONE DOES UNLESS THEY HAVE THESE PROBLEMS. EVEN THE DOCTORS SAY I AM WAY TO YOUNG TO HAVE THIS EVEN THOUGH ALL THE XRAYS, MRIS, AND BLOOD TESTS SAY I DO. I HAVE A HERNIATED DISC NOW AND TWO BULGING DISCS. I JUST DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO ANYMORE. I KEEP READING THAT THIS IS A FULL TIME JOB TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF BUT HOW DOES SOMEONE AT MY AGE DO THAT AND HAVE TO WORK TO PAY THE BILLS AND RAISE A FAMILY. I HAVE NEVER BEEN THE TYPE OF PERSON TO LET STRESS GET TO ME BUT RIGHT NOW I FEEL HOPELESS. PLEASE ANY ADVICE WOULD BE GREATView Thread
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