A diagnosis of any long-term condition like arthritis can be hard to take in at first. It can be hard to believe that it is something the person you care for will have for the rest of their life. It might be a while before the diagnosis feels like it has sunk in. This is completely normal. We all have to take time when adjusting to big changes in our lives.
A sense of loss
It can be difficult to learn that arthritis is a long-term condition – it’s not going away, and in the case of some forms of arthritis, it may get worse over time. You might feel a sense of loss about the things you and the person you care for used to be able to do together.
The good news is that depending on the activity, there can be many ways to adapt. The person you care for won’t necessarily have to give up on work, driving, or https://support.herefirst.org.uk/app/answers/detail/a_id/903″>playing sports. Now they have a diagnosis, you both have a better idea of where to go for advice.
The person you care for may have been experiencing pain for a long time before finally see the doctor. A diagnosis brings the promise that they will get the right treatment and advice to reduce pain and manage day to day life better.
For more guidance on coming to terms your new caring role, click here.
Want to know more about arthritis?
Take a look at our pages on the different types of arthritis and common questions about arthritis. We go into more detail about diagnosing and treating the two main types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Want to know what their treatment options are?
We have information on medication, therapies, hip and knee replacements, and other kinds of surgery.
Not sure what you’re doing as their carer?
Take a look at our pages on helping someone manage pain, helping someone look after their joints, and getting suitable home equipment or home care.
Worried you can’t do it alone?
Take a look at our section on finding further support. It has tips on working out what kind of day to day help someone needs, information on where else you can get this help, and guidance on sharing your role with friends and family. Finally, you might want to look into what support you can get yourself as a carer.
There is lots of support out there for you and the person you care for. You can do this.
Along your journey, we can support you by answering any questions you might have and helping you access the right support. With online information, phone support, and our local expertise, our aim is to make it easier to get support in a system that can feel fragmented and hard to navigate. If this is the kind of support you might be interested in, join us as a member of HERE.