After about 12 years of suffering hip pain, back pain and neck and shoulder pain 10 days ago two fingers on my right hand started. I’m gutted. I’ve now been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I love doing my teddies and crafts. All my teddies and hand stitched. All their accessories are hand made too. Fimo cakes, biscuits, slugs and veggies etc. At this moment in time I feel my life is over.
Is there anyone out there who can offer me any advice on how to cope with the pain and stiffness and continue to do my crafts? I don’t want to close my folksy shop but what’s the point if I can’t make my teddies in the future.
Sorry if I sound self pitying. I try to keep upbeat but this has knocked me for six. I can cope with the pain in my big joints but my hands!!! I need my hands for the work I do and love.