145 | P a g e 1. SMITH 2014: experience of symptoms OA gives me pain. Pain at night makes me tired and means that I cannot concentrate, or join in with things the next day. Pain makes me feel low or worried. I am worried that it will progress in the future and that I will become dependent on others. My pain tells me how much, and what, I can do. My joints are swollen, stiff and weak. My joints feel unstable and sometimes lock and creak. OSTEOARTHRITIS 2. SMITH 2014: Self-perceptions towards OA I no longer work or do the things that I used to do. I have become isolated. I feel low. I have lost touch with people. This has an impact on those around me. OA is inevitable as you get older my parents had OA so it is no surprise. I overused my joints when I was young. Some people have OA because of an injury, poor diet and being overweight. The weather can affect your joints. I will not give in and try to stay positive. It is not as bad as other things, like cancer. However, it is difficult to explain to others because you cannot see it. OSTEOARTHRITIS 3. SMITH 2014: Functional impairment OA has a deep impact on my leisure, life and work. I am gradually joining in with less and less. I am too slow and my joints are too painful and too bad to do what I used to do. I am no longer the abled bodied person that I was. OSTEOARTHRITIS 4. SMITH 2014: Interpretation of the perceptions of other people towards their OA I don’t want to advertise my OA. People might think badly of me. There is a stigma about walking sticks. My deformity might affect what people think of me. I don’t want to be a burden on friends & family. I used to provide for my family and now I am a burden. I don’t want to rely on others. I don’t want to be labelled by my OA. I don’t want others to think that I am a complainer. I don’t tell anyone or just say that it is normal. OSTEOARTHRITIS
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