Living with osteoarthritis of the knee
Dealing with stress
Living with a long-term condition like osteoarthritis can lower your morale and may affect your sleep. It’s important to tackle problems like these as they could lead to depression and make the osteoarthritis more difficult to cope with. It often helps to talk about negative feelings – speak to your healthcare team, family or friends. Your doctor may also be able to tell you about local support groups.
If pain is a problem at night, try the following:
- Have a hot bath before going to bed, or use a hot-water bottle, wheat bag (which you can heat in a microwave) or electric blanket.
- Take a painkiller before going to bed.
- Place a pillow between your knees.
You may need to make some alterations to your working environments, especially if you have a physically demanding job. Speak to your employer’s occupational health service if they have one, or your local Jobcentre Plus can put you in touch with Disability Employment Advisors who can arrange work assessments. They can advise you on changing the way you work and on equipment that may help you to do your job more easily. If necessary, they can also help with retraining for more suitable work.