Hi, I'm new here. I have arthritis, but am waiting to get in to see a specialist to get a proper diagnosis (my appointment is set for late July). Ive been in pain for years...20 or so, but just ignoring it as best I can. I've been accepted into the Arthritis Centre (only a 3 month wait for this), where I'm getting physio and help from an OT to creat braces so that I can knit. Three years ago I had my knee fuse and ended up with a knee replacement. The other needs to be done, but I need to lose weight. Right now, I've been diagnosed with elbow arthritis, affecting the ulnar nerve. I just saw the surgeon, 5 months after my initial pain. He said he could move the nerve around and clean up the joint, but he won't. He doesn't think it will do much. I feel as if I would have had a different answer if I were more fit. I feel crushed. I've got pain in various joints and muscles, this elbow pain has put me over the top. I've been off work for five months. My family doctor has been great. I'm on an anti inflammatory medication for joint pain and Gabo for nerve pain, but often the pain in my elbow is intense, shooting down my arm. I thought I saw the light at the end of the tunnel, but the surgeon just turned it off. I just feel like I'm in limbo...Any advise on ways to cope while I wade through the medical proces would be greatly appreciated.