Charmaine Reynolds – shares her story for World Arthritis Day
“My name is Charmaine Reynolds, I’m 39 years old and have had Psoriatic Arthritis for 17 years. The arthritis affects my wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet.
Initially, in my early twenties, I had pain and swelling in my knees and ankles. But it wasn’t until I was 30 and after the birth of my second child that I was diagnosed; by that time my knees had deformed and I needed bilateral knee replacements.
Arthritis is a part of my life everyday but it doesn’t stop me from living my life. I’m in a moon boot indefinitely due to non-union of my ankle fusion (a complication of recently diagnosed osteoporosis) and I’ve just had a wrist fusion in June and four tendons repaired after they ruptured. I love to sew and it’s great to be able to do it again!
In previous years I’ve had many complications with my right hip, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong, but both hips are perfect now.
After many, many years of pain and complications I’m in a really good place now with pain and inflammation under control with the correct treatments.
Support from fellow arthritis sufferers is what helps me with my arthritis; mental health is so important. I attend the Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW Macarthur Support Group which I love, the speakers are always so knowledgeable and relevant and the members are so supportive, we’re more like family.”