I’ve been diagnosed has having rsi for nearly two years

Question: Sorry to ask a totally different question, to all that has been on the list lately. But could someone please answer my question, I’ve been diagnosed has having rsi for nearly two years. My question is, I am having severe problems with my knees and ankles feet. Is this related to RSI? It has become so painful to walk anywhere, but this has become increasingly worse, since i had to stop taking my pain killers and anti-inflammatories. Could someone please throw a little light on this for me? I’m only 29 yrs old.

Answer: I’m so glad you’ve asked that question. I’ve had RSI for a long time now and as far as I can tell it is spreading to other areas. I don’t know if its RSI or postural problems due to lack of activity (I can hardly believe that because I walk my dog twice a day for at least an hour in the morning and afternoon and have always walked a great deal). Like you I am becoming increasingly aware of severe pain in my right hip and ankles, lower back etc.

This has become so bad that I have to just stand first thing in the morning before I can start to move because my ankles don’t want to flex (I’m only 35 and don’t think I should be feeling like this at my age.I actually summoned up the courage to ask my doctor about this the other day (he’s not a great believer in RSI in the first place), he just said I had “policeman’s feet” that because I do walk I’m more likely to get inflammation problems.

He suggested that I either rub believe on my heels, if that didn’t work take ibuprofen and if that didn’t work to have a cortisone injection and we all know what that does.This information was only dragged out of him with persistence. His general response was that it was nothing to panic about. (ha ha).My RSI started when I was 25 and although I have sort of coped with it it is a complete pain in the bum (and other areas) and the thought of getting other irritating problems which don’t respond to painkillers is a bit tedious.

The one thing that has helped when I do them consistently is a series of stretches and exercises that were given to me on the Input Pain Management Course at St Thomas’s in London.With these stretches, unlike normal exercise, you are supposed to stop the stretch as soon as you feel a pull in the various structures and if you can keep up the programme regularly (ideally every day) they do make the body a bit more flexible, a bit less tense and therefore a bit less painful.

You might have been on this or a similar programme (there are far more of them about than when I first developed the problem) but if not I would be happy to share the information I got from them with you.It would be great if someone could shed some light on this subject. It is, in fact why I joined this email group but I hadn’t got round to asking the question.

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