Arthritis and Yoga

Photo by Bryony Jade Throup

This may be old news for a lot of you. But this will also be news to many of you. I have suffered with arthritis on and off for most of my life. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) in my right knee when I was a child, but it disappeared after while.

When I was about 14/15 I started getting intense pain and swelling in my left knee, and after several tests, scans it was clear that it was JIA. I'm not 100% knowledgeable on the medical side of this, but from what I have gathered, the arthritis never went away. It was more that I wasn't suffering with it at the time. From what I remember, I had pain every now and again but never anything major, and I do remember going to regular appointments for check ups whilst growing up.

However, after my 18th birthday, it all changed. As I was no longer classed as a juvenile, it meant the problems I was having could no longer be classed as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. I was still having regular check ups with the Rheumatologist, but rather than being in the children's ward, I was in the adult ward (ooh, so grown up). I also wasn't really given a diagnosis as it hadn't progressed to Rheumatoid or Osteoporosis, but obviously is wan't JIA anymore so I've since been in this weird limbo zone...

Anyway, why I am talking about this?