All you need to know about living with arthritis in Cornwall

COVID-19 AND MENTAL HEALTH 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is affecting all our lives. Things are changing fast, and many of us are worrying about what it all means for ourselves and for our loved ones. Those of us already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too
 
Here you’ll find reliable information and tips to help you cope during this time. 
 

COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS

COVID-19 IN CORNWALL:

Cornwall Council provide useful local Covid-19 information on:

How to get a Covid-19 test

Financial help available

Health & wellbeing

Local Covid-19 data (e.g. numbers of cases)

Local outbreak plan

See https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-cornwall/information-about-coronavirus-covid-19/

 

 

Advice from NHS for people who have had COVID-19

 

Your COVID recovery is now live: https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/ . This is a new NHS website proving health advice, guidance and links to support for people who have ongoing symptoms and health needs after having COVID-19. THere are specific sections about fatigue and musculoskeletal, shoulder and back pain

 

 

USEFUL LINKS: 

Exercises you can do at home for arthritis, back pain, knee pain and chronic pain

The NHS has produced a number of videos for pilates inspired exercises aimed at people with arthritis, chronic back pain, knee pain or chronic pain. Well worth checking out:

Back pain: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/chronic-back-pain-pilates-exercise-video/

Arthritis:   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/arthritis-pilates-exercise-video/

Knee pain: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/knee-problems-pilates-exercise-video/

Chronic pain: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/ms-and-fibromyalgia-pilates-exercise-video/

 

 

 

 

A message from the Rheumatology Department at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (updated 17 September 2020): 

 

” We are aware that a lot of you have had concerns and have been ringing the advice line with questions about your risk because of certain conditions and various medications, and whether this increases your risk during the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

The following site https://www.versusarthritis.org/covid-19-updates/covid-19-assessing-your-risk/ may help you to understand your individual risk and depending on what group you fall in to, what guidance you should be following from the government.

 

If you are still unsure or have any questions about any of the medications on the list or the condition we see you about in the Rheumatology Department, please contact the Rheumatology Advice Line on 01872 246861. This is normally open 9-11am Monday to Friday, however, we are doing our best to answer it outside of these times during the outbreak.”

 

 

Information for about Covid-19 for rheumatology patients at Derriford Hospital can be found at https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/rheumatology-patient-information

The Plymouth  Rheumatology Nurses Advice Line Number:  01752 439688 This is a voicemail service. Please leave your name, your date of birth or hospital number, a contact number where we can reach you during office hours and a short message with your clinical query, or email plh-tr.rheumatologypatientsadvice@nhs.net
A member of the clinical team will return your call within one or two working days. These numbers are for existing Rheumatology patients only and should not be used for queries about appointments, for this please refer to your last appointments letter.

 

 

Shielding:

 

Some people with certain health conditions who are clinically very vulnerable to Covid are advised to take measures to protect themselves wherever they live to, to prevent them getting the virus.

 

For the latest advice and guidance go to:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

 

National guidance   

 

The government site provides advice on all aspects of Covid-19 including latest guidance

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

 

 

Delayed physiotherapy or surgery

If your physiotherapy or surgery for your arthritis has been delayed there are things you can do for yourself whilst waiting for treatment.  If you have chronic pain in your knees and / or hips because of osteoarthritis, then the ESCAPE Pain programme can help. It is available online https://escape-pain.org/ESCAPE-pain-Online or via an App  https://escape-pain.org/support-tools/escape-pain-app

You can find information on how to manage your condition here https://www.cornwallarthritis.org.uk/self-management/

Arthritis Action UK have produced a set of videos which talk you through the principles of self management which you may find useful: https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/onlinesme

You can find some tips on pain management here https://www.cornwallarthritis.org.uk/managing-pain/

More information about managing pain at home, including useful exercises can be found here https://www.csp.org.uk/conditions/managing-pain-home

 

Work during Covid-19 

Many people are working from home at the moment. Public Health England have provided some tips on how to avoid getting aches and pains when working from home: PHE WFH advice

Cornwall Healthy Workplace has a very useful set of resources related to Coronovirus and workplace health which you may find helpful:

https://www.healthycornwall.org.uk/organisations/healthy-workplace/resources/coronavirus-resources/

 

 

Versus Arthritis has a list of sources of up to date information on Covid-19

 

https://www.versusarthritis.org/news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19-what-is-it-and-where-to-go-for-information/

 

FAQs about arthritis and Covid-19

 

https://www.versusarthritis.org/covid-19-updates/arthritis-and-covid-19-your-questions-answered/

 

NRAS has information on Covid-19 for people with rheumatoid arthritis

 

https://www.nras.org.uk/coronavirus

 

This is YOUR website and along with any feedback we would welcome news items, suggestions for content and any other information you think might be useful. TOGETHER we can build a useful resource for the people of Cornwall with an interest in arthritis and related conditions. Please message us using the “Contact Us” page.

 

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