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Hi everyone, I’m hoping for someone to share their experiences. I have arthritis in multiple joints....both hands wrists and shoulders, both hips, my neck and several vertebrae....especially S1 at my sacrum. I have had one big toe fused but this didn’t reduce the pain by much so I’m wary of going the operation route if I can help it. I know pain medication doesn’t help for long, and you are just left with the side effects....however I have found amitriptyline makes it more bearable. What I’m asking really is whether anyone has found exercise helpful in managing their pain? Things have been getting worse recently as my back pain leads to pelvic pain (like sitting on the sharp end of a knife blade) and I’m getting bowel and bladder problems as well as difficulty walking. I work using a computer all day, and thepains in my hand and arm at the end of the day makes me feel a bit tearful, but I want to keep my job and enjoy my life as best I can. Can anyone help?