At the moment. it's my back that gives me grief, but my hips and knees are fine. I suspect my hips and knees have fared better than those of others my age, because I avoided the idiocy of sport, but managed to suffer two back injuries thanks to owning dogs. I've had a further two back injuries from my back muscles not being up to what they could when I was more limber, but I'm told by old wives that when "You get a "back", you'll always have it." I'm not complaining. I can dose myself up with paracetamol and if I do that regularly, and am careful about how I move, the pain reduces, the injury will eventually heal and until the next time, I'll be relatively fine. It's a misery though, until the muscles heal and it seems so easy to damage them again. Hips and knees can be replaced and by all accounts, once you got new hips and knees, it's like you met Jesus and he performed a miracle to take the pain away forever, or at least until the replacement hips and knees wore out again. I know how a bad back makes it difficult to get out of bed or in and out of a car, when the painkiller is on its last legs, but I have no experience of the misery associated with other painful ailments and I'd love to get an insight into the sort of things you need to do to cope. Where I'm coming from in this, is that enable my residents to get the benefits they are entitled to, I get called on from time to time to help them complete claims forms and it's always in that bit of the form where the claimant is trying to describe why they need assistance, that their claims either get accepted or rejected. To put it in simple terms, whoever gets the claim form land on their desk, doesn't know the claimant from Adam and has to mark it much as an examiner marks an exam paper. If you have been through the misery of pain in old age and had to describe it to a worker trained by IDS in terms that made that worker think twice before rejecting the claim, how succinctly would you describe it, such that it made a DWP worker outraged enough that his or her former was to receive a knighthood and sign the petition that shows your disgust? Please note this is merely a test of your vocabulary skills and nothing about whatever prompted you to vote for more of this sort of misery. Maybe if you're still young enough to be unaware of what being old feels like, you could express what you think your mum or dad has to go through, using words that would make even IDS take stock?