Hi, @ssbionicknee – I agree with @mschock that it seems prudent to be looking into all your options, like disability, with the osteoarthritis and pain you are experiencing, and your physically demanding job. Listening to your body is really smart, and it sounds like you are doing just that.
I'd like to introduce you to some others who have talked about disability or who have some knowledge in this area, like @hopeful33250@elizabej@johnbishop@jeancary@kdo0827. Hoping they will have some insights to share on how to know at what point a health issue becomes a disability and how to know when it is time to make the decision to go that direction.
@ssbionicknee – what does your doctor say about whether going on disability might be appropriate at this time?