Ailments, Aches & Pains. (Let's hear them here)


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Amitryptiline also contains a muscle relaxant. I was prescribed it (a) for back pains, and then (b) for shingles. (I began to wonder if the doctor had shares in the manufacturer!) I was told to start with one (10mg) at night, and gradually increase this to FIVE. Well, I never got beyond two at a time. Not exactly nightmares, but the most peculiar and unsettling impressions in my sleep, and fit for nothing before 10 in the morning. If I'd taken five, I would have been like a zombie for a week at a time. I persevered (with two) for a few days, but eventually I thought, "Blow this for a game of soldiers" and finished with them. Lousy stuff.

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I have a number of friends who are on that stuff, Stephen. Their ailments range from arthritis to depression to just about anything in the medical book. I get the impression that GPs dispense them like sweeties.

 

I'm afraid I'm very suspicious of medication of any kind and, yes, I know it's easy for me to say that because I'm not on any, apart from a little self medication with shiraz or merlot of a weekend. When I see the vast amount of pills some people take, I do wonder what all those little capsules get up to when they get together! :mellow:

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The little beggars breed and cause untold chaos. I prefer my friend Jameson's to sort out my ailments, but occasionally I need paracetamol, especially first thing in a morning ! 

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Right on, Jill.  Sometimes I feel like there is a real effort to cull the older folks.  On the very rare occasions I have been to a dr. Here.  They ask what meds you are taking.  Then they react in a sort of amazed shock, when you say 'none.'  Next step is to prescribe some.  Maybe I'll really need a dr. one of these days, but not if I can help it.  I know some of them are decent caring folks, but some are not far removed from witch doctors.

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Regarding pills, my sis in law is 60, looks 80, smoked since 12, and still does, irregular meals, and mainly junk food, irregular sleep patterns. She only has a settled lifestyle when she stays with us. She'll have four roll ups and an hours coughing fit. Then uses her inhaler, 3 cups of tea laced with sugar, takes about 10 pills, then roll ups throughout the day. She spends most  of the rest of the day slumped over the bottom half of the kitchen door wretching and spluttering. 

There's a perfect example of a drain on the NHS........ Pass me the gun !

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Witnessed a bloke on Leybourne quite literally cough his guts up...he was a roll up man- filled a bin right in front of me during Nicholas Parsons...

Wouldn't have minded but we were half way thru' an ' Instant Sale'!!

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You obviously keep your throat well lubricated. That's the answer !

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Very funny that ! Jameson's has the same effect on me. My hearing deteriorates, and my argumentative powers diminish too. 

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I just get pissed.

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After about a week of mostly being indoors and decorating, I took a walk up to the pharmacy yesterday afternoon about 4:00pm to collect my repeat prescriptions.  Even though I knew it was colder and wore gloves and a hat etc, the cold came as a helluva shock. Then walked down to the shops for a couple of bits and was robbed of £20 by a faulty ATM. Went into the shop but was told they have no control over the machine. Poor dear who used it after me was robbed of £50.  Spent an hour on the phone trying to sort that out.

Then walked the half mile or so home and felt very unwell by the time I was back indoors.  Couldn't figure out what was up.

Hour or so later, feeling a bit better, walked out again with three neighbours to the local history society meeting.  Listened to an excellent talk then walked back up the village to the pub and was really struggling when we got there.  It finally dawned on me that this was angina, most likely brought on by the cold wind on my chest. And naturally, after years of never going any where without a GTN spray (And never needing one) I found myself without one.  Fortunately, in a local pub full of old Domino players etc., you don't have to ask around too much to track a GTN spray...

Two shots and a few minutes later I was fine again.

Worth a chat to the Doc though.

 

Col

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I expect your spray is out of date by now, Col.  Yes, you need to make a Dr's appointment - the weather is probably going to get colder!  None  of us is invincible...

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Sorry to read about your experience Col; thankfully there was help at the pub. As you say; you carried your spray around all that time and never needed it, the one time you didn't have it with you, it was needed. Chris has one, and as usual it is on the sideboard, instead of in his pocket. Hope you get a new one soon and hopefully remember to carry it with you. Take care.

 

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Paul has 3 sprays - one in his car, one in his tabletennis bag and one by our bed (!!) He tells me he's only used one of those - and that was probably indigestion he says.  Not going to tell you in which location the spray was....

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Tabletennis bag ?.........just a guess Margie  lol.

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