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

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Love this getting older, Col!     NOT

 

I had a cataract op about 18 years ago and it was so easy - no pain or discomfort during or after the procedure.  Never heard of pigmentary dispersion but looked it up (as I'm sure you have, too) and it says that it doesn't always lead to glaucoma.  Even if it does, it'll just mean daily drops in your eye (my brother has it)

 

Hope you're keeping on top of all your other ailments x

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Was told yet again at the docs today , that my backache is due to wear and tear, and have to endure more physiotherapy. Urine sample ok, but must drink more water......... What !  

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41 minutes ago, MargieH said:

Love this getting older, Col!     NOT

 

I had a cataract op about 18 years ago and it was so easy - no pain or discomfort during or after the procedure.  Never heard of pigmentary dispersion but looked it up (as I'm sure you have, too) and it says that it doesn't always lead to glaucoma.  Even if it does, it'll just mean daily drops in your eye (my brother has it)

 

Hope you're keeping on top of all your other ailments x

Apart from daily eye drops Glaucoma meant laser surgery to make small holes in the eyes to relieve ocular pressure build up, had mine three years ago. Not nice at all, you'll be fine Margie !

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My brother's glaucoma hasn't need any of that to relieve the pressure - just drops - I hope that will be the case If my problem does lead to glaucoma.... .. whatever, as you say, I'll be fine!

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23 minutes ago, FLY2 said:

Was told yet again at the docs today , that my backache is due to wear and tear, and have to endure more physiotherapy. Urine sample ok, but must drink more water......... What !  

 

That's so that you keep active running to the bogg.  Good for your back.  :)    I shoulda been a doctor.

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19 minutes ago, FLY2 said:

Was told yet again at the docs today , that my backache is due to wear and tear, and have to endure more physiotherapy. Urine sample ok, but must drink more water......... What !  

 

Will you conscientiously do the recommended back exercises every day at home, FLY?  They will really help as well as 'clinic'  physiotherapy.  

 Urine sample?  Was the backache a suspected kidney problem?   I think drinking  water is good, whatever!

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Exactly LL. He told me nothing I didn't already know. Goodness me, at 73, I ain't done too badly.

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I had the therapy a couple of years ago Margie, but I gave up the exercises after a few weeks. Yes, I must do more this time.

I definitely don't drink enough water, but too much coffee. Although slightly strong, it proved normal. My sample, not the coffee !

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54 minutes ago, FLY2 said:

Was told yet again at the docs today , that my backache is due to wear and tear, and have to endure more physiotherapy. Urine sample ok, but must drink more water......... What !  

 

I agree Fly. Apparently it helps the vertebrae. ( sorry think Ive spelt it wrong spell checker only comes up in Italian. )I have that problem , I don't drink enough and always carry a bottle of water with me. I also have a fitness tracker that I set every hour to remind me to drink. The problem is when it vibrates and I'm busy I don't always feel it. But it is useful.

Just a thought ...when I have a TC scan (8march) I have to drink  a mix of 1/2 lt for the contrast. On an empty stomach. The worst case is when I have an ecograph scan I have to drink a litre of water before I leave for the hospital, 1/2 hr away then I cant go to the bathroom until the scan is finished.I'm afraid sometimes I just can't drink it but then they tell me that I've not drunk enough. 

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Fourth week on my new meds, think things are a bit better although still getting some thumping heartbeats, occasionally feel hot but have noticed this week that I am continually hungry at moment. Not noticed any weight gain yet which is a bit disappointing but perhaps it is too soon yet. Got a blood test on Monday, fasting one so chloresteral(?) can be checked as well, got my book club after appointment so will have to nip to cafe and get some toast before I go there. Phone appointment week after for results to see what is happening. Just hope they are starting to work now.

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I too have a blood test Monday. I can have breakfast though as they are looking for at markers. TC scan on Friday which means Wednesday no bread, pasta, milk, veg or fruit for 2 days. visit oncological following Friday. getting a bit agitated.

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These meds are iffy.  I've been on two types of BP meds for about ten weeks now.  Sometimes I feel hot in one arm varous joint aches.  Generally I do not feel as good as I felt after the stroke.  Daren't cut back though.  They are keeping the BP and heart rate down.  The risk of another stroke is high without them.  So I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place.  Back to the docs in a couple of weeks will see what the options are then.

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I think you need to get that sorted Loppy.  I've had a few different beta blockers over the years (Mostly Propanolol and now Bisoprolol) and also different statins... ( Simvastatin and now Atorvasttin)  Was also prescribed an ACE inhibitor (Lisinopril) which didn't agree with me and was replaced with an A2 inhibitor (Valsartan) which was OK until it became unavailable and now on another (Losartan)

 

All above said I don't have high BP.  Sometimes a bit low.  I have had 2 small strokes and one heart attack.  Now have one completely blocked right ventricular artery and some left ventricular failure, but am generally well enough.  Marathons and 100m sprints are out though..:laugh:

 

Please keep talking to your Doc and get the meds right.

 

On the positive side I had my root canal work done yesterday on the tooth that caused the abscess. It all went smoothly and painlessly.  But then I should hope so for £350!!  Didn't even have too much lasting numbness after the anaesthetic. Dentists said to leave it as is until after my Mexico trip then get it re-crowned.

 

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Actually using a couple you mentioned there Col.  Bisoprolol  and Ibersartan.  Tried Lisinopril some years ago when my BP issue first showed.  it didn't agree with me at all.  Made me dizzy and depressed. So I dropped all synthetic meds and tried to keep on top of it via diet   Didn't give it much more thought until the latest crisis.  So, as you say I'll keep co-operating with the doc in hopes we can get this thing balanced.

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Had my blood test this morning. Worst one I have ever had. I had to fast so chloresteral(?) could be checked, nurse said she couldn’t do it as the blood test bag thingy was for the hospital and she couldn’t add anything on it and the result would not be sent to doctors anyway. Not sure that is right, I had presumed doctor would be doing separate one but obviously not. Then she stuck the needle in, think it must have been for elephants as it was quite painful. Done and dusted with bit of cotton wool stuck to my arm I went to my book club. There for a bit and my arm felt funny, had a look and it was bleeding. I don’t do blood, usually end up flat out on the floor, but was very brave and stuck the cotton wool down again. Luckily it stopped. Not looking to my next one in 6 weeks:Shock:

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Had mine too this morning. Don't have problems with my right arm but the left is a devil. They can never find the vein and end up  looking at my hand , wrist and even my legs. Nurse tried left arm this morning with no luck so she took blood from right arm (5 phials) .Cotton wool on and pressed down , put my coat back on and went home , jacket off and was taking the cotton wool and tape off when I saw it had been bleeding a lot. Washed it and pressed down again , it stopped. Now Friday I have my TC scan with contrast and they won't use right arm again so I can " look forward " to being holed to death looking for a suitable vein. 

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A few years ago I had a painful shoulder. The dr asked me to have a blood test. The pain was in my left shoulder and they took the sample from my right arm. Now I'm not stupid but         no I can't tell you,         Oh go on then I will.       I said to the nurse " I can't understand why the sample is being taken from my right arm when the pain is in my left shoulder"  As I realised what I'd said , she looked at me and said. "blood does circulate you know"  I felt sooo stupid. I don't know why I said it.

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I don't think it's stupid Nonna.  Sure blood circulates, but to me common sense says if you take from the area closest to the pain it might be more likely to show something.  Then, again  what  do I know?  I'm just a thick dog nut.  ;)

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I sympathise, SG and others. Blood tests are a minefield and very much depend on the skill of the person doing them. I much prefer to have mine done at the hospital blood room as that is all they do all day and the operatives can do it without pain.  On one occasion, at the GP, there was a medical student and the phlebotomist asked if he could do my test. I know they have to learn but I refused. Like nonna, my veins tend to hide and I couldn't face the thought of someone inexperienced poking around and possibly making a hash of it.

 

Now that my TSH is stable, I only need to be tested once a year. :rolleyes:

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Jill my blood tests are every 3 months. Depending on what follows them they are taken at the hospital ( priority) or the local drs surgery where the nurse is taking blood all day and I.am still priority. I have had blood taken every 3 months since 2009. Thats why they don't like too many samples taken from the same arm as the vein can harden making it a bit dangerous and difficult to get blood. My neice works in the dept where I go for the CT scan and if she can't insert the canula she warns the other nurses to be careful. Its traumatic every time the canula won't budge. But all worries apart its in a way saving my life. Lets see on Friday and the Friday after that what the results are

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Hope it al goes well for you Nonna.

I had blood tests every couple of months in the 1970s because I worked in a Lead Refinery, although I was always at pains to point out to them that the Lead was the least of our problems as we were 'refining out' much more toxic metals such as Copper, Arsenic, Antimony, Bismuth, Tellurium etc.  But I digress.. I learned to offer different arms alternately.

These days I have my bloods done around every six months and go to the local hospital.  They are very well geared up for it and I'm usually in and out in under 30 minutes.  I'm often told I have 'good' veins, by which I think they mean ones which are easy to find and puncture. Still try to vary the arm though.

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A repeat of DJ's good wishes for you nonna, from me x

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30 Mins DJ that's too long . I am in and out in under 10. :) Thats because I have the right to go before any other patient. I get embarrassed when I go in front but then they hear its day hospital and they tell me you must go before me. Hang my head when I go out because I get daggers thrown at me.I had an argument one day with a woman who insisted I should take a ticket and wait like everyone else. I told her I would rather do that than have what I've already been through. She kept quiet.

 Its an appointment system , Appointments first but day hospital patients can interrupt and then theres the zero wait for those who can wait for a test. It works but they are always packed.

Thankyou by the way I forgot my manners

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5 hours ago, DJ360 said:

I worked in a Lead Refinery,

Would that be enthovens at matlock, swadlincote lead works or the dreaded 'cappa pass ' near Hull?

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