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

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Visit went much as anticipated, but I like my old doc.  He is at least open to discuss natural BP remedies, that's a lot better than some who are really close minded.

I looked up consumer reports online the other night.  There were some horrendous stories on there.  Seems like ALL BP meds have some side effects  (my doc didn't disagree)  Some effect some folks more than others.  It's a gamble, but you don't want to risk another stroke or heart attack

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Dave. ALL meds have  potential side effects. A good Doc should be weighing up the benefits, v the potential damage of any med.  To be fair. the cocktail of stuff I take daily for my ticker produces virtually no discernible side effects.

 

On the other hand, I'm pretty convinced that anti biotics are responsible for this constant skin itching I'm experiencing.  Then again.. without them, I'd have had a potentially very dangerous infection.

 

You can't win..

 

However... Exercise and good diet can reduce BP and also cholesterol levels. That's where I'd be starting.. under advice from my Doc.  About a decade ago, I reduced my Cholesterol from 5.2 to 3.7 simply by exercise and diet.  I've never really had raised BP, but my good friend and neighbour, who is a self confessed hater of exercise, has finally started taking short power walks, which have reduced his BP quite effectively.

 

Hope it all improves soon.

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Yes, the walks are a good idea.  Only problem for me is that I'm not walking too well due to a weak right leg and foot.  The physiotherapist is working on that but I think it will be a while before I regain full use.  If I ever do.

I used to walk my dog a couple of miles every day.  Can't do it just now.

Still work in my yard.  Use the push mower instead of the tractor.  Tend to tire a lot quicker than I used to.  I'll get there.  I've always been a plodder and I don't give up easily.

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I did my usual 4/5 mile walk with boys on Wednesday felt fine after legs have stopped aching so much as I have got used to doing it, wait for it, but when I woke up on Thursday I was in agony thought it was just cramp in my right calf. The pain eased and left me with a “dull” ache in the muscle. Carried on as usual and then decided to walk down to shops (about 5 minutes away) to see if that would help ease it. Not too bad at first but then started getting a sharp stabbing pain every so often. Limped back and decided to rest the leg for the rest of the day. Got up Friday and it was still quite painful so didn’t do much just rested it, seemed a bit better on Saturday so walked boys down to pub which isn’t far away. On the way back a small dog suddenly appeared at a gate we were passing, hurling itself at the gate barking furiously, my boys immediately reacted and went to gate. I wasnt expecting it to happen and Kai caught the back of my legs as he was turning and I ended up on the ground with my knee hitting the pavement just before my hand. Of course it was the knee of the leg I was having trouble with (sod’s law). Limped back (again) with pain in calf and a bruised knee with a lump on it. It had eased a bit yesterday (knee is a bit purple) so took Kai to park while my friend took Wolf for a walk. Back to dull ache in calf again today so will probably do a “rest” day today. I was going to finish off washing the blinds in my conservatory while the weather is so good but the way things are going have decided against it as I have to use my 2 step stool, nit tempting fate! Hope everyone else has had a good Easter and enjoyed the good weather, after all this could be our summer:tanning:

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SG, is your calf swollen, maybe a bit  red and still tender?  I really think you should phone 111 to ask for advice .....  (easy to do and can't do any harm). Let us know how you get on x

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It hasnt been swollen or red at all and is just a slight dull ache now. I think it could have been either a strain, slight muscle tear or just the cramp was extreme. If it hasn’t gone in next couple of days I will ring but it seems to be easing now even after I have walked on it for a while. Just annoying to miss all the nice weather we have had as rain is forecast for this week when it breaks.

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I sometimes wake up to the same thing, SG. Tendons in my lower legs and feet have suffered damage due to the years of ballet training when I was younger. Often I wake in the night with toe curling, literally, spasms and the pain can be awful. A bad one will leave soreness or a dull ache for a couple of days.

 

See how it goes. It will probably fade.

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Sounds a bit like what I am suffering with at the moment. The fall didn’t help, think that tweaked it a bit as well. It is definitely feeling better than it did, I can walk without hobbling now so hopefully in the next couple of days it will have gone.

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SG don't faff around go to have it an X-ray or something.(wrote that 4 times and it kept coming up with prayed ) On holiday a few years ago with my nephews we were crossing the road. The crossing was a bit awkward being at an angle and near to oncoming traffic. Although the view of the road was clear my nephews were being a bit slow so I turned round suddenly and heard my knee crack and had such a pain shoot up my leg. Managed to hobble back to hotel and over next few days it eased. After quite a few weeks it started hurting again and the short story was that I had torn the meniscus (spelling) and eventually finished up in hospital and being operated on much to my surprise. So be very careful SG. don't wait too long

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And tek yer camera with you this time,we want evidence

 

Rog

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Nonna, the injury to your knee is one which often used to be suffered by footballers - possibly still is?.   The torn cartilage  in footballers is caused by standing on one foot then twisting round to kick the ball with the other foot.  

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Sounds about right Margie but the ball missed the goal:laughing:

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Had a torn meniscus removed about 30 years ago.  I think they're a bit more sophisticated with the surgery than they were then....

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Col, you're probably  right.  When I worked at Harlow Wood, the meniscectomy patients were in hospital for quite a while 

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With me it depended which of two surgeons you got....

One was called Strack.  His method was to remove the cartilage, have the poor victim bed bound for three weeks then they walked out.

 

Can't remember my surgeons name but I was in for a week.  Then had a Robert Jones bandage on for about three weeks, then a few weeks of physio. When the Robert Jones bandage was taken off, my knee was completely locked in the straight position.  Took a bit of bending..and that hurt!!

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10 hours ago, DJ360 said:

Had a torn meniscus removed about 30 years ago.  I think they're a bit more sophisticated with the surgery than they were then....

 

Had keyhole surgery, the surgeon just cleaned the little bits up. Day Hospital, crutches and physio and lots of TLC.:rolleyes:

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Despite trying moisturisers and assorted other creams.. and also taking a mild anti-histamine ( Loratadine) daily... the itch continues.  In the worst areas the itches are sudden. almost like electric shocks, or wasp bites, but there's little or nothing much to see. While some areas are worse than others, especially legs and forearms.. if I touch practically any area on my body it will react sensitively and start to itch.  same in the shower, even with the pressure and temp down low.. the water hitting the skin is enough to set off a reaction.

I made a doc's appt. about a week or so back but it isn't until 6th April and after today I decided I really can't wait that long, so called them and got an appt. for Monday next. Can't stand much more of this.

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Just a thought has Mrs DJ changed her wash powder? I used some youths posh shower gel at 5 a side, more like industrial cleaner, brought me out in a rash! Back to the Fairy Liquid for me.

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Col, perhaps it's shingles?  That can sometimes present as an itch but also it can be very painful.  However, that is usually round the ribs or sometimes in the face, so I suppose it's unlikely to be that..

hope your doctor will be able to work out what's wrong... it must be horrible for you x

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We had similar RR, used a different detergent and it started my dermatitis off again, not had a flare up for years prior

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Col i feel for you,,my itching started before Xmas,, Arms and Legs,,much worse at night,,had to resort to 'Sleeping tablets',,,since it began have visited the Doctor 4 times,,they Prescribed Anti-Histas and a different cream each time......its only just started to recede,,,due i think to the latest cream,,,of which i can't recall the name......(cream upstairs)     i'll look later and give you the name,,,,

 

Edit  Betamethasone Valerate''    its worked for me,,,and could save you weeks of trying others.......good luck...........

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Don't think it's shingles Margie. I've had that and this is very different.  More like what Ben is describing. No rash to speak of.  We haven't changed detergents. My money is still on the antibiotics..There's quite a bit of chatter on the internet about lasting effects from antibiotics.. especially Clarithromycin.  But will just have to wait and see what the Doc says.

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Thats right Col,, no Rash.........and the more you Scratch the more it bleddy 'Itches'..........must be sumat we picked up on Bestwood estate in the 50s,,,,,,,,lol

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That'll be 'Commonasmuckitis'..  No cure...

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Funny enough as a School boy in the 50s........don't really remember having any 'Illness''........apart from me Dads favourite word for being 'Badly'' he'd say he felt a bit 'Billious'..........don't hear that nowadays.............

                           My Grandads cure for everything was TCP in one form or another..............Gargled it,,Rubbed it on cuts and bruises,,sprayed it on most things,,even sucked the Tablets;like a sweet,,,he lived on Saxondale drive and i'm sure i could smell it from ''Marble Arch''............(not the one in London)

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