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That cream is a cortico steroid, I think,  and will possibly only be on prescription?

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I remember when Drs Reid, Murray or Stillman from Boowul Main Street would come out to see us as kids and we had the likes of Chicken Pox or German Measles, or if Mum was worried about something.  We often ended up with bottles of stuff.  Sometimes red, sometimes green to take by the spoonful.  The green stuff was really nice.  I have no idea what the flavour was.. but it was delish..

 

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Remember the name Dr.Stillman,,,,,our Doctor for years was Dr Clarke,,corner of Arnold and Hucknall road........lovely chap.....liked a Fag................

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19 minutes ago, MargieH said:

That cream is a cortico steroid, I think,  and will possibly only be on prescription?

 

Excactly that Margie...................

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Not my ailment .. my aunty collapsed last week and became unconscious but our wonderful ambulance service got to us quickly. As she is 96 we panicked but they got her to hospital where she stayed for 5 days, today we are in Harrogate for the flower show only difference is she is in a wheelchair and happy to be here. You don't always get a happy ending when people are old but she's a stubborn old b....r and is going nowhere.

 

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Bit the bullet today and went to doctor as my leg is still a bit uncomfortable (nearly put went to doctor with my leg but that sounded wrong it sounded like I was accompanying it!) Nothing nasty lurking there (blood clot) he says it is muscle damage. Must say he found exactly where it was painful nearly hit the ceiling. I am wondering if it is a muscle tear as it seems to be going on for a while. I will give it another couple of days and then a possible visit to a physio could be looming to see what they say. Bit miffed about it as the wood we visit with my boys has all the bluebells out now, like a blue carpet apparently, and I have missed them as I am stuck in the house. Oh well, will have to think up a outrageous reason why I have done it to tell my great great (that is the right amount of greats, makes me feel about 100 especially when they come running up to me calling me great great aunt) neices when they come down next week with my great niece. I know a teacher who fell off her bike in the school holidays and when back at school told the kids she did it tackling a burgular. They were well impressed for a bit..

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Got up this morning and my leg seemed okay. One of my boys was being taken on the full walk we usually do but thought I would take the other one to the nearby park. Waited half an hour after the first one went out and then decided to try half the usual walk just to see if everything was okay (if it was no trip to physio). Did that, sat down on bench and felt okay so have done full walk, Wolf met his brother in the woods, lots of greeting and silliness, would think they hadn’t seen each other for days. The bluebells looked amazing, glad I did it. I am back home now and so far so good, no pain or ache as yet. Just have to wait to see what tomorrow will bring. However on the way back came across dog owners with 2 yappy snappy small dogs, one of which was muzzled. They seemed to think it was okay for their dogs to run up to my two big boys who were both on short leads barking aggressively and the muzzled one would have bitten if it could. It really annoys me, if my boys had reacted and bitten they could have been badly hurt. They didn’t know how my boys were going to react and got narky when we fended them off. Dog owners like that really p**s me off.

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As with humans, the little un's have got the most yap !

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Finally saw a Doc yesterday.  Skin itch no better.  Probably a bit worse.  I used no creams or owt yesterday so the Doc could see me in all my natural glory. He doubts anything like Scabies.  Sent me for bloods all of which are back already.  Nothing too remarkable.  Very slightly low Iron (probably the booze..  I'll go back on the B Vit supplements) and raised Bilirubin.  I always have that.. Gilbert's Syndrome I believe.  But nothing dramatic.. which is good.

 

Prescribed another cream.  'Dermocool', which is basically moisturiser with a bit of Menthol for 'cooling'.  Warnings all over about it being highly flammable.  Bleddy good job I don't smoke any more or I'd be liable to self- imolate.. 

 

Tried it last night and woke up worse than ever this morning.  Think i'll pass. Also suggested I get some Cinnarizine from pharmacy. 'Only a quid over the counter'. Nope  4 quid. Should've got that on prescription.  It's Stugeron under its proper name... another antihistamine.  Makes me feel rough and no effect on itching yet.  May pass on that too.

Have another appointment in two weeks but if it carries on like this I'll be back there a lot sooner.

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My back problem. I have been using a plaster to ease the pain in my back now for7 weeks and it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. However he has increased the dose to 10mg and today is the first day of a higher dose so was very careful and only had a sip of wine as I wasn't sure how I would react. On the way to the restaurant (anniversary lunch) it was all bends and hills and I felt a bit iffy but it soon passed but the plasters aren't supposed to kick in until after 3 days so lets hope,I have an appointment to see a neurosurgeon in 3 weeks so will see what the odds are.

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Fingers crossed for a positive outcome nonna. I've had back problems for at least two and a half years now, and the doctors just put it down to wear and tear. It severely affects my movement when gardening , and DIYing, and no two days are the same pain wise.

I just have to be careful when lifting things. I've tried every lotion, potion and cream available, but nothing is very effective I'm afraid.

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Col, I believe the raised bilirubin will make you skin itch... when I had 'infective hepatitis' when I was about 15, I remember feeling very itchy.  

Hope it will soon get sorted for you as it must be very annoying/upsetting/wearing having itchy skin all the time.

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Fly I've been told by drs and specialists that my back will never get better now its just a case of trying to control the pain. My problems started more than 30 yrs ago and its got worse scoliosis 5 hernias. The hernias got from lifting the mattress on mums bed as she kept telling me mice were in it. I'd had this tale for ages and it got the better of me. I got so mad I just got the mattress and heaved it to the floor. (my fault but there... )

 

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I've had intermittent problems with my back since 1962 ish when I was nursing.  In Orthopaedic hospitals in those days, there were no hoists so lifting a patient was just done by 2 people.  

It became particularly bad when I was in my early forties (even though I was no longer nursing) so I was sent for an X-ray, which showed very diminished disc space and considerable wear and tear.   Over the subsequent years it has been mostly OK apart from some acute phases, so I presume a couple of the vertebrae have actually fused together.   However,  my spine is now less flexible so I can no longer perform back flips or do a handstand and go over into crab!!   Not that I'd want to actually.... my days of doing such party tricks are over, I reckon!

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I've always had back trouble - getting the bugger of the mattress mainly.

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9 hours ago, MargieH said:

Col, I believe the raised bilirubin will make you skin itch... when I had 'infective hepatitis' when I was about 15, I remember feeling very itchy.  

Hope it will soon get sorted for you as it must be very annoying/upsetting/wearing having itchy skin all the time.

 

It's certainly wearing.  You can only spend so long trying to ignore it before it gets you and you find yourself scratching everywhere..Thing is Margie my Bilirubin is always raised.  I'm told I have Gilbert's Sydrome, which is harmless, but causes raised Biliwotsit.  I've only had this itch for a few weeks.  I still suspect the antibiotics and also being very stressed out before I went to Mexico.  Also my skin was very dry when I got home because I couldn't stop myself from swimming in the sea. Somehow I seem to have become 'hypersensitive'.  Even the plaster they used on my arm after getting my bloods done yesterday has created an issue. I usually get a bit of redness, but this time the skin is raised, and obviously not happy.

 

There are also two large elephants in the room.

1. I tend to be anxious and stressed.. which in itself could be enough. 

 

2. I like a drink and I'll freely admit to drinking well above the guidelines. This is also cited as a possible cause of the itch.. but then again now they've pretty much dealt with smoking.. the powers that be need  another 'enemy' to blame for all ills.. and it seems the booze is it. Thing is.. right now is not the ideal time to lay off the booze as it's probs all that's getting me any sleep!!!

 

Anyway, after waking this morning worse than ever and spending the day slapping different creams on different bits to try to see what works best, I decided to shower the lot off and just leave well (or not so well) alone for a couple of days. I've never liked putting greasy things on my skin at the best of times and maybe they're not helping. So.. it's a cool shower with minimum 'simple' gel and a pat dry.  We'll see how it goes till tomorrow.

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DJ I know how you feel over itching I have had it for years, I too have tried all sorts of creams etc , and nothing works for long. I have changed washing powders, softeners, soap shower gels type of materials I wear you name it, I have tried it. In the end I just cope with it , when it is at its worst I just use any type of lotion that cools and soothes the skin. I gave up with my GP on finding the cause and solution, I believe it is a side effect on the medications I take, as annoying as it is you do learn to cope with it. I hope you find relief soon, I try to look on the positive side of it , the itching is not in a sensitive part of my body so I don't have to continually scratch in that area.

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Col, I've just googled several sites on Gilbert's Syndrome....  there are definitely elephants in the room!

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9 hours ago, DJ360 said:

2. I like a drink and I'll freely admit to drinking well above the guidelines. This is also cited as a possible cause of the itch.. but then again now they've pretty much dealt with smoking.. the powers that be need  another 'enemy' to blame for all ills.. and it seems the booze is it. Thing is.. right now is not the ideal time to lay off the booze as it's probs all that's getting me any sleep!!!

 

I'm not a doctor so this may be total cobblers but the above statement would worry me if I were.

 

Like most here I had never heard of GS and looked it up. I suspect you know far more than I but to me it seems the elephant you are ignoring (or excusing)  is booze. When you start to say you need it because 'XYZ' then I begin to wonder about dependency. The first thing someone who has an alcohol problem is to deny it and give, what is to them a good excuse, for the amount they drink.

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You say your drinking is WELL above the guidelines so I have no doubt it will help you sleep but let's face it - you shouldn't need it.

 

Like me with smoking, it was never the right time to quit, there was always a good reason to delay...

 

This may be rubbish but stopping the drinking looks to be the only thing you've not tried. Maybe it's worth giving it a go for a while

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I've not taken a drop of alcohol since January when I had a serious attack of gout which lasted for three weeks. Maybe caused by festive overindulgence! I don't feel any worse or any better for not drinking. It proves that I'm not addicted to it. It's saved a couple of trips to the bottle bank though and hopefully I won't suffer the excruciating gout pain again.

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1 hour ago, Brew said:

 

I'm not a doctor so this may be total cobblers but the above statement would worry me if I were.

 

Like most here I had never heard of GS and looked it up. I suspect you know far more than I but to me it seems the elephant you are ignoring (or excusing)  is booze. When you start to say you need it because 'XYZ' then I begin to wonder about dependency. The first thing someone who has an alcohol problem is to deny it and give, what is to them a good excuse, for the amount they drink.

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You say your drinking is WELL above the guidelines so I have no doubt it will help you sleep but let's face it - you shouldn't need it.

 

Like me with smoking, it was never the right time to quit, there was always a good reason to delay...

 

This may be rubbish but stopping the drinking looks to be the only thing you've not tried. Maybe it's worth giving it a go for a while

It's part of the master plan Brew.  I may be rather too flippant about the booze, but overall I do think about my habits and I have been overall reducing consumption for some time. Also there's a difference between 'need it'  and 'like it'. I have no trouble in staying off the booze for days on end when required, but would happily see off a bottle of wine every evening if I thought I could get away with it unscathed, which I probably can't. Three times in the last month or so for e.g., when on Metronidazole I've just quit for a week or so.. I don't get withdrawal symptoms.  My drinking is above the official guidelines, but is also in a very common range for many people.  I have Liver Function and other blood tests at least annually, because I'm on lifelong meds..and have never had concerns raised.  Also, I am not, and have never been, jaundiced. Maybe if I expressed it this way.  I don't normally drink everyday and I usually take monday and or Tuesday/Weds off.  Also we frequently visit very good friends, one of whom is an alcoholic, so I don't tend to drink in his presence even if offered.

I have a plan.  I'm having a couple of days off the numerous moisturisers I've been trying, but have decided to put up with the slightly unpleasant effects of Cinnarizine. ( Anti histamine) for a few days.  If  this helps I'll have learned something.  Also in my plan is laying off the booze for a few days to see if that helps. 

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55 minutes ago, DJ360 said:

I have a plan.  I'm having a couple of days off the numerous moisturisers I've been trying, but have decided to put up with the slightly unpleasant effects of Cinnarizine. ( Anti histamine) for a few days.  If  this helps I'll have learned something.  Also in my plan is laying off the booze for a few days to see if that helps. 

 

Pleased it's all under control Col, you had me a bit concerned there for a moment. Hope you soon suss it out...

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I used to enjoy a drink afternoons in the garden or while watching TV but since losing Alan it has no appeal. Maybe thinking  that drinking on your own could be a slippery road, my tipple is and always has been 'Mothers Ruin'. Am I being silly who knows.

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