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

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Thankyou for your confidence Brew

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Just an update on my 'itch'.

 

 Still itchy but much less intense than it was and for the first time in weeks I didn't actually wake up itching.  Last night I had a 15 minute soak in a 'colloidal Oatmeal bath' and it worked wonders. Definitely not a cure, but a huge help in calming my skin.  There's quite a lot about it online and people like Aveeno charge loads for it  and  do various lotions with oatmeal.  I just wanted to try the oatmeal alone.  Aveeno charge about £12 for 8 small sachets and I couldn't find a local supplier anyway.  So I made my own.

Basically it's just oat flour and 'colloidal' just means a suspension of very fine particles which don't just settle out. I put a cupful of ordinary rolled oats (85p a for 500 grams from co-op) into the blender and whizzed them.  Took about ten minutes of blending to get them really fine, but it worked.

 

Just mixed them up in a bathful of lukewarm water and had a soak. Magic!!  There were still a few larger bits some of which stuck to me so I had to have a very brief shower off, which probably isn't the idea.  One website recommends putting them in a muslin bag if you can't get them completely down to flour size and Mrs Col says she has some muslin somewhere.  But, I've made a load more today and seived it before putting in an airtight container, so I'll try that tonight.

 

Progress.

 

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I had an eczema rash on my right ankle for about 4 weeks and it was driving me mad especially at night. I tried E45 cream to no avail. I was recommended Eumovate cream which I got from the pharmacist at Boots. It appeared to work right from the first application on Tuesday; the rash is disappearing and there's no itchiness. It is available on prescription but you can buy it over the counter if you can prove you're of sound mind!

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Every time I read Ailments Aches & Pains I start scratching back of my ear with my foot :crazy:  

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Here you go!!  :)

 

 

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Col, having a bath in porridge sounds lovely.... must try it.    Lol

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I thought you could just eat it.... no, why did I say that?   Yuk..

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6 hours ago, radfordred said:

Every time I read Ailments Aches & Pains I start scratching back of my ear with my foot :crazy:  

 

You must be feeling a bit woof then..

 

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Went to see the neurosurgeon yesterday and it wasn't really good news. He said there were too many things wrong with my spine that it was difficult to concentrate on treating one. In short my back is a disaster. An operation wouldn't do any good for the whole of my spine but all is not lost as he suggested to treat the vertebrae that are touching and causing the pain. Its up to me whether I want to do this operation or not. Anyway I have been put on his waiting list and maybe in 2/3 months I will be called.

I wasn't very happy in fact I was upset but today we've been discussing it and I think it's the best thing to do. 

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Nonna, I am so sorry  that your diagnosis is not good but from reading your posts you have a lovely husband and family who will take care of you and keep your spirits up. Take care of yourself and when I mentioned spirits ' a G&T comes to mind' . Gem

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1 hour ago, nonnaB said:

In short my back is a disaster.

 

That's not good nonna but all is not lost. A friend of mine had two vertebrae surgically fused together. Not an ideal solution (restricted his bending and he had to retire), to be honest but it stopped the pain and made his life bearable again.  Only you can make the decision which way to  go but I wish the best for you.

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1 hour ago, Gem said:

Nonna, I am so sorry  that your diagnosis is not good but from reading your posts you have a lovely husband and family who will take care of you and keep your spirits up. Take care of yourself and when I mentioned spirits ' a G&T comes to mind' . Gem

 

Thankyou for your comments Gem. This op is being done in Turin, 50 km from us and not an easy place to reach. My husband will be staying with me, and he's told my son and daughter that they have to close their restaurants for a week so that he can stay with me and my daughter can look after the dogs. They've both said " no problem". Neither of them have staff qualified to take over.

G&T sounds great but at the moment can't drink alcohol because of this medicated patch. Trying to go without it slowly. If I still hurt with wearing it what's the point of wearing it when the pain is the same.

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54 minutes ago, Brew said:

 

That's not good nonna but all is not lost. A friend of mine had two vertebrae surgically fused together. Not an ideal solution (restricted his bending and he had to retire), to be honest but it stopped the pain and made his life bearable again.  Only you can make the decision which way to  go but I wish the best for you.

Brew I don't want the vertebrae fused I know this will restrict my bending but we have 4 little dogs so it's out of the question. Apparently the op isn't quite so invasive as it appears. The "work " is carried out through a small incision at the side.

Theres another type of therapy I can do for the rest of my back.  It's called ozone therapy.

In Italian " Ossigeno ozonoterapia"  Don't know in English and never heard of it. A friend of my daughters told her about it. He's a nurse in Florence and works with oncology patients who have this problem.

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Just a short post to say I'm having a break. Just posted reply to Commo and mentioned " cold turkey"  which is what I'm doing at the moment. In short I have given up on my patch medication and I'm having withdrawal symptoms. Nothing serious but uncomfortable. I have the same symptoms as the patch produces at the beginning but lots worse. I constantly have nausea and other s that are hard to control. Dr agrees that as I have to have an op it's better I stop now. I have drops to control nausea until Monday when I go to dr again.

 I'll be back maybe sooner than you think...."oh what a shame I hear you say" :rolleyes:

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3 hours ago, West Bridgfordian said:

(?) In bocca al lupo nonna

 

 aigh vie

 

Crepi. 

Ma aigh vie?

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Nonna, you must do what's best for you.  I hope things improve for you soon.

 

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Still suffering with 'hives' here.  Going on 7 weeks solid now.

 

I wake up with them and go to sleep with them.

 

During the day I can keep them at bay a bit by keeping busy, but they're still there.

 

I've tried numerous creams, lotions and potions. I've tried at least 4 Antihistamines, including what I'm told are the 'strongest'.

 

Nothing has helped.

 

Seen the Doc twice and am seeing him again next Tues, when I expect to be referred for specialist opinion.  Can't take much more of this.

 

I itch all over, but mostly on arms, chest, hips and thighs.  Despite doing my damnedest not to scratch, I now have little scratches and scabs all over from scratching absent mindedly or in my sleep.  It's almost become normal.

 

The hives and the itch aren't necessarily in the same place and the hives come and go 'by the minute'.

 

Although neither me nor the Doc thought it was Scabies, with his agreement I've treated myself for them twice, a week apart, just to be sure.  No change.

 

The only relief I get is short, cool/cold showers and wearing as little clothing as I can.. which is OK at home, but makes shopping a bit awkward.... :blink:

 

I'm also getting odd little episodes of chills and joint/muscle pain, but not enough to be sure.

 

And finally, I'm drinking more than I should because it's about the only way I can get any sleep.

 

Oh.. also the antihistamines are increasing my appetite and I'm permanently starving..

 

Blood tests showed no antibodies for pollen, foods, house dust etc.., but showed my Immunoglobulin type E, which is an indicator for allergic response, is raised ten times above normal.

 

Clearly summat is 'at me', but so far nobody knows what.

 

It's getting a bit tedious now...

 

 

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7 hours ago, nonnaB said:

 

Crepi. 

Ma aigh vie?

augh vie =

'Good luck' in Manx.

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Ok thanks. Didn't think it was In an Italian dialect. You learn something everyday. Another " notte in bianco" another sleepless night. If the next  couple of days are going to be like the last couple of days, I won't be responsible for my reactions.My dr will give me something to control these symptoms. Wish I'd known beforehand what these patches do , I'd have preferred the pain.

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I nearly put this post on the “Why” topic because that’s what I’ve been asking myself ever since my ‘ailment’ started @11.30pm on Friday, December 7th. last year!
To explain I have to go back to my teen years when I saw a demonstration of ‘Indian Club' swinging’ by the Boy’s Brigade, I was so impressed I went straight down to Redmayne & Todd’s and bought myself a pair. They’re still on top of the wardrobe, unable to be used indoors ‘cos of the low ceilings. About the same time I was able to attend 2X2 week courses at the Army School of Physical Training, and qualified as a PT instructor in the Army Cadets,  one of the instructors frequently used the phrase “Use it or Lose it”, an instruction I’ve tried to follow ever since, particularly since ‘retirement’ 25 years ago. Over the years a ’loose sequence’ of exercises has evolved, as much for mobility as fitness, so lots of stretching & bending, club swinging without the clubs and even ‘hula hoop’ without the hoop, and usually ending ‘punching’ towards the ceiling then  slowly and still punching outwards bend down to punch the carpet 10 times between my toes, repeated three times!
So WHY on December 7th. after over 70 years did I start with the stretch for the ceiling and then find myself punching the carpet? I actually came down for the 2nd. sequence when this “Catherine Wheel” of a firework exploded at the base of my spine. Such was the fury the ‘fire’ reached across the hips & down both legs worse than an electric shock because 6 months on the effects are still ongoing!
To cut a long story short the transition from being possibly the fittest eightynine year old in Bulwell  to a walking stick dependant semi invalid is a bitter  pill to swallow together with the 8 Paracetamols & 4 Codeins per day.
I'll finish my self inflicted moan with the 'Good news', I have an appointment for a MRI Scan tomorrow,Tuesday, at the QMC. Keep your fingers "X" Please.


 

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I noticed you hadn't appeared here very much recently Albert.

 

I hope everything goes ok and you'll be back to the way you used to be. I'm sure you aren't really all that old.

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Albert, I too have missed your contributions on the forum and thought you’d been too busy with wine-tastings, holidays and ballroom dancing sessions.  So sorry you’re suffering and hope that the scan tomorrow will show what the problem is.   I’ll keep all fingers and toes crossed for you.  Keep us informed.  

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Wishing you well Albert..

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