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

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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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Albert, I hope he MRI will show that the problem with your spine can be remedied, so you cam go back to being the fittest 89 year old in Bulwell again!   And get some relief from the pain - that must really be getting you down x

 

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I second all that's been said Albert. I'm so sorry you've had this problem. I can imagine the pain you are going through as I've had problems with my back and still have. It's an ongoing thing, I have just about tried everything in one way and another from pain killers to physiotherapy to osteopaths and countless specialists who said absolutely no surgery and finally finding a neurosurgeon who has put me on his waiting list to be operated on. Albert what I want to say is don't mess about get straight to the point that is the correct one. I've had my problem for so many years and I wish I'd gone looking for other solutions instead of taking " advice " that never did work. I wish you all the best and hope you find some relief without going through the various useless therapies. 

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Keep your chin up Albert !

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Sorry to hear this Albert, hope all goes well tomorrow.

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Albert, I wish you the very best outcome from all of this.

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Probably not as painful as Albert's condition, but as I'm sitting here typing, my dreaded 'itch', is in full spate.

 

'Itch' isn't really the word, because at present it's like a million wasp stings a minute, mostly (this time) around my right arm and shoulder, with odd contributions from my left shoulder and thighs.  It can also be a tingling or burning and I've also noticed odd little joint and muscle pains.  The hives come and go, mostly on arms, but can be anywhere.  It is more or less bearable during the day, but really kicks in after my evening meal and peaks until I give up and have a couple of brandies which helps, but probably isn't a viable long term solution. I mostly wake up pretty itch free, but it starts again within minutes.

I also noticed today that after a bit of relatively light lifting of compost and large pots in the garden, most of my symptoms are on my right arm and shoulder, and generally on my right side.  That's where I had two small strokes over ten years ago.  I have no idea if there's a connection after all this time.

 

I have another Doc's appointment in the morning. Third in six weeks.  I think I can say with some confidence that 'try this new cream and come back in 2 weeks'.. is not the correct answer.

 

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You must be really worn out with the constant itching, Col.  How long will you have to wait for a dermatology appointment do you think?

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Went to Boots for an eye test the other week &, the optician woman said nice bit of laser surgery. very nice But youu are going to need some more because there are more haemorrhages in both eyes. 

Blimey I 've had six lots this year already. When will it end  ? 

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3 minutes ago, catfan said:

Blimey I 've had six lots this year already. When will it end  ?

 

I don't know much about laser surgery CF but that lot would be starting to worry me, hope you sort it.

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It must be disappointing to hear that news, Catfan, but I suppose if it's necessary then you'll have to keep on having laser treatment .....because that's better than the alternative of doing nothing.   How soon will you be able to get an appointment?   

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59 minutes ago, MargieH said:

You must be really worn out with the constant itching, Col.  How long will you have to wait for a dermatology appointment do you think?

No idea Margie but we tend to be reasonably fortunate here c.f. many other places. Just at Doc's now waiting for my 9:00 appt.

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