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

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9 hours ago, loppylugs said:

 It was a robot so I was not polite to it.:biggrin:  Hope it's chips get fried.!

Robots?! I know the NHS is short of staff but I hope they aren't going to start letting robots do injections. Our surgery has a touch screen for patients to sign in. It's never working. There is also a large flat screen tv which runs health-related videos on a loop, punctuated by doorbell sound effects and "Fred Bloggs to Dr Crippen in the cellar" announcements. That was broken yesterday, too! :wacko:

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I had a blood test about 3 weeks ago for my overactive thyroid. They only tested TSH, the reading had gone down quite a bit it was only 0.02 over the range, the hospital seemed happy with this but I wasn’t, it is hardly in range and I had been feeling a “bit off” again. Managed to persuade them to do another test to include TS3 and TS4, readings dont really make any sense unless you have these as well to see what is going on.

Went for blood test with doctor (didn’t hurt this time, last time I had a bruise that went almost round my arm and it hurt like a b***h goodness knows what he had done) and I ended up having shingles injection as well. Wasn’t sure about it but it was done before I could say anything, I do like to look at side effects before having anything but on checking when I got back they are minor and I was okay anyway. No bruise from blood test as well, must have caught him on a good day. On the way out one of the receptionists caught me and told me she could do blood tests and ask for her next time. Is this usual here, it was always the nurse that did it at my last doctors?

Anyway got the results, TSH had gone up and all others were in range although a bit odd so still having tablets every other day. I am wondering if there is anything else going on, pituitary gland was flagged up on last paperwork I got on a blood test although I don’t have any physical symptoms, so it could just be my body is confused (must say I am too) with my thyroid doing its own thing.

Getting older is such an inconvenience but retirement isn’t bad at all.

 

 

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TSH only is considerably cheaper than a full screen but you're correct SG the  whole lot is needed to make sense of it. Your initial TSH result is the same as mine last September. It was considered low but acceptable. Logically, it should be zero if the thyroid or replacement medication is doing its job. Little bu**ers thyroid glands!

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6 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Robots?! I know the NHS is short of staff but I hope they aren't going to start letting robots do injections. Our surgery has a touch screen for patients to sign in. It's never working. There is also a large flat screen tv which runs health-related videos on a loop, punctuated by doorbell sound effects and "Fred Bloggs to Dr Crippen in the cellar" announcements. That was broken yesterday, too! :wacko:

I don't think it's quite reached that stage yet, Jill.

 

This was a robot that answered the phone in the pharmacy.

I understand they now have robots doing some forms of surgery.  When I see the way my computer can mess up I don't have much confidence in that.

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Hooray!!!       I do hope that's not premature but I've finally got an appointment for November 18th. at the QMC. for an injection under X Ray towards the base of my spine.I am advised this will relieve the symptoms in my left leg only. Any other relief appears to be a bonus!
A friend of mine had a 'cortisone' injection some 20 years ago, he's now 84 and runs twice a week, 2 weeks ago he did a PB on a 'park run'  of about 3 miles in a time of 37.22 minutes  I'll be happy if I can walk to Bulwell Market in that time!
Has anyone else had this or similar treatment with what results Please?

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Yes ALbert I've had two cortisone injections years ago. One in my shoulder and the other in my elbow. The shoulder one I didn't feel it at all but the elbow one was different . The pain went down to my finger tips but the pain was worth it afterwards because my elbow felt like new. 

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Actually Albert they were cortisone infiltrations into the joints. They worked wonders

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FWIW, I had a cortisone injection into my right knee, on the same day that the consultant told me I needed a new knee, but was unlikely to get one because my cardiac health would likely preclude surgery.  It was a painful procedure and the beneficial effects lasted for about 24 hours.  Not worth the hassle.. in my case.

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Not so much ailments.  I have recently resurrected my diet.

 

Basically a 16:8. all eating done in 8 hours and 'fasting' for the rest. This works out for me as I rarely eat an 'early' breakfast. So I have lunch around 1:00pm and an evening meal anytime between 7 and 9 pm. I try to keep lunch at or below 300cals. I also try to keep 'white carbs' to a minimum.. and only consumed with one or other meal. I've also reduced the booze quite a bit.

Exercise. I like to alternate weights, walking and swimming on consecutive days. Unfortunately swimming is out at present as two local pools are out of action. I enjoy a good walk or a swim when I'm in the mood. The trick is to keep on doing it when are not in the mood. ...

 

I've lost 1st 1lb since Sept 10th and the trend is still downward.  :)

 

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I always heard we should note eat late.  Digestion affecting sleep and all that.

I've lost twenty pounds since my stroke.  Mrs Loppy is always fussing at me to eat more, but I'm just not hungry.  Lower weight should be good for  bp anyway.  Gotta buy some new pants.  Gone from a 38 to a 36.  Still at around 160 pounds. Not bad for my height and age.  Doc isn't fussing about it so its ok with me.

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I joined slimming world and lost 11 pounds, It's just common sense. Eat less fatty food and pastries, eat more fruit and veg.

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For me it's the carbs.  I keep those low and replace with non starchy veg like cauli.  I try to keep fat below an average 50 gm daily.  I believe the daily recommendation for men is 70gm.   A decent slice of Pork Pie will give more..

 

 

Mmmm.. Pork Pie.... Haven't had any for months.... :(

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1 hour ago, loppylugs said:

I always heard we should note eat late.

 

I never eat after 6pm if I can help it, if it gets to late, I'll go without.

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After some recent issues, I had an abdominal ultrasound.  It came back as OK. Liver, and all the other internal bits, in place and functioning OK.  Which was nice.

 

However..  Ultrasound can only see so much.. and some continuing symptoms.  So I'm now down for an 'urgent' appointment with Gastro-enterology as my Doc is keen to 'eliminate' certain 'sinister' possibilities. Hopefully turn out to just be precautionary stuff.

Saw Doc Weds and had call from GE yesterday for appointment on 5th.  They aren't messing about...

 

Finger's crossed.

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I'm sure we all wish you well Col, just don't let your natural tendency to worry get top side of you..

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I second the previous posts, Col.  Don't let stress get to you.  That is one of my weaknesses, and may have been a factor in my stroke.  It definitely effects my blood pressure.  Keep smiling anyway.  Glad the test results were good.

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Thanks all.  Just to clarify that the latest referal was my Doc's idea and I think they are being a bit overenthusiastic.. but may as well see what transpires.

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Has anyone had or been offered a shingles vaccination,  my doctors phoned on Friday

to ask if I wanted one. I said I would get back to them don't really know what to do.   

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I've had shingles. Believe me, it's extremely unpleasant. Get the vaccination - painless and no side effects (with me, anyway).

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I had shingles in December 2010. Never felt pain like it although the rash was fairly mild. I pity those who get it on their face or scalp. Mine was on my left hip. Couldn't bear to wear anything that touched the area for 2 weeks and that went for bedclothes too!  Couldn't get a GP appointment and since there was a flu epidemic on at the time, NHS Direct, or whatever it was called, was running a pre recorded message basically telling those who had other problems to go away!

 

I self medicated on the strongest over the counter pain killers friends could find which they posted through the letterbox. They had never had chicken pox and I didn't want them to contract it from me!

 

The vaccination, I understand, is offered to those aged 70 plus. I'm too young. I understand it can recur but rarely. I would certainly never want to experience it again!

 

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I had mine a few years ago.  I think preventative measures are good.

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I had a shingles jab same time as my flu jab a couple of weeks ago. I'm all for it and really can't understand the assorted conspiracy theorists who claim some Govt. plot.

 

I had shingles around 2002..ish.  I think I got off lightly.  I felt a bit vaguely out of sorts for a few days and then one afternoon in work I noticed a rash around my right side.  Reddish rash with blistery lttle spots.  My female boss was pregnant at the time and basically ordered me to go off sick.  I called in at the Doc's who confirmed Shingles and gave me a course of Aciclovir.  Thing is.. I never had much pain with it.

 

Still.. where there's no sense....

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Because of health issues, I have the flu vaccine every year. I also  had the Pneumonia vaccine in 2006 and the Shingles vaccine 13.11 18. I am pleased to say no reactions to any of them, not even a teeny weeny sore arm afterwards. I just hope they work?:)

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