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Had an X-ray last week on my hand. The verdict "arthrosis" now I have it in a support so I can't use it. The support is around my thumb and it's rigid. I can only stand it for so long then I just have to take it off. I have a softer support that I wear at night but even that last night was hurting me on the back of my hand. Hope I don't have to wear it for ages. Dr said " no tablets".:(

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I have just had the latest results from my blood test for my overactive thyroid. (Just an aside but when I hear that I always think I should be running around like Speedy Gonzales.)
I was hoping the hospital would be cutting down my medication again and I hoped to be tablet free by Christmas. Unfortunately one of my readings has bombed (TSH), one is in range and one is slightly over so I have had to go back to one tablet a day again. It is a big disappointment to be back at the beginning again, I had not been feeling “right” for a couple of weeks but put this down to being stressed about a relative going back to work at school with no protection at all. 
When I was first diagnosed a couple of years ago the condition was classed as “borderline” so not too bad, I was told it was probably the result of my husbands terminal illness, two family deaths (my mum and then my husband) within a week and my best friends step dad passing the evening after the second family death and should right itself. The tablets would help until it did. I am now wondering if it could be a similar situation and stress related which has caused me to go haywire again. 
I now hope the tablets will get me over this latest flare up and I can start cutting down eventually again as I don’t want to go down the radioactive route at all. 
Going to have to try and destress (is that a word) or alternatively the lottery could, finally, put my numbers in and then draw them, I have been practising for a long while! This would solve the main stresser of my relatives job as she could leave and we could then choose our interaction with other people. 

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I do sympathise, SG. Thyroid troubles appear to be anything but simple. Speaking for myself, the constant tinkering with my dosage is a pain. There are suggestions that different dosages are needed at different times of the year for some people. Not that most GPs know nearly enough about thyroid problems to address this side of it.

 

I'm due for a blood test again, so am probably going to get my dosage altered for the umpteenth time!

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Just a curiosity on my part but when anyone gets a prescription from the dr and has it dispensed, does it come in a labeled box with instructions or just in a brown bottle with chemist instructions on doses? Whenever I had to have medication it was always in brown bottles from what I remember. Yesterday I saw my GP and took my X-ray results of my hand. He seems to think it may be carpel tunnel. But to be sure he's sending me for an EMG. Meanwhile til I get the results he said to take paracetamol. It doesn't even touch the pain and I don't want to start brufen etc as I have to take lansoprozolo to counter effect on my stomach. The other day the pain was so bad and after using ice sprays and packs my daughter gave me a tablet called OKI. (Ketoprofene ) it didn't eliminate the pain but eased it considerably.

Returning to my question , our medication comes as you would buy a pkt of paracetamol or aspirin, complete with a leaflet that tells everything and is so long and is printed on both sides. It tells you what it is and what it's for etc etc and when you come to find out what the dosage is ( although the dr has told you ) its half way down on the reverse side of the leaflet. Then you come to what to do if you've taken too much and after effects . I thought " I can't remember this much info from when I had a prescription in UK"  and it just made me wonder if this is a foreign thing or whether nowadays it's compulsory to tell you everything.

Also when you have your blood tests or any exam for that matter does the result go to the dr or do you get it first and then go to the dr for explanations.? Here we have to do all the running ( you have a pain , you go to dr, he gives you a prescription, you go to chemist to make an appointment on line at hospital, on the day you go to get this appointment over with and they tell you when the results will be ready. We can either have it sent to our local health centre which takes a week or go directly to the hospital to retrieve the results. Then you can go back to the dr for him/ her to tell you what it is or what to do. It is a long process but we have got used to it and the joy is we don't have to stick to the recommended specialists, we can choose one over another and sometimes different hospitals have more options and therefore quicker appointments.In this area we have at least 5 hospitals and 3 clinics. My husband has to have hip replacement and he has chosen a hospital about 50 km away because last time his other hip,was replaced he was up and about the following day. Our nearest hospital is 15 km away but they do the op in a different way which takes longer to heal. 

 

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Nonna, I think most medication here now comes in prepackaged boxes, complete with a set of notes not far off loo roll length, folded up inside. Brown bottles are still around but it's mainly plastic!! blister packs.  I only take thyroxine but it seems that every month, it's a different manufacturer and sometimes in an enormous box, relative to the size of the pills. I suppose it depends which is cheapest at the time!

 

Carpal tunnel is extremely painful. My 90 year old auntie has had both hands operated on and says the terrible pain is now gone. So, chin up!

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...... and you always open the packet at the end where the instructions are folded. If you read the possible side effects you wouldn’t take them anyway.

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All the possible side effects have to be listed - even the very rare ones - so that no-one can say they weren’t informed/ warned and therefore can’t sue the provider!!

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I don't know what it's like in the UK but, as well as encyclopedic length leaflets in the cartons they are now sealed with about half a kilometre of industrial strength Sellotape.

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Nonna, hope you get your wrist pain sorted soon.

Here our prescription service works really well.  Both of us are on repeat prescriptions and all we need to do is phone the pharmacy (which we nominated to link with the doctor’s surgery) and the medications are ready to collect within 48 hours, but normally will be ready within 24 hours. We can only order repeat prescriptions every 2 months.   For one-off prescriptions we need to go to the surgery to collect then go to the pharmacy to pick up the drugs.  
 

in other news, I mentioned the other week that I’d got nowhere with the GP when I asked for a scan to try to establish why I’d had a pain in my left side for literally months. She told me she wasn’t permitted to send patients for an NHS scan unless there was evidence of Cancer.  I decided to contact my Private bowel consultant who operated on me a couple of times 3 AND 4 years ago.  I had a face-to-face consultation, examination, extensive blood tests and a CT scan and yesterday he phoned me to give me the good news that there’s nothing dreadful to be concerned about, all my internal organs are in fine fettle and the aches and pains are likely to be due to the surgery I’ve had, where muscle tissue has now become scar tissue.  He assured me that I’ve had ‘a good MOT’.  It’s cost a couple of thousand but worth every penny to have peace of mind.  

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I suppose one could develop carpal tunnel trying to break into medication packets?  I'll wager that's one side effect not listed!

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There were lots of people being treated for CTS when I was at the Pulvertoft Hand Centre at the Derby Royal having my finger seen to. I think it’s a very simple and effective procedure. The hand centre itself is an enormous setup dedicated predominantly to hands and wrists. I was treated by a Dutch doctor who was on secondment. He took a skin graft from my arm to effect the repair. They did make me a prosthesis to stick onto the half finger but the novelty of pulling it off to frighten children soon wore off!

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4 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

I suppose one could develop carpal tunnel trying to break into medication packets?  I'll wager that's one side effect not listed!

 

Also kneading dough for tagliatelle ill not do that again, the young assistant chef can make it for me.

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Lizzie we get a repeat prescription when needed without having to go back to dr . Chemist keeps track. I know mum used to get repeat prescriptions and they were delivered to her. When she came here she had to reduce her medication as it was too high / too strong. She thought she wouldn't be able to resist aches and pains. A private dr said her medication was enough for a cart horse and was so cross that she was taking so much of a thing she didn't need. 

If we happen to ask the chemist for an anti biotic for instance she will let us have it without a prescription BUT will keep a record of it and get the prescription directly from the Doctor. Don't think this would happen outside the village but she's known us since 1970 and Alex and her were school friends. 

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6 hours ago, philmayfield said:

They did make me a prosthesis to stick onto the half finger but the novelty of pulling it off to frighten children soon wore off!

Does the ‘half finger’ get sore Phil?   Years ago an old neighbour, a retired farmer, had only half an index finger due to a farming accident.  He ALWAYS wore a dirty little cover over the end as it became very tender.  

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No, it's fine and working. They made a first class job of it. I was conscious during the op and there were loads of people there. I think I was being used as a training exercise! I had to keep going back to Derby on a weekly basis to have the dressing changed and they wouldn't let me drive for some time. I was classed as a geriatric but when I told them I'd just bought a Porsche 911 they reconsidered their opinion!

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I take medication to combat the side effects of my medication!

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Groooowl...Just got back from the eye doctors.  He's making me an apptmt' for cataract surgery.  I knew it was coming, my vision has been getting less focused for a while.  Worst one is my left eye.  Mrs. L had it done 3or 4 years ago.  She doesn't even need glasses now.

I'm surprised they renewed my drivers license last week.  :biggrin:   Joys of gerrin ode!. 

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They put the correction in your eye now, Loppy. You won't need your gig lamps any more. You see, you CAN teach an old hound new tricks!

 

At any rate, you're luckier than JSB in 1685. The operation in those days was thought to have contributed largely to his demise.

 

 

  

 

 

 

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Evening!!  I sincerely hope all are getting over or at least dealing with their aches and pains...

 

Saw a Doc yesterday. who assurred me there was no sign of neurological damage to my back, but said she could se I was obviously 'struggling'.  She offered stronger pain relief than Co-codamol 30/500 but I refused. I'm nt 'hard'.. I just don't want to go that route.

 

Today I woke up able to walk without two sticks and a dose of Codeine.. Have had no Codeine since 10 pm yesterday.  Still a constant ache but the mind numbing intense pain that caused involuntary gasps and groans has eased a lot.
Even managed to drive the mile or so to GP Surgery for my flu jab.... which was nice.

 

My back is still clearly out of line. I mean.. literally.. my hips are not vertically below my shoulders.. it looks very odd. .So I self referred to Physio.. who came back to me today by text with an 'appointment' for a 'telephone assessment'...at the end of October..  The phrase 'Chocolate Fireguard' springs to mind.... Too little. too late.  I may need to seek out an Osteopath or Chiropractor.

 

Still it's getting easier. and staying off the Codeine means I can have a beer.. which is a lot nicer.

 

I can't stay on the PC chair for long though..

 

And Cardiology have sent me an appointment to get 'wired up' for another 24 hour EGC thingy.

 

And the Doc I saw yesterday about my back.. wants to see me about my ticker.. and also wants 'bloods' to look at my.. errr.blood.

 

Progress.. I think..

 

 

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Hope you are soon feeling better Colin. Nothing worse than a bad back, you can't get comfortable anywhere.

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Hope your more comfy today DJ. Having a few beers can have a pain killing affect, so go for it. Anything that makes your pain bearable.

 

A good few years ago, Chris hurt his back, whilst entertaining friends one 'Bonfire Night'. He was in agony on the floor,  in those days the doctors came out, on a remark about alcohol being a pain relief, the doctor agreed, but said either whiskey or pain killers. Not Both.  I'll let you guess which one he chose.

 

Last week I made a phone appointment (FIrst time ever)with my new doctor about some results that I was waiting for. It felt as though I had been forgotten.

Three day Holter monitor in July..........Stable result......Whoopeeeeee.

Thyroid results.................OK.....  Yahooooooo

Colonoscopy I should have had in March, but still no appointment.......Doc is going to chase up, to find out why the delay?  I bet I know why.........begins with C and ends in 19. At least now I am not worrying that I have just got lost in a pile on a desk somewhere?

 

Today we are both having our flue jabs, so a bit of peace of mind on some scores.

 

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I'd have given your post a like, Col, but I didn't want to sound like I like what you are going through.  Hope things improve for you soon.

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No, I lost it in the potato patch whilst digging spuds. I must have rotovated it in by now. One day an archaeologist will excavate it.

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