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Old 7th December 2012, 21:20   #161 (permalink)
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Re: Arthritis

Val, how awful for you, I too hope you can soon get this sorted out, sounds so painful.

Saw the Rheumatologist yesterday, he has said I probably have polymyalgia due to my good reaction to the steroids again, and that last year I was taken off of them too soon (the annoying thing is, there is a test that can confirm polymyalgia, but due to the cost, it is not available in Bristol). I have to stay on the full dose for the next 6wks, not really recommended but at least it is giving me a lot of help. The problems I have with the tops of my legs going numb and burning with pain, could well be neuropathy, and I will need to speak to my Neuro about this at the beginning of Jan, a bit annoying as the times I have mentioned this to him and GP's is no odds to no one, seems like you have to find a lot of things out yourself at times. Diane
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Blooming heck Struggs, it only requires a 'blood test', a friend who has polymyalgia tells me, to see if you have it or not! Give them a kick up the arse! You should have a proper diagnosis & not be taking meds based on blooming guesses, especially when it can be ruled in-out so easily

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I arrived back in England at 10am yesterday and after dropping my luggage off, went straight to A&E at my local hospital (12.40 arrival). Spent the next four hours having several blood tests and 3 xrays. Saw a senior doctor from the orthopedics departrment and the prognosis is that I don't have any infection and it's not septric arthritis. I have bursitis and was told to take strong pain medication and rest with the leg elevated. So happy there's no infection and I've stopped the antibiotics.

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It's 5.30am and no point going to bed, I am in pure agony with my hip and feeling very depressed and disabled. I am looking into having a replacement in the spring but need to shift a load of wieght first to make the recovery easier. It is so hard because I can't move around too much, I am afraid of having the op in bulgaria but I must. I just have to loose at least 30 kilos but it's easier said than done, I have lost 12 already but thats since may so I need to get a riddle on and get that extra weight off or I'l end up in a wheel chair. So fed up with it all.
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It's 5.30am and no point going to bed, I am in pure agony with my hip and feeling very depressed and disabled. I am looking into having a replacement in the spring but need to shift a load of wieght first to make the recovery easier. It is so hard because I can't move around too much, I am afraid of having the op in bulgaria but I must. I just have to loose at least 30 kilos but it's easier said than done, I have lost 12 already but thats since may so I need to get a riddle on and get that extra weight off or I'l end up in a wheel chair. So fed up with it all.
Bless you Sharon. There is nothing as bad as suffering such relentless pain. Good luck with the weight loss. It really is a catch 22 situation there. You need to lose weight to make you better, but exercise is so painful that it is difficult to do it. My brother in law is on week 8 after a hip replacement which he put off twice before the pain became so bad he had to have it done. He is now wondering why he didn't do it first time.

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that's great news Val, very pleased for you

Now: someone else will have to do all that running around getting ready for Christmas x
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Tintagel, I had a blood test last year, but it didn't confirm either way that it was polymyalgia, the test that can give a definite diagnosis is the one that is not funded in Bristol. Steroids are used to treat this condition, if I am lucky one day it will disappear, if I am not, another lifelong condition to live with.

Val, glad you got a diagnosis, if it is any consolation approx. 3yrs ago I had bursitis in my arm and shoulder, and god is it painful, lost so many nights sleep, but luckily it disappeared within 3wks, and I hope this is the same for you.

Aw Sharon and Eric I so feel for you, that is a hell of a lot of weight to lose especially when it is too painful to exercise, well done on what you have lost so far, and I hope it won't be too long before you get the help you need. Diane
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