Tuesday, 9 April 2019

THE OLD ARTHUR


I haven't mentioned it much before but I'm suffering from Arthur.
Arthritis  I mean and for ages now my hip has been giving me jip to put it mildly.

I often find myself involuntarily shouting when it catches me, thankfully I've managed to contain it when I've been out or it might be thought I was auditioning for a carry on film, lol

A while ago after sitting in a cafe for a meal I genuinely couldn't stand on my left leg (no alcohol was imbibed) when I got up to go. Good job Tom was there with a chivalrous arm for me to hold on to or I couldn't have got out to the car.

This told me it was time to go to see the Doctor.
 I hate going to see the Doctor and avoid it at all cost if possible.

I was sent for an x ray and the decision made was that it was indeed the Arthur.


My left index finger was a good pointer,  even if it does point the wrong way. lol

The Doctor has advised taking paracetamol and codeine pills 4 times a day.  WHAT?
As a person who hates taking pills this seems a bit excessive, and have I got to take them for the rest of my life, because the arthritis isn't going anywhere soon is it?

If things do not improve (not likely) then I could take a look at steroid injections or a hip replacement..
I have told the doctor that I am not interested in a hip replacement having been given some details of the op from a nurse close to me.
 So am looking to try to lose some of my 'warm padding' to see if things improve.

I'll keep you posted.

29 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm visiting you from Sandra's Mad Snapper...your arthur finger looks like my husband's...in fact ALL his fingers are that way.

    It's good you had a helping "hand" at the restaurant. (I'd be a bit negative on hip replacement too.)

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  2. I am sorry to hear this Briony. There is nothing that I can say to help you get better. All I know is that you have a cheerful, upbeat attitude to life and that will be extremely helpful as you learn how to grapple with Arthur Daley.

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  3. I have had two knee replacements and they are great.I would say go for the op.It will change your life.I,also,have arthritic fingers that are a funny shape but I can still cross stitch and knit.Is Tom still doing tapestry or have I dreamt this!!!??

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    1. Funnily enough the fingers are not painful and I can still knit and sew thank goodness. I'm sure if I can get enough weight off the hip will improve but it's not easy.
      You didn't dream it, Tom is still doing his tapestry when I can drag him away from the jigsaws. lol

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  4. Oh I am sorry about your Arthur! I have friends who have had hip surgery and they are doing better. Good luck and better health is wished for you. Reading above reply to a comment, I see you can still use those beautiful hands to make things. Lovely.

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  5. I have known 2 that had hip surgery and they were so happy with it... did they say if it is rheumatoid or osteoarthritis? mine is osteo and therapy exercises have helped the pain. but mine is not crippling like yours, and I started the excersies 3 years ago before it got bad. so sorry you are having the pain and glad you can still use your fingers without pain...

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  6. OK, I am certainly not a doctor, but paracetamol with codeine four times a day sounds excessive. I think your instincts are right, to try to manage the pain with "padding" loss and other methods. I hope you can send Arthur packing!

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  7. That is a lot of medication...Good luck with the "padding" loss.

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  8. My doctor told me that most people will have Arthur in their senior years, that is me too! Is paracetamol what we here in the USA call aspirin? I can't take that cuz it upsets my stomach. I take several antiinflammatory supplements.

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  9. about going back home, the two homes in savannah I lived in were torn down. only memories now.. my brother went back to Sloans valley about 20 years ago, he was Shocked that is was nothing like his memories. he could not find half the places he played.

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  10. I'm sorry. They say getting old is not for sissy's. I believe it.

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  11. I just got the steroid shot today and with a local. I was not put under anastasia and I feel great alway go that rout first!

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  12. A friend had a hip replacement in November and she is thrilled to be pain free after 9 years.
    My Dh suffers with arthritis and takes strong pain killers each day too.

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  13. I think the shots would be a good option, and avoid all the drugs. I have had many, many of these shots in different parts of my body,and they work wonderfully. Keep me posted on how the drugs are doing.

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  14. Sorry you're going through hip pain because of Arthur. A lot of us seem to be having hip pain due to one thing or the other, but I agree with Steve Reed. I take Paracetamol sometimes four times a day depending on the pain. If it is really unbearable I have a supply of Codeine to take, but it does say in the leaflet that you shouldn't take Paracetamol and Codeine together. I'd check that with your GP first.

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    1. She is the one who told me to take them 4 times a day. I asked there were any side effects and she said that it was quite safe. I prefer to make my own mind up about that, I've seen enough of Tom with effects from various medication over the years.
      She said that you need to get a build up of them in your system.

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    2. Even when the pain is bad I only ever take two Codeine on their own for that day. I don't take more than that because I feel nauseous after those first two. I would err on the side of caution which is what you seem to have in mind. Very wise.

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  15. Arthur gets around ad he's quite the two timer because he's been seeing me as well. I have it in my hand, back hip and neck. I take celebre once a day for it. Exercise does help too if I can get myself to do it

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  16. It must have been frightening to have your hip give out. That does seem like a lot of drugs but maybe you can ease into it and find the right amount for you? Good luck with the padding loss; I'm trying to do that as well and making NO progress at all. Ugh.

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  17. My mom gets the shots both in her hip and knee and they work very well for her. I would be afraid of the drugs, too, especially because it is a long-term condition. Maybe you could save the drugs for the days when it is particularly painful.

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  18. Hello from Australia, I am a regular reader of your lovely blog. Two of my fingers look like yours in the photo and I was wondering if I had arthritis, now the mystery is solved. Codeine is highly addictive and there have been public health warnings here about it. I would like to shift some of my excess too.

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  19. I had a hip replacement and never looked back. It was straightforward and the healing process no problem at all. I wouldn't go on the tablet programme. think what that does to your insides!

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    1. I don't intend to Valerie, I take them when and as I need them. No doubt if it gets to the point where I can't put up with it any more I'll look into the op.

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  20. I do believe that as we age, we all get 'Arthur'... to varying degrees. I too have it... was once told years ago after a bone density that I had 'degenerative bone disease' (sounds nasty). I said this is arthritis right? She said yes... and I admit I expected it (comes with the territory). Sometimes it bothers me (back, neck, wrists), but not always. I wouldn't do anything drastic unless it got really bad.

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  21. Oh poor you, that sounds horrid! Arthritis is in my family genes- my Mum and Grandad have/had it badly in their knees so I am not looking forward to that!

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  22. I'm afraid it comes to most of us. I've just had a steroid injection in my knee and I must say the improvement is fantastic, I too used to should ouch very often. Might be worth going back to the docs and asking for one, I wouldnt like taking all those pills either and to be honest they don't really take away the pain. Good luck

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