And the Hip Bone’s connected to the ……………….

I am not your standard kinda gal.
I cut myself on the box getting the knife out, I fell up a step, eating salads makes me put ON weight, and I have less hair on my legs where I didn’t shave that the areas where I did.
I’d already been told by a previous GP in the ’90s (who actually monitored me over a period of some 12  months) that if my hormone levels were ‘normal’ I was ill, yet if they were all over the place, I was healthy. This is why I refuse to be a part of the ‘Tick your Bits’ charts most GPs live by in their opinions, diagnosis and prescriptions (no disrespect to the medical profession intended but I am an individual, not a computer print out).

human biologyIf my biology teacher was still alive, she would no doubt be smirking under her blue/pink/purple rinse (depending on what school term it was) saying she was right, I was thick and never paid attention in class.
Well, maybe she was, but then no I’m not, and yes I did. However, maybe not all on the same day.

Today I let the side down, or should I say, the pain in my side down.
Hands up those of you who remember Bruce Forsythe’s Generation Game TV show and the one about where certain parts of your anatomy were.

skeleton 2It is official that I have arthritis in my back, hands, feet, knee and both hips (my ears are OK though thanks). When the pain gets too bad, I take basic OTC (over the counter) medication, one dose of which is usually sufficient.
Except for the past two weeks or so.
Especially the last two days.

MOH has a nice comfy three piece suite in his lounge.
So comfy, my body didn’t want to get out of it.
Let’s rephrase that.
My body couldn’t get out of it.
I literally could not get up as the pain shooting through my right hip was excruciating to the extent of bringing tears to my eyes.
The guys were on hand to give me a pull up, but it hurt all the more, so I had to sit back and get my breath.

I tried rocking forward. Ouch.
I tried heaving myself upright. Ow!
In the end, I had to roll myself into the arm clockwise, twisting my feet in front of me as I did so, and lever myself up from a reverse position, arse first . Very elegant (not).
This didn’t work all the time either, and it didn’t matter if I’d been seated for five minutes or fifty, something in my hip would lock and it hurt to move.

I decided to see the doc, and it took nine attempts to get through to a recorded message saying my call would be handled shortly and to continue to hold.
‘Shortly’ ended up being over 20 minutes (and £5 in mobile fees) but I was pleased to get an appointment for 10.40 this morning.
Naturally, it doesn’t hurt so much today, but I’m not daft enough to think it’s going to go away.
MOH is worried.
Hubby is worried.
Hell, I’m worried! Something is going on, and much as I don’t like going to the doctor, I can’t go on like this.

“The ball and socket hip joint is working very well,” he said as he moved my leg up, down and round in all directions. He prodded me and I winced.
”From what you’ve described and where the pain actually is, it’s nothing to do with your hip, but more the nerves at the top of the pelvis. You are therefore more than likely pinching a nerve, which can be very painful.” (Tell me about it)
You can see from this picture (looks like really old bones) that the hip and my pain are some distance apart (oops, sorry Miss).

pain pelvisI told him that ibuprofen affected my kidneys (as per their diabetes nurse), paracetamol on a regular basis gave me diarrhea, I avoided aspirin as it was thought I had an ulcer several years ago and codeine made me puke.
”The nerves are very near the surface, so as you seem to be limited with the painkillers available, a topical application would probably suit you best.”
I was then given a choice of ibuprofen gel or a chilli pepper medication.
I said I just wanted something to take the pain away (thinking not eat it) so I came away with a prescription for a 10% ibuprofen gel, chances of which I could buy over the counter anyway as I had done in the past when my knee started playing up.

The interesting thing is that the painkilling cream Hubby was prescribed years ago that worked for my hands could well work for this. We have lots.
That’s plan A.
He was recently prescribed the chilli pepper stuff for the pain in his side (no relation to mine by the way), so that’s Plan B.
At over £8 per item to fill any prescription, we think it makes economic sense to try what we already have first.

Note:
Pain of any description should not be ignored.
I admit I am stubborn and will make jokes to hide my discomfort and self concern.
I am loathe to visit a GP mainly because of past frustrations in getting an answer to the call in the first place, the holding time, availability (or not) of appointments, being rushed by said GP when I do see one, then being prescribed something that either doesn’t work or I am allergic to because they didn’t listen or bother to read my notes.
GPs in my last surgery were little better than useless, with some diagnosis being given by their receptionist!
At least today I came away from the surgery feeling a little more positive.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to And the Hip Bone’s connected to the ……………….

  1. Hopefully the pain will ease on its own. Most likely it was just from being in too comfy a position for too long. Feel better.

  2. You sound like me. I start with what I have on hand first (unless it is something serious). I am not a fan of drugs. Antibiotics do weird things to my gut. Painkillers, which can be soothing, can give me a bellyache. Got to stay healthy! Good luck to you!

  3. Capt Jill says:

    sorry about your pain(s), I hope you find something that works. My dad swore by apple cider vinegar for his arthritis (but you have something else). Good luck.
    I totally agree with you about doctors! Seems it’s the same way over here pretty much. Wish they would get over that thing about putting us all in a box!

  4. Oh, I hope you feel better soon!

  5. Perhaps the warmth of a warm pup in the painful area? That overnight stiffening up and pain is certainly annoying.
    The trouble I have with prescriptions is many don’t works and many also make me feel worse and if it does work, then it throws something else chemically out of whack….which brings me back to warm pup or cat.
    Hope you find a way to be more comfortable

    • Oh yes, I have a warm pup snuggling close most nights. Things have settled down now for a while, but at least I know what the problem is and hopefully the cream will help.

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