PMR and Me

Doctors surgeryFor the last two and a half years, I have practically been living in the Doctors Surgery and have had more been told I could have this or I could have that.  I was being diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder, possible diabetes, and every other thing you could think of.

Well it all started way back in 1987, when I slipped a disc in my lower back.. L4/L5… god knows where that is but I can tell you it flaming well hurt.  I was put in traction and eventually started to get over that.

In 1993, I stumbled and tore all the tendons in my right foot, and this was caused by a pain in my right leg associated with Sciatica.

Got over that and then I slipped another disc in 1996, this time the Disc below the L4/L5, which is L5/S1… this time it was far worse than the previous disc and I couldn’t lay down, stand up or walk… eventually I was given a CT Scan and was told the disc had prolapsed central… whatever that means I don’t know, but from then on, I lost all feeling in my right buttock, right thigh and in my right foot and heel.

So as you can guess, I put all my aches and pains, since 2010 down to having back problems and not walking correctly and bad posture.  Never in a million years did I think it could anything other than that.

Until 2010, when I went to the doctor because I was having bad spasms in my right heel and it felt like someone was sticking a knife in my heal… It was a sharp pain, that would take your breath away and it was spasmodic.

So off to the Doctors, I went… nothing was really done about the heel pain, except being prescribed an anti-spasmodic drug.  What the doctor did find, was high blood pressure… great what else could go wrong?

Eventually after hit and miss they found the correct medication and I was fine… still had back pain and at times could hardly move but I had learnt to live with that and knew my limitations and knew exactly what I could and couldn’t do.. When the flare-ups of sciatica started I knew how to treat them and how to get over the flare-ups..

I had put everything down to age and during the time of being sorted out with the correct blood pressure medication, my right shoulder started to ache and my neck.. but I just put this down to my back problems… I went to the hospital once because the pain was so great I could hardly breathe without it hurting and they said it was a frozen shoulder… do mild exercise and take anti-inflammatories and strong pain-killers.

Then the pains were going all over my body… my knees and hands, shoulders, neck and thighs… well that was it … finally referred to consultant in November 2012, who has just diagnosed me with PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica), so this is my journey about learning to cope with such a debilitating illness..


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Bren Ryan is a female amateaur photographer who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called RyanPhotography showcasing the places they visited places on their Photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills to landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight to the wonderful landscapes, buildings and places to visit in the South of England and beyond.

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