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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