It’s not that I’m averse to taking pills. Sadly I can be quite a pill popper when it comes to pain relief. I’m no martyr when it comes to headaches or random pains – hit me with panadeine or nurofen, baby. And if I have a bout of hayfever, I’ll move heaven and earth to get hold of the specific chemist-only tablets that actually work for me. That said, I managed childbirth twice with just the gas, and once without anything, so I guess if I can see light at the end of the tunnel as regards pain, I am sometimes capable of gritting my teeth and rolling with it.
But lately? Lately, my kitchen bench is starting to look like a chemist shop. (And the medicine stashes that my mother, and mother-in-law have. Did I mention I was starting to feel OLD?)
OK. Two lots are voluntary and self prescribed. And ‘naturopathic’. After random stints trying Evening Primrose Oil, I’ve decided that they do have an anecdotal effect – smoothing out the bumps of hormonal mood swings. I decide to take them regularly, but invariably forget.
Glucosamine gets a good rap from so many people, that, with my joints starting to misbehave the way they are, it seems silly not to give that a go. Invariably I forget to take them regularly too, so I’m not exactly helping myself.
So anyway, I went to the doctors yesterday, mainly to say ‘heellp!’ in regard to the shoulder and arm pains I’d been getting. (And the knees too. And the jaw.) She said it is quite probably arthritis (but is sending me for blood tests for the polymyalgia that my mum has had, as well as other general stuff, like cholesterol and that.)
“How do you diagnose arthritis?” I asked.
“If medication eases it,” she said. And gave me a prescription for Panadol Osteo to take three times a day. And I’m supposed to continue to take it.
I’m not sure what I think about that. But right now, I can say that it seems to be helping, and, after the week I had, I’m quite happy to do anything to give myself a break, especially if it means I can keep walking and swimming.
Maybe after a while I can stop and see what happens.
I still don’t understand why the sudden onset, but I guess there’s nothing I can do but take them as prescribed, try not to rattle, and to roll with it. If that’s the worst that can happen, then I’m doing ok.