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Hhmmmm, GP first, it it carries on or becomes more serious then its a visit to casualty, just to rule out the worst case scenario.
Time for medical advice.
Dear Sally C74
Thank you for your posting on the forum. It sounds as if things have been very difficult for you running two homes and dealing with your own arthritis and working as well. This can all impact on your feelings and we have information on how you can look after your emotional wellbeing on the link below. You can also speak to your GP about support for depression.
As the responses to your post have already suggested and I see that you have already emailed occupational health for support and your mum has applied for attendance allowance.
We also have information about aids and adaptations and this includes information on financial help for these (Please see the link below). I am aware that you have already received a link to our information on psoriatic arthritis and there may be some information that can help you in the management of this condition.
As you are also working we do have information about your rights at work and the support you can get when you have arthritis. This may help and I have put the link below for this.
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The majority of us will tell you that there is nothing that gets rid of the pain, merely knocks the edge off. I have widespread OA and take MST, which is slow release morphine, twice a day and Oramorph as and when I need it.
I’m sorry you’re in so much pain and, despite two hip replacements, can’t really recommend anything other than exercising as I’ve never found painkillers lived up to their name. Strong muscles are the best pain relief I find.
BUT, and this is really important, we should never just stop strong pain relief such as morphine as that can do more harm than good. I don’t know how patches work but I’m fairly sure it’s not a good idea either to suddenly take one off or to put another on if it’s not due. I really think you should ask for advice on this. Try 111.
I found this on NHS site.
Morphine does not come as a skin patch. Sometimes people call their pain relief patch a "morphine patch". However these patches do not contain morphine but medicines which are very similar to morphine called fentanyl or buprenorphine.
If your doctor agrees that you can stop taking fentanyl, they will reduce the strength of your patch gradually. This is especially important if you've been taking it for a long time to reduce the risk of withdrawal symptoms.
Again, I’d urge you to ring 111 for advice. Please let us know how you get on.
If you don't get a written response try phoning the helpline on 0800 5200 520.
If you've been doing the hedges by hand until now, why not compromise and get a small battery powered hedge trimmer.
I used to loathe doing my hedge by hand until I spent about £120 on a reputable make of hand held trimmer (the name sounds like bush) five years later it's still going strong; I'm not however!
Crikey, even when I was younger and fitter I wouldn't dream of tackling a hedge that size with hand held shears! There's really no shame in admitting defeat when you have arthritis and it puts you in pain for days!
I agree, let your husband buy his hedge trimmer, and allow him to do the hedge. Boys need their toys!! He'll probably even enjoy it. It's amazing how much vacuuming my husband does once I let him go out and choose his own vacuum cleaner. He really enjoys the new window vac to clear condensation from the windows. Funny man. He can also be persuaded to trim the hedge - I find our hedge trimmer hard to use as it's so heavy, so I let him "do the manly bit" with the Big Dangerous Hedge Trimmer. It'a bloke thing.
If money really is tight, you can almost certainly get a good second hand one on line. But they are worth their weight in gold.
But I agree with the others, if it hurts, don't do it. It's just not worth it. Find something less painful to fill your time instead.
Our son is a professional gardener at a stately home, and has private clients. He has all the gear, is 6’x4” tall and is as fit of a butcher’s dog, so it’s pay back time, all the trees, bushes and hedges are down to him, we can manage the rest. 😄