hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
edited 24. Jun 2014, 14:47 in Living with Arthritis archive
Well I'm back home now. My consultant is lovely.....
He walked behind me when we were going to his room and when I sat down he said how much better I was walking {he saw me 3 months ago} I should hope so after 17 weeks :o
The first thing he mentioned was my ankles.....oedema .....so water tablet have been prescribed. I can get up often enough during the night without water tablets :roll:
I mentioned my ankle was very sore {one with OA} and he said the oedema would make it sorer.
He's certain I have osteoporosis even though we haven't yet got the results of the DEXA scan. I mentioned that I had pain and stiffness {more so than OA} in the morning....he said that could be the OP??
The X Rays done today were perfect......everything was fine.
He said get your list out and lets go through it :lol: Do you think he knows me :wink:
He said safety when walking was the main thing.....use 2 crutches if I thought I needed to or one if I could get away with it.
I told him about the walking in the house without anything and he said that's fine.....you are bound to still dip a bit and your scoliosis doesn't help matters.
His opinion is that I am much better but cant see it because I'm living it....he can see it. If you could sit down and think what were you were like 2 months ago you would realise you have made progress.
I'm seeing him in 6 months time....he will X Ray the ankle as well as the hip at the next appointment.
I think that's all......I take lists but its remembering everything that's said :lol:


  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    That sounds like a positive appointment. Must have been good to have had it confirmed that you have made progress. Well done on all your hard work.
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,278
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I can only echo what Slosh has said. Well done you!
    "The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain." Kahlil Gibran
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,107
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hileena that went well anyway, it good to know he can see a differnce in you..not easy to see when you are in pain, so you are getting there, now for the results of the scan, hope they come back soon, then hopefully you can start the treatment..bet you are shattered..((())) xx
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Slosh SW and Barbara
    I've just pm'd you Barbara.....that crossed with your pm to me :lol:
    Yes it was a positive appointment and I suppose if I really think about it I have improved but not as quickly as I wanted to.

    I've accepted the chronic things and deal with them OK but because this is supposed to be acute I keep expecting it to be healed quickly....think I better just content myself and look on it as a chronic illness and treat it like the OA scoliosis etc and when /if it heals it will be a bonus :lol:
  • Megrose489
    Megrose489 Member Posts: 745
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Pleased that it was such a positive appointment, Hileena. Your consultant sounds very caring.

  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Morning Meg
    Yes my consultant is lovely...
    I know with OA its the GP that treats you but I've been seeing him because 4 years ago I had a first THR, then they thought it was referred pain from my back so back and forward from back specialist to him.....then had the 2nd THR Jan this year then the fracture :?
    The first time I saw him after the fracture {about 2 weeks} he said try to walk in the house with no crutches but not without Nurse Peter there to catch you :lol:
    He calls Peter my Memory because I come with my lists but Peter is the one that remembers what was said. :lol:
    Hope you are OK today
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,558
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    That sounds a good appointment, I for one found it reassuring so I hope you did too. He is right, when you are in the middle of living with something you don't appreciate the progress that has been made (and is being made) especially if one has a slightly impatient attitude :wink: . You will get this sorted in due course, of that I am sure; I find that my water tablet affects me in the morning (for a couple of hours after taking it, I take with my BP med) but then things 'calm' down. :) DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi DD
    When I look back....it was a positive appointment.
    As for impatience....well you know me :lol:
    I haven't got any water tablets yet.....GP will prescribe them.
    That sounds optimistic.....I imagined I would be running all the time.
    I take a BP tablet in the morning so that sounds good.
    We'll see when I get them
    I know about oedema but one thing he told me that I didn't know is that if its in your ankles its in the rest of your body???
    Lungs etc.....if you walk or run reasonably fast {Chance would be a fine thing :lol::lol: } you will get breathless and that is the oedema.
    I had never heard that before
  • villier
    villier Member Posts: 4,426
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Glad you had a positive appointment Hileena it makes all the difference when you have such a good consultant, my neurologist is fab he goes the extra mile for his patients nothing is a bother to him, confidence in your consultant is everything.............Marie xx
    Smile a while and while you smile
    smile another smile and soon there
    will be miles and miles of smiles
    just because you smiled I wish your
    day is full of Smiles