Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Return of my mother's knees

My mother's knees have also returned. Well, in fact they have been with us all this time, getting worse and worse. She has been getting quite fed up with them as in addition to the knees she is feeling stiff and tired and generally not able to do too much. When she has been sitting for any length of time she has great difficulties moving and the pain seems quite unbearable. She is not normally a depressed person but this has really begun to get her down. She has decided to move to a retirement flat and has sold her house (another story for another time) but has basically spent the best part of three months back and forth to her doctor trying to find out what is wrong. It seems at last that they are thinking beyond just wear and tear in her knees and she is in the middle of a series of tests and investigations so hopefully there will be some answers soon. I did some thinking about her symptoms, some searching on the Internet and together with my professional knowledge and my own experience of a rheumatic disease and think she may have polymyalgia rheumatica. When I read out the symptoms to her she could identify with several of them. The thing she was most happy about was the bit that said that polymyalgia was treatable with corticosteroids and treatment may bring almost immediate relief! I can remember how I felt after my first infusion of intravenous steroids when I was first ill. I got up the next morning and for the first time in months could lift my arms up in the shower without it hurting. The relief was amazing and I would love for my mother to get that feeling.

5 comments:

Vanessa at Michael House said...

Hi, PR is what my mum had. she had enormous difficulty getting up off the bed in the morning, this was the initial and most debilitating problem - she did not have the strength in her arms to push herself up. she had steroids and was much better - only the odd hallucination, which i think was the steroids! but that didn't bother her. Say hi to your mum, hope she will feel better soon, PR is definitely treatable to a good degree.

Do enjoy your blog, always look out for it. love V

Lovely's Blot said...

Well, so far her doctor doesn't agree that she has PR! She does have an under-active thyroid and type 11 diabetes (which she thinks has nothing to do with the fact that she has at least one cake a day!) She is starting on thyroxine and hopefully will feel a bit better.

Will call you next week as need to get advice re running a B&B and planting trees on land!

Vanessa at Michael House said...

wow, what about the llamas, do they follow once you have planted the trees? sounds exciting, look forward to hearing from you. V x

Lovely's Blot said...

Well, firstly have to build house! Spent weekend looking at plans and trying to convert stables into llama area. Llamas would come after us and we are not likely to be there before 2009/10 as need to save up money!

Vanessa at Michael House said...

Wow, just seen your response. sounds very exciting. thought of you the other weekend, when we went to a smallholders show thingy nearby. it was a very very wet day, but there were several llamas, in pens outside. they looked quite happy, and, the main thing, even in the pouring rain, when most people were inside the marquees, the only people outside were the ones admiring the llamas! I think you are onto a winner. How is your mum? V x