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I sent Bea Iris Primroses and she sent me a picture of flowers growing in our garden. Nice..It needs cleaning up, picking up those old leaves..

Anyway the rhumatologist diagnosed acute bursitis and I had to have an injection in the hip/thigh joint on both legs, an anaesthetic and steroids. That was fun ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

So now during the hottest weather on record I must rest for 2 days with my legs elevated and take paracetamol then go back on the 7th. She said it doesnโ€™t always work first time round.

๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

Lucky I didnโ€™t wait for the pain clinic appointment in Lyons, thatโ€™s on May 27th!!

Hope you are all enjoying the fine weather xx

Fran

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Sorry you are having a rough time Fran, hope you soon improve. Nice to see your photo of the spring flowers in bloom, a sign of better things to come. ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’โ˜˜๏ธxx

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Thank you Joyce ๐Ÿ˜Š yes!!! Hope so too โ˜€๏ธxx

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Beautiful flowers Fran, nice to see. Such lovely weather for now but not sure how long it will last.

Ouch! I hope the injections work for you first time. Donโ€™t need to go through that again. Keeping everything crossed for you. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ

Did you have fun with your cousin? Maybe I missed that post.

Take care dear Fran.

Love Carole. Xxxx ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’–

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Hello Carole,

See what the BBC breakfast Carole tell us this morning. I thought it would last the week!

Well the specialist found the spot which hurt first time ๐Ÿ˜ƒ so I do hope so but had a rough night, not knowing where to put my legs. Got the ice packs in my socks, legs elevated.

She gave me a prescription for the podiatrist. I have to phone today.

I think the weekend with my cousin finished me off ๐Ÿ˜‚ the weather was great, Motown was great, M&S and Ecco and Clarks were great ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Then she left Sunday at 4pm just in time for me to see Chelsea lose against City..I knew I had overdone it but it was good to have a laugh.

Hope you are enjoying the last weather.

Love xx

Fran

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Another nice day here Fran but Pete says rain on the way for the weekend. Shame. ๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ

Hope things start improving for you soon and Iโ€™m thinking of you.

Glad you had fun with your cousin but now you have to rest.

I canโ€™t believe whatโ€™s going wrong with Chelsea. Oh dear! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Have a good day dear Fran.

Love, Carole xxxx ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’

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Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š Carole..and Pete for the forecast ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ahhh I see it will go down to 13 but it is still good.

Yes Chelsea played well, silly goalie..canโ€™t go tonight now, will watch the match on tv ๐Ÿ“บ

they say Abramovic is looking for a buyer..

Love xx

Fran

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Hola Fran, Muy Bien por el Rhumatologist. Lets hope it does work, I'm sure with your outlook/ positivity, it will. Your Garden will be Blooming in no time, Primroses look lovely and happy. Have a Good Book while your resting, be hard for you not to be Moving around (Miss Busy Bee).

Our Weather has been lovely, I sat in the garden Today and my Spanish Tan has decided to come back through the white English Skin. I am pleased with the Feeling of Looking & Feeling Well. Mind you, Thursday it says, back to Clouds & rain. Well me Amiga, Buenas Noches, voy a me Cama Tengo Sueno. Hacen un Buen Noche tambien. Abrazos XXXXX

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Hola Querida

Yes finished one book ๐Ÿ“š last night and started another ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Glad you are enjoying the garden.

There is always a good side to things my niece is coming over with her new baby so even if I have to see the rhumatologist again on the 7th, Iโ€™ll get to see her on Sunday 10th with both brothers. Something to look forward to ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Have a nice day โ˜€๏ธ

Love xx

Fran

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I had bursitis in my hip joint last year....agony .....by doing too much in one go on my exercise bike, instead of pacing myself.

I had a special treatment at the physiotherapist, she used a kind of pulse machine on the hip, but I can't remember exactly what she said it was. I borrowed crutches to get around for a while. I daren't try the bike again, it hurt so much.

We are doing well, aren't we .....first the spine fractures and then the bursitis .

I have found a series of meditations for back pain, together with a e book.

Thank Bea for the photo of spring flowers , and hope your pain eases soon.

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Would it have been a TENS machine, knitter??

Iโ€™ve bought one....about ยฃ30 on Amazon. Theyโ€™re very effective for muscular pain.

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Hello Knitter,

Oh dear..Same here..no bike though..I see she wrote on the podiatrist prescription: Bilateral trochanteric bursitis, hyper mobility of joints and flat feet!

Well it is agony but I carried on with paracetamol until I got the appointment, what else can we do.

I also use Ease Pain health imagery and affirmations in my iphone with earphones at night..

No change today anyway.

I will thank Bea, you are kind โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

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A lovely Spring view of your garden, Fran ๐Ÿ˜€

I do hope the injections reduce your pain. I wouldnโ€™t have guessed bursitis.....I wonder how that can have developed?? Poor you ๐Ÿ’•

Rest a while with TV or a book.....๐Ÿ–ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿ“˜ ....resist the attractions of London ๐ŸŽก ๐Ÿฅณ โšฝ๏ธ

Take care, my friend, Penny ๐ŸŒท xx

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Hello Penny,

Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

Cushing syndrome is the cause, weakness of muscles and bones due to long term steroids intake.

Canโ€™t put my feet down, hard to walk anywhere. Anyway she said 2 days rest.

Lots of love ๐Ÿ’• โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Hi Fran ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธโ˜€๏ธ

This use of steroids has caused you some problems, poor, poor you ๐Ÿ˜ณ So sorry youโ€™re having to put up with all this. I wasnโ€™t expecting bursitis to appear in the picture too. Sounds so painful!

Iโ€™ve looked up Cushings, shows usual steroid use bad boys, but not bursitis. Maybe your busy London visit has had a pay-off ๐Ÿ˜จ on top of everything else? The price of fun?? and trekking round hospitals? Or maybe Iโ€™ve just not researched well enough.

Anyway, found this list for us....!

Natural ways to lower cortisol

*Lowering stress. People trying to lower their cortisol levels should aim to reduce stress. ...

*Eating a good diet. Dark chocolate may help to keep cortisol levels stable. ...

*Sleeping well. ...

*Trying relaxation techniques. ...

*Taking up a hobby. ...

*Learning to unwind. ...

*Laughing and having fun. ...

*Exercising.

No news there maybe, but Iโ€™ve underlined the best bits!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Do hope things improve for you soon.

I see weโ€™ve both got a match tonight....havenโ€™t sorted whatโ€™s on tv yet. Surely youโ€™re not going to Stamford Bridge???? Hope not, though Spurs should give you a good game....if theyโ€™re manager (canโ€™t spell his name!) doesnโ€™t lose it again!!

Lots of love, enjoy your enforced rest if you can. RELAXEZ VOUS!!

Lots of love ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐ŸŒธโšฝ๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’• Penny x

and a BIG HUG as youโ€™re poorly! Cyber ones donโ€™t hurt ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Youโ€™re on BT sport at 8pm, Iโ€™ll have to follow 5-live xx

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Thanks for the info ๐Ÿ˜˜

No I donโ€™t have BT sport..just at the local ๐Ÿ˜‰but Iโ€™ll listen to the radio if I canโ€™t find a way on my ipad.,

Love xx

Fran

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Actually now you mention it I think my legs got worse with the train journey, carrying the suitcase all over Paris, up and down trains..do you remember I had to lie down for a couple of days afterwards..just as I had the bronchitis..

My cortisol is very low, too low as my adrenal glands are not producing..hydrocortisone is supplementing..

Anyway I have doctors to worry about it for me..I am past understanding the ins and out of it all Penny.

I pop in the pills, have the injections, say thank you very much and tomorrow is another day..

Love xx

Fran

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Thatโ€™s just the relaxed attitude thatโ€™s needed! Yes, indeed I do remember your long tiring haul via Paris to London. I stood amazed ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I know I would have struggled to do it....probably stronger will than body!!

It sounds as though youโ€™ve benefitted from your trip overall, even if a few war wounds to sort out. You seem to be in good medical hands at least, Fran, so letโ€™s hope that as the weeks go by, all settles to something better ๐Ÿ˜˜ Good luck, my friend, ๐ŸŒท Penny x

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Thanks Penny ๐Ÿ’•

I read this..

nhs.uk/conditions/bursitis/

I waited too long I think..never mind xx

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Thank you, Fran ๐ŸŒท

It all sounds very painful for you ๐Ÿ˜จ. So sorry! ๐Ÿค— I do hope the pain improves soon.

Perhaps youโ€™ll be marooned in London while it sorts out?? We might meet yet!

At least your team won last night.....!! And so did ours....our wonder boy keeps on going....in a suit now!! โšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธ

Enjoy your day ๐ŸŽก child-minding for me again ๐Ÿ‘ซ

Love ๐Ÿ’• Penny xx

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Hmmmm talk to you next Wednesday again!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ’•

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We might not be on speaking terms by then ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š Ha! ๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿ˜‚

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๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒน

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'Ne'er cast a clout till May be out' enjoy the end of the sunny weather tomorrow my happy friend and a bit like your lovely flowers wrap up warm.

Hoping your injections kick in soon and give you a little more comfort and pain relief.

So even without Mbappe you cruised to a comfortable win tonight :)

Love Ski's and Scruff's xx

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Thank you my dear Skis ๐ŸŽฟ

Hope so but so far more paracetamol ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Dear Kylian Mโ€™Bappe was rested as he is our only good striker left before we meet Man U again!!

I thought it was boring, thatโ€™s my excuse for falling asleep at halftime ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have a nice day xx

Fran

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Hi Fran love the photo of your garden. You are certainly having a rough time at the moment but you always stay positive and keep smiling. Take care๐Ÿ˜Š Bernadette xx

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Hi Bernadette

Thank you..trying to keep smiling..had friends helping with the chemistโ€™s etc..and they are coming to check on me today, not that I need to but it cheers me up to see such kindness.

Take care too xx

Fran

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Wow has Spring already sprung over there? Our time goes back to daylight savings in another 10 days or so, thatโ€™s our first sign here things will be changing soon. I still have my precious flower pots covered with sheets as they arenโ€™t frost tolerant and they can drown from too much water it has, as of yesterday, started drying up a bit. Thanks for the pic,Spring will be here sooon

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That shot stung pretty good huh? It was the anesthetic that goes in before the steroid I believe is what hurts most. I really really hope it gives you some pain relief. Give it a good week or so to reach its full potential. ๐Ÿคž fingers crossed for you

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Hi Sandy

Thank you for your messages

No I didnโ€™t feel the injections..what hurt was when she had to rub the liquid in to make sure it did the trick.

But thatโ€™s life..

Fingers crossed ๐Ÿคž too xx

Fran

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Hi Fran, I love seeing all the photos of the beautiful flowers.

I too have had the injection in my hip for bursitis.

I didn't think it worked at the time but the pain has eased off over the past couple of years.

Recently I had back pain spasm, which was horrendous.

It happened during a coughing fit.

Strong pain killers were needed.

I hope you are feeling better soon.

Marian xx

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Hi Marian,

Oh poor you..do consult asap, it takes such a long time to get those appointments and then to improve.

I hope it will work out too. Both sides! I donโ€™t know which leg to stand on ๐Ÿ˜‚

I have a new pharmacy in my suitcase ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I tell you, trying to send parcels home every week so I can lighten my suitcase!

Take good care of yourself xx

Fran

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Hello Fran, glad you got things sorted a pity you have to rest but it will do you good. The pain clinic just suggested I take more paracetamol, theres no cure. So in my opinion your lucky to have got it sorted before you go there in May even though I know you are in another country receiving your treatment. Good luck with the rest and the garden looks nice just like early spring. Its so warm here I have mini daffs blooming already and Hyacinths, probably be killed off when the weather changes at the end of the week. Enjoy your day. xx

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Hello Kate,

Yes you are right. I couldnโ€™t imagine taking 2 trains, changing stations in Paris in that state. I was wondering when I would be fit enough to go home!

She was very kind, she also consults for Arthritis UK. She said to tell the Endocrinologist I should be back on prednisolone instead of Hydrocortisone because I had Rhumatoid problems. Will he listen..

Paracetamol and cold, so ice packs seem to be the trend. They donโ€™t want to give anything stronger over 65 she said with the new anti-opioids findings etc

Flowers are ephemeral like the good weather but we have our pictures!๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒป

Hope it doesnโ€™t snow again in Switzerland when I get back!

Wishing you well,

Fran xx

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That's a tidy border, Fran, lovely sharp edge to the grass and hardly any debris from the winter ravages. Gardenng is all backache, but worth it.

When I was in my late fifties I was crippled with hip pain. Went to the doctors, he gave me an injection in the hip for bursitis and tkd me that would clear it up. It turned out to be arthritis and a life long pain. I take cider vinegar and honey in warm water each morning when it is troublesome, believe it helps. Love Iris x

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Thank you my dear Iris.

I shall follow your advice ๐ŸŒธx

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Well Iris i must blame you now for leaving me with a picture in my mind of a drunken honey bee smelling like a fish and chip shop :)

Cheeky Ski's and his naughty cat x

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Don't knock ' it ' til you've tried it!

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Lovely photo. Glorious sunshine flowers to brighten the day. Hope you are on the mend. x

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Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š xx

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Here's hoping they do work.

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Thank you Kitten ๐Ÿฑ xx

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Hi Fran, wow those injections are so painful you poor thing, fingers crossed it works and you dont need to have them again, but if it does the trick then it will have been worth it.

The garden is looking good and just starting to grow, a quick tidy up will have it shipshape.

I did some tidying up last weekend and cut the grass, must admit it really did me in. My rheumatoid is in flare up and so painful, I should have paced myself better and my shoulder will take some settling down but hey hum, shouldnt have been so impatient.

Have just started with a cold and am hoping it will pass quickly.

Well hun, hope you feel like a new lady when these injections take effect.

Take care xx

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Hi Irene,

Glad you enjoyed the weather and the garden is looking good.

Maybe those sudden changes in the weather are affecting our joints, who knows. Rubbing that arnica oil balm from Weleda is certainly helping me.

Do nurse that cold. I am chesty now, taking hot teas etc thinking all steroids are keeping me afloat ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I didnโ€™t feel the injections at all. She injected an anaesthetic first lidocaine then the steroids. After it was a little painful when she rubbed the injection liquid in but not more than a bruise I would say.

Well after nearly 48 hours of resting off my feet my knees are still a little painful tonight but my right ankle and heel still hurt when I put my foot down. I will carry on with ice and paracetamol until I see her again on the 7th but start walking around a little tomorrow to keep my strength.

I will look around Boots for some of those gel insoles tomorrow, see if that helps.

Take good care of yourself xx

Love,

Fran ๐ŸŒผ

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Fran, daffodils....one of my favorites!!

Take good care of you,

Meg ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท

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It looks lovely, thanks for sending it round. Sorry to hear about your pain, I hope it eases a bit soon. It will soon be safe to sit outside, I can't wait

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Hi Fran, I hope you do well with the injections and find relief for your pain. The weather has been beautiful here but has change today very foggy and cold. All the spring flowers are ready to come out will have a good show of daffodils when they do my favourite flower. Bought a bunch yesterday they look lovely. Take care dear Fran Majt ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’ž ๐ŸŒน

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Hi Majt ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆš

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

I will need another round to get sorted I think.

Yes wet and grey here but that was to be expected.

Still Gardenerโ€™s World is back on this week!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŒผ

Love,

Fran xx

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Biodiversity hey ๐Ÿ‘‹ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒปx

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