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If you've ever...you may have PMR

I was on a two hour drive back from my Rheumatologist's office yesterday and I amused myself by thinking about some of the crazier aspects of having PMR (Jeff Foxworthy style to the Americans in the forum). I came up with a few personal examples and hope some of you will add a few more:)

If you've ever found yourself using a broom to knock the coffee can out of the overhead cupboard that just a few weeks ago was within easy reach...well...you might have PMR.

If you've ever, however briefly, considered calling emergency services (911 here in the States) to tell them "I have fallen into the kitty litter and I can't get out!"...then, yes, you might have PMR.

If you've ever googled "tilt-a-bed" imagining a bed that will roll side to side, gently helping you to roll out of bed in the morning, only to find that "tilt-a-beds" are the beds that are wired to spring back into a secret wall cubby in the morning, and find the imagery of yourself stuck in that bed absolutely terrifying...then...that's a sign you have PMR.

Upon the pharmacy tech telling you that your refill is limited to 10 tablets because they are running low on prednisone, if you stand there in quiet shock, all while imagining yourself leaping across the counter, grabbing them by the shoulders and yelling "Don't you understand what that MEANS????"...then you very well could have PMR.

If you've ever addressed your bottle of little white prednisone tablets with "Come to Mommy my little preeeeettyyyy!"...well that's quite decent sign you have PMR.

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This is waaaay too funny!!!!!😂🤣

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It's brilliant and can totally relate to it. Also need ...If you've ever got in the bath and wondered how you will get out.......

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Or looked at the bath wondering how to get in..........

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😂yup

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Oh, you got me pegged! 🤦‍♀️

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Oh yes, and having to call your hubby to help you out. Then he’s incapacitated with laughter and you both almost drown!

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....or after 20mins of struggling in vain to get out of the bath wondered which one of your friends, neighbours or even the fire service would you contact for the indignity of removing you from said bath.... then vowing never again (until diagnosis and the magical pred then the whole bathroom became a playground and not a place of torture)

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If you ever did a practice run of getting into the tub with no water and fully clothed (in case you have to get help) to see if you can get out.....

I don't take baths anymore.

Oh I had one of my bouts of hysterical laughter which is not helpful trying to get out of tub....

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Haha, my wife always says "take a hot bath with some Epsom salts, it will feel great"...it does too, except for the half hour spent trying to get up and out of it, by that time I need another one or a pain pill..

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Thanks for laugh at 7 am

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Love it!!!!

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If you have ever wanted to hurt the very pokie person in line in front of you... Because you are so irritable.

When you lie when asked how are you today

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If you have ever looked at your front steps, which you used to bound up with ease, and wondered how they got so steep.

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Loving these comments 😁

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If you've ever, however briefly, considered calling emergency services (911 here in the States) to tell them "I have fallen into the kitty litter and I can't get out!"...then, yes, you might have PMR.

I'm very sorry Rosedail, but I giggled far too much at this!

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Or, in my case only yesterday, narrowly avoided a headlong tumble into the compost bucket!

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Oh! Maria and Rosedail, if you could only see the mental images in my brain!

They involve legs sticking out of things they oughtn't, and puzzled firemen grinning at your predicaments ;)

(Fire personnel being the emergency service we call in the UK to extricate people from things....cars....accidents....kitty litter.....compost!!!!)

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If you've ever left a terrible movie playing on the TV because reaching for the remote just wasn't worth it...

If you've ever sipped brandy through a straw to get that nice warm glow without having to lift the snifter...

If you've ever wanted to use your walking stick to beat some young chicklet bounding up the stairs two at a time...

If you've ever come home from the pharmacy and opened your prescription bag only to find that you have a child-proof bottle of pred you can't open...

If you've taken to wearing clothes without buttons or zippers...

If you've ever had to struggle further with your hair because you can't reach up to put on a hat, or worn your socks from the gym to bed because you can't get them off...

...you've probably got PMR.

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What hair? You mean the frizz that's left that has a mind of its own. I could reach it but it's really futile.

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Ha! Yeah! My hair is like somebody else's hair. I have no idea what it's going to do tomorrow.

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Thank you for sharing it's great

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Thank you Good Grief, that did make me laugh.

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It is so funny but so true.Can really relate to it!😊

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Have I ever:

Have you ever started carrying bandaids and antibiotic ointment in your purse, and maybe a tweezer because your skin has become so delicate that almost any rough or pointy object can pierce it? Yesterday, in the visor mirror, I realized that the scratch on my neck was really a splinter from some old wood I'd moved the day before. At the next light, the sun illuminated the splinter perfectly, with my handy tweezer I withdrew the splinter, and applied some antibiotic ointment. It was a long light.

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Hahahahahaha. I love it!! And all so true!!

I would have to add.... If you walk the same path and find yourself looking for a place to sit down and think.... this seemed much shorter an hour ago.... Then you just may have PMR

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Hilariously TRUE. Thank you for helping me/us laugh and laugh again!

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Great post for a morning smile :-)

When the air turns blue as you shout obscenities at the ridiculous, repetitive 'news' on tv - my steroid tongue is surprisingly creative... (I do live on my own!)

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Not the steroids - PMR causes one to use colourful language too!!! And not because of any of the symptoms...

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PMRpro, no idea what you B****y mean. Can you please explain your @^$"! self more clearly? :-D

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:-) Moi?????????

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:-D

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Flummoxed! Not steroids, not symptoms .. just general bad behaviour!! Intriguing comment PMRpro :-)

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Wonderful humour on a foggy Thursday morning. Kitty litter is crazy funny. And all the rest, thank you. xxx

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So true! Mark Benjamin beware - you have a rival in Rosedail!

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Ha ha Rugger - I like a bit of competition! :-)

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Thanks for the laugh at 5:00 am, Pred time! Yup, MB has competiton!

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I agree! ;-)

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Glad you are willing to share the stage!

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Of course..! :-)

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Brilliant! Thank you Rosedail, because laughter really is the best medicine...

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Hi Rosedail,

Add to that - Getting something out the bottom of the fridge, then having to crawl out of the kitchen and into the lounge to drag yourself up on a chair to standing position.

I have had to change my separate fridge and freezer for a combined fridge/freezer or we would have starved by now. Hubby has problems with back too.

Marci

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That's great stuff Rosedail, thanks for the giggle, it sums things up perfectly! ;-)

As a couple of you say, you are some serious competition for me on The Lighter Side.. but I don't mind that at all! :-)

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Oooh! That IS quite a compliment markbenjamin57. I am honored!

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Might just 'nick' some of these for fillers in the next newsletter.

Warning in advance...................any objections will be totally ignored.................:)

I will plead insanity due to .......................being in remission.

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When you want to give a Scottish Kiss to someone who says "You look so well" I think we can say you probably have PMR

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Thanks for A laugh at 7 am😅

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If you’ve ever sat up all night because you can’t face trying to get off the sofa...

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Susanspurs At my lowest point, I did exactly that, for about 3 weeks! Slept sitting up on settee with cushions under feet because footstool was too high 😰 Too sore to lie back in bed. Hope those days are long gone.

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Me too, spent a few nights in the recliner, hopefully not again.

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Many a night in the comfy chair.

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If you've ever dropped something on the floor and left it there because the pain of bending to pick it up is too much, you've probably got PMR

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So so true lol

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Well said😊

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If you ever sat in a chair for three hours because no one was awake yet to help you stand up, ( oh, and you need to use the loo)

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If you ever sat on the bus and forgot to get off!

If you ever crawled up the stairs on your hands and knees.

If you ever get so irritable you eat 2 kit kats and a large bag of maltesers!!!

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And then you get to be irritable because of the sugar rush...

But yes to the crawling up the stairs on hands and knees!!!!!

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I'm irritable most of the time!!

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Me too - but I was particularly bolshey with untreated PMR...

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.. If you ever let the cat out and waited for hours for it to come back in. Then remember that you don't own a cat...? :- / :-D

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This thread so funny!! I think though I'd be really panicking if at the pharmacy and the hadn't got my tablets - hasn't happened yet!

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Throwing yourself on the couch when you think you are unable to take one more step, and you realize you don't have the remote control, phone or Kindle in reach but are too bushed to get up for it , so you just lie, looking up at the ceiling needing to pee, to boot.

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When you think you took your steroids but then you second-guess yourself and imagine yourself dropping dead because you overdosed or thinking you didn’t take them at all and imagine yourself not being able to get out of bed because you actually didn’t take them!

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I've imagined both of those!!!

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All so funny ... thank you !

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If you have ever paid your bills online three times because of the fog brain and overdrawn your bank account, them you probably have PMR. If you have ever found your uncooked pasta in the silverware drawer or your purse in the refrigerator then you probably have PMR.

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Oh, I loved this! Especially the kitty litter and the pharmacist!! 😄

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😂😂Everything but the kitty litter....

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