Model Boat Mayhem

Mess Deck: General Section => Chit-Chat => Topic started by: Tug-Kenny on December 19, 2011, 08:53:01 PM

Title: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Tug-Kenny on December 19, 2011, 08:53:01 PM
I thought I would start a medical section.  This is NOT meant to be taken seriously or to frighten any body, but to ask for simple advice like Wot Granny would recommend.

I shall start this off by saying I will be 70 soon and don't think much of that. I still think like a 25 year old but find there are things my body will not allow.  (no funny comments lads)

My reason for bringing up this subject is that, lately I have be seeing spots in my right eye. These appear as blurry spots and flashing colours across my vision which move when I'm looking around. The effect has come on in the the last 5 days and I wondered if it might be due to Spray painting my boat.

I have been working in my garage with the doors shut and a proper spray mask with twin filters. I didn't notice any repulsive smells and kept working away for around two hours. My wife came in and ran out because of the strong fumes. We wondered if there was build up of carbon dioxide in the mask as it was wet.

I do know and appreciate air ventilation systems and will certainly NOT ever be doing this again.  It may be just a coincidence, but wondered if anyone else has experience of this.  Have I poisoned myself ??  

I am booked in with the professionals tomorrow for a more accurate analysis but wondered if fellow boat builders have come across this. It's disturbing (to say the least) when trying to build now as it won't go away, and even affects me looking at this screen. I find dark glasses help at the moment.

ken


ps

Just Googled it.   My advice here is don't ................................ <:(   I feel worse now


 
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Post by: andyn on December 19, 2011, 09:13:34 PM
Have you considered the fact you may have had the spray nozzle pointed in the wrong direction? Aternatively, try taking your glasses off and see if that helps %)
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Post by: RaaArtyGunner on December 19, 2011, 09:31:22 PM

Would seem you have joined the "Club", welcome aboard.
Google "floaters in eye" and follow it up.
The reality is, the brain does not age as quickly in some cases, as the body.
The more active you are the more it is noticeable.
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 19, 2011, 09:35:13 PM
Ken,

I would think it is unlikely to be due to your modelling activities and could be due to your age. You are doing the right thing to get it checked out as soon as possible as there are many things which can affect your vision as you get older. The symptoms you describe are possibly indicative of retinal tear or detachment which can be fixed if you seek help straightaway as you are doing.

I noticed earlier this year that I was becoming increasingly short sighted at a very rapid rate. Being already very deaf and also suffering from glaucoma (hopefully stabilised) it set the alarm bells ringing. Being both deaf and blind is not exactly an enticing prospect!

In my case it seems that I have cataracts in both eyes, one worse than the other. My consultant recommended a cataract operation immediately after Christmas which I am having done privately as it would take several months to sort out on the NHS and there is the risk that I might otherwise have to stop driving.

Andy, these things are no joking matter and your post is out of order. One day you will be old too - if you are lucky.

Colin
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Post by: JB on December 19, 2011, 09:37:22 PM
You could try the Optrex eyebath treatment...see if that helps?

What type of paint we're you spraying?...I find acrylic the worst and now only use enamels, not nice when its eye trouble {:-{

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Post by: nemesis on December 19, 2011, 09:46:05 PM
Hi, I go along with Colin, go and see the pro,s ASAP. Hope it is not serious, Nemesis
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Post by: RaaArtyGunner on December 19, 2011, 09:50:13 PM
JB,

Think it has nothing to do with model boating as such.

Sounds very much like "floaters" which Colin has described or hopefully, simple eye migraine.

Definitely needs to be checked, you take no chances with your eyes.
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Post by: Welsh Wizard on December 19, 2011, 09:54:31 PM
Colin I have NO doubt in my mind that Andy's comment was NOT a derrogatory comment at all it was meant to lighten the situation.There is NO way on earth that Spray can Aerosols will have that effect on you Ken.Definatly YOU are doing the right thing in getting yourself checked out.



Dave
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Post by: Patrick Henry on December 19, 2011, 09:56:02 PM
Ken, this takes me back years to when I suffered a detached retina in my left eye...it was like looking at a computer screen and seeing each individual pixel, a very strange feeling indeed, and to be honest, very scary.

It was put down to the fact that I'd fractured my skull when I was seventeen and have a plate in my head, I can't remember the exact diagnosis, but it was something to do with that. Medication and an eye patch for a couple of weeks cured it, but I still get the same even now, especially after a period of concentrating on assembling small items.

You've done the right thing in seeking medical advice, I hope all goes well for you. Keep us informed, huh?




Rich
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Post by: andyn on December 19, 2011, 09:57:06 PM
Colin I have NO doubt in my mind that Andy's comment was NOT a derrogatory comment at all it was meant to lighten the situation.

Exactly....
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Post by: Marks Model Bits on December 19, 2011, 10:03:37 PM
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Andy, these things are no joking matter and your post is out of order. One day you will be old too - if you are lucky.

For christs sake it was a joke!!!! Lighten up >>:-( >>:-(
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 19, 2011, 10:33:08 PM
Of course it was a joke, I realise that, but Ken is looking for reassurance in what is a scary situation and juvenile humour doesn't help so it's not a question of 'lighten up' more a case of 'grow up'.

Mark, would you have appreciated it if members had poked fun and had a laugh at the expense at Angie's recent problems?

Colin
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Post by: JB on December 19, 2011, 10:35:51 PM
JB,

Think it has nothing to do with model boating as such.

Sounds very much like "floaters" which Colin has described or hopefully, simple eye migraine.

Definitely needs to be checked, you take no chances with your eyes.

May not be related to Ken's spray painting I agree but just a suggestion to try to ease the discomfort, grazed the surface of my right eye over 20 years ago which was repaired by a surgeon but its still sensitive to irritation :-X

I occasionally get 'floaters', they look like bits of string drifting around! usually after looking at a PC screen for too long or close up modelling (I'm 58)

Of course a specialist examination is required here...as soon as possible too.

Lets hope Ken finds out what the problem is quickly.

JB.





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Post by: Tug-Kenny on December 19, 2011, 10:37:55 PM


Thank you all for your concern. I've just switched on the PC for a quick read before bed.    Just seen the smiley to match the situation  ok2.

I'm inclined to think it's not the paint at all Dave and have indeed Googled it.  Mind you, I'm not sure I'm going to sleep well.  Will report back after visit tomorrow. 

cheers,  great support.    :-))

ken

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Post by: Marks Model Bits on December 19, 2011, 10:45:07 PM

Mark, would you have appreciated it if members had poked fun and had a laugh at the expense at Angie's recent problems?


Why not, I did!!   Limpy, hop along and putting her crutches just out of reach were some of the tame ones.... My personal fave was when she bent over her scars made it look like her backside was frowning!!!
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Post by: Abuelo3 on December 19, 2011, 10:56:15 PM
I'm a General Practice MD with some postgrades and a lot of experience in Opthalmologic deceases, so a beg You, go today, yestarday to the Opthalmologic specialist and get now the blood pressure mesarued, sorry but it can be a real medical Urgency.
Best wishes.
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Post by: Welsh Wizard on December 19, 2011, 10:59:05 PM
I'm a General Practice MD with some postgrades and a lot of experience in Opthalmologic deceases, so a beg You, go today, yestarday to the Opthalmologic specialist and get now the blood pressure mesarued, sorry but it can be a real medical Urgency.
Best wishes.

My father was an optician and cant agree more with what you are saying.



Dave
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 19, 2011, 11:12:14 PM
Andy and I have now exchanged PMs and I hope we now appreciate each other's point of view better. I understand that he meant no harm in his post and was only trying to reassure Ken who I hope will get a positive diagnosis tomorrow.

Mark, have you showed your post to Angie? My understanding was that she was in a lot of pain previously and I hope that she is fully recovered now. I know people joke about these things to deal with the situation but when you come down to it, it isn't really funny is it?

Colin
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Post by: Marks Model Bits on December 19, 2011, 11:21:37 PM
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Mark, have you showed your post to Angie?

Yes I did...... Before I posted it and if she didn't agree to it, it wouldn't have been posted......

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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 19, 2011, 11:33:59 PM
You didn't answer my question though....  Is it really funny?

Last year, afrer a negative bowel cancer screening, I had an internal inspection.  Basically they shove a camera up your nether regions and you can watch it on video as it happens. It's amazing how far they can get... You can almost see what you had for lunch the previous day.

Afterwards, while waiting for the results, I was sitting next to another guy who had had the same procedure. He looked pretty miserable until I said that it was the first time I'd really been up myself which made him laugh. But really, it wasn't all that funny.

Colin
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Post by: Marks Model Bits on December 19, 2011, 11:40:33 PM
Yes it is funny....
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Post by: pugwash on December 19, 2011, 11:42:07 PM
Kenny mentioned this to my wife tonight (she's a retired GP and worked at Sunderlland eye Infirmary for two years.)
Her answer was DONT MUCK ABOUT WHERE YOUR EYES ARE CONCERNED get them checked out with your GP who can
soon refer you to the ophthalmology clinic at your local hospital if it is needed - if it isn't needed he can at least put your mind at rest.

Geoff
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 19, 2011, 11:43:44 PM
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Yes it is funny....

Well, I think we will have to disagree on that then!

Still love your gear though.

Colin
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Post by: cuppa on December 19, 2011, 11:47:49 PM
Hi Colin

I just wanted to reassure you that Ken would not have taken offence at Mark's post. Ken dropped in for a coffee and a chat a while back and he did mention that he and Mark know each other.

Ken is one of life's true gentlemen and has a wonderful sense of humour!

Cheers
          Jon
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Post by: RaaArtyGunner on December 19, 2011, 11:49:15 PM
Ah me hearties, it is good to see that Mayhem is alive and well, long she live  %) %) %) {-) {-) {-)
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 20, 2011, 12:00:14 AM
Cuppa,

Yes I have met Ken on a number of occasions. A true gentleman as you say, which is why I really feel for him having experienced similar problems of my own.

I have found that passing 60 seems to be a bit of a watershed. As Ken quite rightly says, mentally you feel the same as you always did but your body doesn't play ball. Younger people fail to appreciate that and tend to take a rather too frivolous attitude towards age related afflictions. Their turn will come of course and my consolation is that I retired at a younger age than they will be able to.  :}

Colin
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Post by: andyn on December 20, 2011, 12:42:01 AM
Younger people fail to appreciate that and tend to take a rather too frivolous attitude towards age related afflictions. Their turn will come of course and my consolation is that I retired at a younger age than they will be able to.  :}

I'm 19, and a couple of years back I suffered a month of tendonitis in my left leg and foot and could hardly walk. I now quite possibly have varicose veins in both legs, just like my dad, and his father.

I think I do appreciate the 'attitude to age related afflictions', because I have one of them already.
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Post by: DickyD on December 20, 2011, 12:43:01 AM
All the best with the check up Ken. Just remember there is always someone worse off than you. Me.

As Godo said, get to the doctors and let them sort it out. Keep off the Googling, all you will do is worry the life out of yourself.

Last time I had similar symptoms to yours it was caused by high blood pressure which was easily sorted out.

Let me know how you get on mate. :-))
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 20, 2011, 12:51:05 AM
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I think I do appreciate the 'attitude to age related afflictions', because I have one of them already.

Well, I can sympathise with that Andy and I hope that you have made a full recovery. At your age it should be possiible to sort things out for the future with a bit of luck.

Ken has really kicked something off with this topic! Can it be possible that there exists a member of Model Boat Mayhem without some sort orf acute medical problem?

Colin
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Post by: RaaArtyGunner on December 20, 2011, 01:44:25 AM
Well, I can sympathise with that Andy and I hope that you have made a full recovery. At your age it should be possiible to sort things out for the future with a bit of luck.

Ken has really kicked something off with this topic! Can it be possible that there exists a member of Model Boat Mayhem without some sort orf acute medical problem?

Colin

We can only hope.
Realistically the law of probability and human frailty, makes that a slim percentage at best.
Young people think they are bullet proof, it will never happen to me.
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Post by: Norseman on December 20, 2011, 02:33:52 AM
Kenny good luck tomorrow :-))

I have my fair share of medical problems. I'm 54 and I suppose most (not all) are my own fault.
I don't mind people laughing with me about them - but of course not laughing at me. That is the
only distinction I choose to find important.

Many problems you can get pills, advice or surgery for, but the doctor has been quite brutal lads,
there is nothing he can do about my big mouth  {-) I'm Scouse so what can you expect eh?

Calm Down, Calm Down ................ there I go being a stereotype again, ho hum  ;D

Dave
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Post by: Peter Fitness on December 20, 2011, 03:18:48 AM
Can it be possible that there exists a member of Model Boat Mayhem without some sort orf acute medical problem?

Probably, but the chances are they are among the younger brigade, although Andy-MMB contradicts that assumption. I have 2 plates and 13 screws in my left leg, which I broke in 1999, and an artificial knee in my right leg, as of 6 months ago. However, I am still very active and, while both legs get sore occasionally, I feel I am not too badly off when I see others of a similar age to me (75 next month <:( ) I ride my bike fairly regularly, walk quite a bit, and have been busy renovating the house at our farm, where we will be moving to in late January or early February.

Peter.
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Post by: More Coffee on December 20, 2011, 04:10:45 AM
Guy's
Its like this ...

Were all manly men, beer,lass's, big powerful boats..

I'm 40.A kid by some standard's O0 LOL!

One thing I well absolutely suggest an another is an absolute mandate
#A-- Get your prostate checked

#B..and this is not negotiable,based on life experience..Any pain in your testicles for more than 4 hrs get to a doctor..#B.1=== And this goes for mostly the younger crowd..again based on experience..Talk to your doctor about how to inspect your testicle's..especially if your less 30yrs old..and a guy isn't off the hook over 30 either. Cancer grows at a ridiculous rate in our genital region ..You may well be saving your own life (both of them)learning a few simple techniques..

Guy's getting red in the face in front of your doctor is alot better than white knuckle scared awaiting surgery or pale grey in front of the mortician.

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Post by: irishcarguy on December 20, 2011, 08:24:38 AM
I hope all works out well for you Ken, it is probably a temporary thing, at least we all hope so. Somehow our brains do not get old like our bodies do, I am still 25 in my head, now if only my body would behave the same way. I find since I had a stroke & have high blood pressure that my eye sight changes on a daily basis. Sometimes I can see better without my glasses than with them. A change in Blood pressure changes the curve of your eyeball & that changes the focus. Our eyes are not what they used to be as we get older( I am 66) However when I get up every morning & I am still looking down on the grass, it is much better than looking up at the roots. Sometimes I have pains where I did not know I had a body. Because of our hobby we have a tendency to over work our eyes, my eye doctor once said to me " you don't drive your car flat out all the time, why do you do it to your eyes". At the time I was really into building electronic kits ( Heathkit ) Andy I thought you joke was quite harmless but when the problem is health related some of us are very sensitive about it ( not Me ) I have just had some tests done, Ultrasound & Xrays, the Doctor said there is a suspicion that there is a lump on my liver that needs further checking. He said "go & enjoy your holidays & see me when you get back". That is exactly what I intend to do. ( we are going to Maui) At that time they will do an MRI scan. AM I worried, just a little, but when I am looking all the nice bikini's & girls in them it will help to put my mind on better things.( No rude or smart remarks please) Merry Christmas & a happy New Year EVERYBODY. Mick B.   
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Post by: guitar man on December 20, 2011, 08:34:18 AM
Good luck with things and hope it gets sorted out.

Regards Tony
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on December 20, 2011, 10:44:31 AM

Hi everyone.

As Colin says, this could prove to be our release blog section. It's great to have a trouble shared as it's a trouble halved. I'm overwhelmed by your support. Thank you.

I was up early  (mmph!!!) and waiting outside their door along with 32 others, so have only just got back.

There is a problem so they have advised going to the opticians first for an 'in depth test' with their  (better ?)  machines and then I have to go to the eye hospital. The car has been banned so it's out with the Bus pass.  (scheesh it's not a good picture of me on that)

Jon is also correct about the prostrate and Bladder in us boaty's. I'm have been on this route for the 5 years and hopefully coming out the other side. Ah! the miracle of modern medicine , eh Godo. (nice to hear from you)

I nominate Dicky D as leader of this section. What with his experiences and anecdotes this column could run and run. I have a two hour break waiting for the next section of the adventure to begin so I shall relax in a darkened room.   :} :} :} :}


Thank you all once again

Ken



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Post by: DickyD on December 20, 2011, 11:06:28 AM

I nominate Dicky D as leader of this section. What with his experiences and anecdotes this column could run and run. I have a two hour break waiting for the next section of the adventure to begin so I shall relax in a darkened room.   :} :} :} :}


Thank you all once again

Ken


Thanks Ken, are you insinuating that I am the one with the most ailments on the forum ?

Anyone wanting to know about COPD or emphysema, cause and effects, or just want to talk about it please contact me.

Either PM or on the forum will do, or Skype if you like.

Best of luck Ken, speak to you later.  (http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/Smileys/drinking25.gif)
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Post by: cuppa on December 20, 2011, 11:18:09 AM
The car has been banned so it's out with the Bus pass.  (scheesh it's not a good picture of me on that

You have my sympathy Ken! When I started having seizures following my stroke I lost my driving licence on medical grounds. At first it seemed like the end of the world (unable to work, unable to drive and the seizures) but you can get used to and accept almost anything. But what the heck - I got a bus pass and now have accepted that i will never drive again. In truth i would not want to drive if I posed any kind of a risk to others. Life changed but I still enjoy myself and find that it is possible to have a good and happy life within the restrictions imposed by my medical condition.

Hopefully the doctors will sort the problem out for you and you will be back driving soon.

Wishing you a speedy and full recovery.

Cheers
          Jon
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on December 20, 2011, 03:51:25 PM

Thanks Jon

Gentlemen, we have the definitive answer.  The results of tests show that I have
 
            Posterial Vitreous Detatchment.

What's that, I hear you say.  :}   It seem that the inside of the eyeball has started to break away from the skull and torn at the connecting wires and allowed a floater into the back of the eyeball. This will move with out a care in the world and appear sometimes in the vision as a small furry cloud.

They have sent me on my way all smiles and relief and told to live with it.  8)  Hey Ho. the wonders of modern science. I am allowed to drive and lead a normal life, so it's back to the workshop for me.

                       

Regards to you all and thank you for your interest.

                                     Next case please.

Ken

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Post by: DickyD on December 20, 2011, 03:59:31 PM
Nice one Ken, forget the boat for a moment and go and make your good lady a nice cup of tea and apologize for worrying the life out of her.

Seriously though, great news even with your furry cloud which [ might improve your painting]. 
(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p8/DickyD_photos/111017115313315746.gif)
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on December 20, 2011, 04:17:00 PM

Thanks Richard. It is indeed a happy house. Mind you, at the moment I've got eyeballs like saucers, due to the fluid they squirted in.

It's great to have our club with help from members all over the world. Very comforting in times of need. To be honest, when it happened, I was painting at the time.  haven't been back in there yet to see if it went wrong as 'She' has forbidden any work until after Xmas. Will be looking out for smudges.   {-)

Come on Chaps, someone else's problem please or I'll talk about the day I was hammering a white hot piece of steel  (held in pliers)  ooooooooh!! .

ken

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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 20, 2011, 04:26:29 PM
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Posterial Vitreous Detatchment.

Sounds as if your bottom has fallen off into the water....

Very glad it was nothing more serious.

Colin
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Post by: Abuelo3 on December 20, 2011, 04:31:06 PM
My Mother, who is a an MD too, when tell me about hers deceases, always the most exotic and rare, some day She said, MIJITO(thats meaning my little son) I'm getting blind, what are you going to do?, well I take hers glasses and washed it, the severe opthalmologic disease was washed away :D, I have cancer of the Prostate, I'm came from two surgeries, test every month, a lot of RX, gamma gramas, tomography's, etc every 3 month, but I can do it because of the sense of humor, I make funny Jock every time about it and it worked for me and Family, we do not take the cancer seriously, but I get my test very seriously way.
Best wishes for all You Gentlemen
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Post by: Abuelo3 on December 20, 2011, 04:35:31 PM
Dear Tug I'm happy about that, now is time to get some test to Cholesterol in blood. of course in January. best wishes
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Post by: Patrick Henry on December 20, 2011, 04:45:48 PM
Greta news Ken, I'm well pleased for you. A fair load off your mind, I bet...


Rich
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Post by: Martin [Admin] on December 20, 2011, 04:51:23 PM

 Did they do the usual checks for advance adolescence  insanity ... or did you remind him you're into model boats?!   %)



 Good news Kenny boy, put your feet up for Christmas.  :kiss:
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on December 20, 2011, 04:57:56 PM
Dear Tug I'm happy about that, now is time to get some test to Cholesterol in blood. of course in January. best wishes

Hi Godo

Funny you say that. My good lady has been just been diagnosed with diabetes and we have invested in the home blood testing Kit. I was designated the administrator of said kit.    %)

Of course I had to have a go on myself and wished I hadn't.  My readings are over the top as well so you could be right. Does a reading of 10.2 mean anything  ?


Hi U33.

You wanna believe it. Phew and phew again. I thought at first it was a stroke.


Hi Martin

I nearly bought the cakes all round but remembered where I was.

Merry Christmas Chief


ken

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Post by: cuppa on December 20, 2011, 06:20:49 PM
This is excellent news Ken!

Cheers
          Jon
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Post by: geids on December 20, 2011, 06:21:16 PM
Hi, when feeling sorry for myself, about my ache's and pains, I alway remember the line Billy Connelly came out with when offering sympathy to Old Tam and his very bad cough. Tam's reply, "The graveyard is full of people that would love to have my problems"
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Post by: andyn on December 20, 2011, 06:44:02 PM
Good to hear you're ok and haven't painted your glasses mate ;)

You really must pop round for a cuppa again soon, your boats getting in the way....

Andy :-)
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Post by: Abuelo3 on December 20, 2011, 07:17:24 PM
Dear Tug
I send an personal mail, did You get it???
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Post by: Norseman on December 20, 2011, 07:17:55 PM
Hey Kenny

have you had a diabetes test? Blood sugars do go up and down  but you said 10.2 I think and I
have to keep mine around 6 I was told. seem to be managing 6.2 but still losing/having some
odd sensation/loss in my fingers (I need to go back). Suggest you have a diabetes test mate -
I admit I became diabetic purely to get the free prescriptions  %% O0

Dave
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Post by: Corposant on December 20, 2011, 08:33:24 PM
Ken

I agree with Norseman - you should mention that reading to your G.P. (and I suspect Godo has said the same).

Mike
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on December 20, 2011, 08:35:54 PM
Dear Tug
I send an personal mail, did You get it???

Hi Godo

Yes and I have just replied. Thank you for writing

Ken
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on December 20, 2011, 08:37:17 PM
Good to hear you're ok and haven't painted your glasses mate ;)

You really must pop round for a cuppa again soon, your boats getting in the way....

Andy :-)

Cheers Andy & Co.

Yes, I'll be around soon

ken

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Post by: Tug-Kenny on December 20, 2011, 08:48:54 PM

The Blood/Sugar levels are a topic of conversation all the time in our household as we have this little machine the measures it.  I made a mistake with my figures as my reading was 7.2  (it's still in the memory thank goodness).

I shall try a fresh reading first thing in the morning and not in the evening after a glutinous day.  %)  but to be certain, I shall take Godo's advice and consult the Doctor to make sure.

All this typing is making my one and a half eyes dizzy.    %)

cheers

ken




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Post by: Norseman on December 20, 2011, 08:51:46 PM
Stress can up your blood sugars too Kenny - and you have been stressed re your eyesight.

Dave
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Post by: RaaArtyGunner on December 20, 2011, 09:27:28 PM
Thanks Jon

Gentlemen, we have the definitive answer.  The results of tests show that I have
 
            Posterial Vitreous Detatchment.

What's that, I hear you say.  :}   It seem that the inside of the eyeball has started to break away from the skull and torn at the connecting wires and allowed a floater into the back of the eyeball. This will move with out a care in the world and appear sometimes in the vision as a small furry cloud.

They have sent me on my way all smiles and relief and told to live with it.  8)  Hey Ho. the wonders of modern science. I am allowed to drive and lead a normal life, so it's back to the workshop for me.

                       

Regards to you all and thank you for your interest.

                                     Next case please.

Ken


At least you now know what is happening and when it does return from time to time, you can manage it and ignore the "floater", blemish when you are painting.
Seems to be worse the more fatigued you become.
No doubt the body saying, give me a break, have a rest. O0 O0 O0 O0
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Post by: brianB6 on December 20, 2011, 09:35:54 PM
I must agree with having ones Prostate PSA levels checked.
I had my Prostate out over 10 years ago and with zero readings for 6 years was told I was cured.
The readings came back after 8 years and I am now on female hormone treatment with its attendant "Hot Flushes".
My specialist says that I will last at least 20 years.
What other doctor will give you 20 years?   ok2  %%
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 20, 2011, 10:15:31 PM
Agree abouit prostate (why do so many people spell it prostrate?)

But isn't it odd that the initial investigation for a possible prostate problem has exactly tha same effect as having eye drops for an eye examination? Both really cause your pupils to dilate...  :o

Colin
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Post by: Norseman on December 20, 2011, 10:24:19 PM
This is absolutely true
John first had a camera up his rear
I later had one inserted via the front
Tommy was then told he needed to swallow a camera

He came into work this day and told us all about it
and when we said
'you know they've only got the one camera Tommy'
He threw up there and then  O0 {-) {-) {-) {-)
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Post by: tony52 on December 20, 2011, 10:35:05 PM
Can anyome help me ? - slipped on the snow and fractured my arm - no model making or sailing for me  :((

(http://s7.postimage.org/bfq271f3b/Fractured_Arm_2011.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/bfq271f3b/)
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Post by: Welsh Wizard on December 20, 2011, 10:40:03 PM
OH come on thats a very poor excuse come on tell the TRUTH you had had a few hadnt YOU lol



All the best and hope your arm gets better


Dave
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Post by: Norseman on December 20, 2011, 10:49:55 PM
John you look so forlorn and helpless
Good job you're not a woman -

Cooking Cleaning Ironing can all be done single handed
even when pregnant with a few kids in tow ........   %)

But you're right - scale modelling is out of the question.  O0

Seriously though -
Let's hope it mends as quickly and as painlessly as possible.
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Post by: Abuelo3 on December 20, 2011, 10:50:39 PM
Hello BrianB6 I'm too in medication against the testosterone, with the PSA in zeros and it is not to bad , wit the help of the blue pill at the first days and now without anything I'm a husband O0 :: :-)) %% O0, and it is a good life, best wishes, and Feliz Navidad
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 20, 2011, 10:54:33 PM
Godo, you are the ultimate survivor.

We all salute you!

Colin
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Post by: Peter Fitness on December 20, 2011, 10:59:19 PM
There's some good advice about getting your prostate checked, even though the digital examination (no, this exam has nothing to do with computers %)) does tend to make your eyes bulge, as Colin suggests. Together with regular PSA blood tests it's a good way to ensure that any prostate problems are caught early.

Similarly, anyone with a family history of bowel cancer should have regular colonoscopies. In fact, it's a good idea to ask your doctor if you should have one, even if there is no family history, because bowel cancer is easily cured if detected early.

Peter.
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Post by: Abuelo3 on December 20, 2011, 11:13:36 PM
OK, I have to do it , the true is that any male from 38 years old have to do the blood test of Antigen ProstŠtico EspecŪfico or PSA once every year, the number that a man WITHOUT any health issue in the prostatic gland=prostate is under 4nanograms, if the number is more than 8nanograms, the biopsy is mandatory, OK
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 20, 2011, 11:14:54 PM
Peter is quite correct. Too many men literally die of embarrassment. Your GP/Doctor is there to do a job, he/she's heard it all before so be completely straight with them otherwise they can't help you. They are non judgemental and won't tell your neighbours. If in doubt then check it out. That way you'll get to build more boats.

Peter, we seem to have had a shared experience - the fickle finger of fate!

Colin
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Post by: RaaArtyGunner on December 20, 2011, 11:16:46 PM
Whilst PSA blood tests are to be encouraged, they will not detect an enlarged prostate. So don't rely on only PSA.

Sorry to say whether you like it or not, as Peter mentions, a physical digital examination is absolutely necessary.

Don't shirk it, get it done.
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Post by: Peter Fitness on December 20, 2011, 11:21:03 PM
Peter, we seem to have had a shared experience - the fickle finger of fate!
:o {-) {-)

Too true, Colin.

I have been told by my doctor that, at my age, I am more likely to die with bowel cancer than of it, so digital examinations are no longer necessary. I wondered if he knew something that I didn't, as I told him I was planning on being around for at least another 20 years. He merely laughed {:-{.

Peter.
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 20, 2011, 11:24:29 PM
Yes, that's what people don't always appreciate these days. In earlier times few of them lived long enough to contract the medical conditions that now plague us.

Colin
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Post by: Abuelo3 on December 20, 2011, 11:29:18 PM
The PSA is an biochemical product of any kind of problem in the gland, it is going to be more than 4 nano grams before the the digital test  can show something, OK
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Post by: pugwash on December 21, 2011, 12:24:46 AM
Well either my good lady misses her job in the surgery or she is a bit kinky as she is always looking for a box of latex gloves and
offering to carry out these intimate examinations on me

Geoff
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 21, 2011, 12:32:53 AM
Give her some Marigolds Geoff.... It'll make your eyes water at the very least.

Colin
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Post by: Norseman on December 21, 2011, 12:51:35 AM
My wife carries out intimate and sometimes painful examinations without using gloves or other aids  <:(


Wallet, Pockets, Bank & Credit cards ..........

Dave
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Post by: pugwash on December 21, 2011, 01:04:25 AM
True but funny Dave
 :-)) :-)) :-))
Geoff
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Post by: RaaArtyGunner on December 21, 2011, 03:47:02 AM
My wife carries out intimate and sometimes painful examinations without using gloves or other aids  <:(


Wallet, Pockets, Bank & Credit cards ..........


Dave

Lucky bloke, at least you have    "Wallet, Pockets, Bank & Credit cards .........." <:( <:( <:( <:(
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Post by: roycv on December 21, 2011, 10:16:28 AM
Hi Tug Kenny, I had an experience of a 'grid of dots' in my right eye and I was amazed at the speed the NHS moved.  Withing 40 minutes of leaving the doc's surgery I was being looked at by an eye consultant, I am pretty sure he also diagnosed       Posterial Vitreous Detatchment.  But after a few days the dots just vanished or maybe my brain cancelled them out!
I have a few floaters in both eyes but I can shake my head a bit and they move away from central vision.  If anyone wants to check if you have any look at a white ceiling.

I had a prostate op 3 years ago, involving the scrape out, mine was quite large and I had the benefit of the consultant there as he was training the other guy.  It is amazing just how big a tube can be inserted!!!  I was awake and had the epidural injection, which I would recommend.
In retrospect I only read the small print of the operation 2 days before the op, I later found out that there are other ways of shrinking the prostate, leaving some 'vital' bits still working.
Anyone had an alternative op?
regards Roy
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on December 21, 2011, 12:02:15 PM

What a wealth of letters we have on this subject. I expect our younger members are raising their eyes to the heavens.  It does seem that old age doesn't come alone and we can all draw comfort from each other's stories.

Next problem please.    :} :}

ken


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Post by: irishcarguy on December 21, 2011, 12:20:06 PM
What a wonderful forum to be a member of, is there nothing we do not have an answer for. Thank you again Martin you should be very proud. As for you Kenny I am so glad your news was good. Enjoy the Holidays everyone. Mick B.
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Post by: RaaArtyGunner on December 21, 2011, 12:26:52 PM
Hi Tug Kenny, I had an experience of a 'grid of dots' in my right eye and I was amazed at the speed the NHS moved.  Withing 40 minutes of leaving the doc's surgery I was being looked at by an eye consultant, I am pretty sure he also diagnosed       Posterial Vitreous Detatchment.  But after a few days the dots just vanished or maybe my brain cancelled them out!
I have a few floaters in both eyes but I can shake my head a bit and they move away from central vision.  If anyone wants to check if you have any look at a white ceiling.

I had a prostate op 3 years ago, involving the scrape out, mine was quite large and I had the benefit of the consultant there as he was training the other guy.  It is amazing just how big a tube can be inserted!!!  I was awake and had the epidural injection, which I would recommend.
In retrospect I only read the small print of the operation 2 days before the op, I later found out that there are other ways of shrinking the prostate, leaving some 'vital' bits still working.
Anyone had an alternative op?
regards Roy

That's exactly what they also do here in OZ for an enlarged prostate, only down side is high risk of bladder infection, and is very painful, otherwise all back to normal.
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Post by: Martin [Admin] on December 21, 2011, 12:48:45 PM
Can anyone help me ? - slipped on the snow and fractured my arm - no model making or sailing for me  :((


  Ouch!  My sympathies Tony, what was you doing out in the snow?!?!
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Post by: ben hall on December 21, 2011, 01:19:22 PM
i had my tonciles out about 4/5 weeks ago   have been waiting for the op for ages     it all went well back to building boat 3 days later    but 4 days since the op and i had a bleed was in hospital for 4 days on 2 drips the first 30 hour or so    blood and water drips and on a water drip for the rest of the time the food was nice  but there was another boy in there waiting for an op and he came in 9 in the morning had not eaten anything since 12 hours before  and at 10 pm he was still waiting to go into surgery and he still hadn't eaten then there was a boy totaly covered in plaster exept his face broke both his arms and one of his legs skatee boarding at the skate park  so it was a busy last day at the hospital
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Post by: tony52 on December 21, 2011, 04:30:46 PM
  Ouch!  My sympathies Tony, what was you doing out in the snow?!?!

On the pavement walking towards my car 9am on a Saturday. Now have a blue cast on it. --- Why is it that members of your forum suspect I had been for a drink!!

the food was nice 
Which hospital is this? must be first!
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Post by: ben hall on December 21, 2011, 04:52:02 PM
nhs hospital  st marys   my faviroute was bangers and mash for lunch by the time the chance to order came they only had one sausage left >>:-(  but my mum went to shop and got me a jumbo sausage roll
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Post by: Arrow5 on December 21, 2011, 05:38:47 PM
Tony52 and all who have to walk on ice, try a set of Yaktrax . They are rubber framed spring-like cleats that go over your shoes. About £15 from outdoor shops.
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Post by: irishcarguy on December 21, 2011, 06:34:20 PM
You mean like we wear here in Canada for 6 months a year, I am an expert at walking on ice , why you may ask ? Because there is plenty around here to practice on. Mick B.
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Post by: Arrow5 on December 21, 2011, 06:51:04 PM
That is right Mick, I`m at North 57, but for the Gulf Stream most of the UK would be wearing them too.  Of course I`m sure your railway system doesn't suffer the "wrong kind of snow" in winter or "leaves on the rails" in autumn. %)
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Post by: RaaArtyGunner on December 21, 2011, 07:46:06 PM
On the pavement walking towards my car 9am on a Saturday. Now have a blue cast on it. --- Why is it that members of your forum suspect I had been for a drink!!Which hospital is this? must be first!

Bcause it is not snowing  :o :o :o %) %) %) {-) {-) {-)
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Post by: irishcarguy on December 22, 2011, 06:26:23 AM
Hi Arty, you guys in OZZ have it soft, you probably have never seen ice except in your scotch,LOL. Merry Xmas & a very happy New Year, Mick B in the frozen north.
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Post by: RaaArtyGunner on December 22, 2011, 06:43:31 AM
Hi Arty, you guys in OZZ have it soft, you probably have never seen ice except in your scotch,LOL. Merry Xmas & a very happy New Year, Mick B in the frozen north.

Mick,

What ice, it's to blooming hot, the ice melts.  %% %% %%
Not to worry, I don't drink  {-) {-) {-) {-)

All the best to you and yours   O0 O0 O0  :-)) :-)) :-))
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Post by: tony52 on December 22, 2011, 08:21:10 AM
Tony52 and all who have to walk on ice, try a set of Yaktrax . They are rubber framed spring-like cleats that go over your shoes. About £15 from outdoor shops.

Thanks arrow5 - managed to order some from QVC shopping channel.
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Post by: Peter Fitness on December 22, 2011, 09:20:06 PM
you guys in OZ have it soft, you probably have never seen ice except in your scotch

Mick, what's this, then? :-) Photos taken in the NSW snow fields O0 When I was coach driving, we used to do a lot of trips to the snow, and I would go skiing 3 or 4 times each season.

Peter.
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Post by: irishcarguy on December 23, 2011, 07:52:54 AM
Hi Peter I am at present in Maui & I can confirm that there is a real lack of snow around here. It is so funny, I left Canada this morning & there was snow & minus 15 below, 6 hours later I am in Maui & it is 85 above. seeing Christmas trees & decorations in this weather is very strange indeed. Peter I did know you got a wee bit of snow down under but I can live quite happily without it now after having it for 44 years in Canada, Merry Christmas & a happy New Year to you & yours, Peter, we will probably both be on the beach soaking up the sun, Mick B.
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Post by: Norseman on December 23, 2011, 02:58:37 PM
I am at present in Maui

Mick - it is quite obvious to all that you are only 'somewhere' in Mayhemland O0 {-)

Dave
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Post by: Arrow5 on December 23, 2011, 04:17:03 PM
..our Irish friend , we want to know about model boating in that tropical paradise...if you can drag yourself away from the beach/poolside/bar/hula dancers etc etc ...me jealous , never  {:-{ :(( {-)
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Post by: RaaArtyGunner on December 23, 2011, 09:08:50 PM
Arrow,

Mick is probably body surfing as an outrigger on their canoes, prior to building one.
It's called hands on research.%) %) %) {-) {-) {-)

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Post by: irishcarguy on December 23, 2011, 09:16:43 PM
Hi Arrow just checked on line , no Boat clubs I am afraid. However I will try to get lost near the docks if possible to get some pictures. We are only in this location for a day as by coming one day early the air fare was less than half if we had arrived today instead, don't ask me why. We have as you can see internet at this location, I hope we do in our permanent location. Contrary to popular belief we North Americans are not filthy rich,we had loads of air miles from our business card, no debt & no mortgage so it leaves a few bob in your pocket @ the end of the year. I don't know how much longer I will be up to taking trips like this so I am doing it while I still can . I love travel & taking photos of what makes different places tick. If possible will give you an update later. Mick B.
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 23, 2011, 09:45:44 PM
Quote
I don't know how much longer I will be up to taking trips like this so I am doing it while I still can

With you all the way there Mick! Do it while you can, you won't regret it.

Colin
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Post by: Norseman on December 26, 2011, 02:12:45 AM
Hi Guys

I had to work X'mas day in Crewe Station area - caught my foot on a cable and went down hard and fast
erm.........and I am a generously proportioned guy - fully ready for a two year famine or basting.  {-)

Ended up in Crewe A&E - in, triaged, x-rayed, doctored, medicated, out - all in just over an hour   :o :-))

Knees hurt, hands hurt, left wrist splinted, a wonderful groin injury that they thought might be a pelvic fracture,
and you know what - I am soooooooooo happy :o

As I fell (thankfully breaking the fall) my mouth just kissed a raised metal plate (a LERP) which placed a large
metal bolt at my forehead ................... Oh I think it was almost check out time there boys.
Ah well the drugs mean no Magic Mead this X'mas hol, and the fall means loads and loads of forms to fill in.

Seasons Regards Dave



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Post by: derekwarner on December 26, 2011, 02:20:41 AM
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm those forms will be no fun to fill in Norseman ..... >>:-( <*<

But the important thing is you are OK........ :-)) regards from OZ........Derek
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on December 26, 2011, 11:42:00 AM

Glad you survived to tell the tale. Get well soon Dave.

Ken

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Post by: JB on December 26, 2011, 09:08:17 PM
Really sorry to hear about this Dave.

I hope you make a full recovery...kettle is always on here if you're in the area again.

JB.
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Post by: ben hall on December 26, 2011, 09:12:13 PM
just my luck this week friday i start not fealing  to goodchrismas eve i couldnt sleep chrismas morning i was throwing up all morning i could barely eat christmas dinner    and now i cant eat i have a red inflamed swollen throat and i haveto sqeze a stess ball every time i gulp a tiny bit     >>:-( >>:-( >>:-( >>:-( >>:-( >>:-( >>:-( >>:-( >>:-( >>:-( >>:-(
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Post by: nhp651 on December 26, 2011, 10:28:12 PM
good ol' Toncilitis, KK.....have em out.....dry toast for a fortnight.hope you feel better soon.
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Post by: nhp651 on December 26, 2011, 10:30:31 PM
Hi Guys

I had to work X'mas day in Crewe Station area - caught my foot on a cable and went down hard and fast
erm.........and I am a generously proportioned guy - fully ready for a two year famine or basting.  {-)

Ended up in Crewe A&E - in, triaged, x-rayed, doctored, medicated, out - all in just over an hour   :o :-))

Knees hurt, hands hurt, left wrist splinted, a wonderful groin injury that they thought might be a pelvic fracture,
and you know what - I am soooooooooo happy :o

As I fell (thankfully breaking the fall) my mouth just kissed a raised metal plate (a LERP) which placed a large
metal bolt at my forehead ................... Oh I think it was almost check out time there boys.
Ah well the drugs mean no Magic Mead this X'mas hol, and the fall means loads and loads of forms to fill in.

Seasons Regards Dave





As for you Dave.......Told you before........TAKE MORE WATER WITH IT..........escpecially when you're driving those train thingy's

hope you feel better soon Matey, and I'll raise a glass for you tonight seeing as you can't.........I'm all heart, I know. :D :D
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Post by: ben hall on December 27, 2011, 12:57:04 PM
thats the anoying thing i used to get tonsillitis but have had them out know  but this is the throat being inflamed apparently nothing to do with toncilites and i have no history of throught infections apart from tonsillitis

the good thing is ican drink without crying   it still causes a lot of pain though but i think its dying down
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Post by: The long Build on December 27, 2011, 05:11:51 PM
Hi Guys

I had to work X'mas day in Crewe Station area - caught my foot on a cable and went down hard and fast
erm.........and I am a generously proportioned guy - fully ready for a two year famine or basting.  {-)

Ended up in Crewe A&E - in, triaged, x-rayed, doctored, medicated, out - all in just over an hour   :o :-))

Knees hurt, hands hurt, left wrist splinted, a wonderful groin injury that they thought might be a pelvic fracture,
and you know what - I am soooooooooo happy :o

As I fell (thankfully breaking the fall) my mouth just kissed a raised metal plate (a LERP) which placed a large
metal bolt at my forehead ................... Oh I think it was almost check out time there boys.
Ah well the drugs mean no Magic Mead this X'mas hol, and the fall means loads and loads of forms to fill in.

Seasons Regards Dave

Ouch..
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Post by: irishcarguy on January 28, 2012, 10:27:06 AM
Hi all , today I have lost a very dear friend to cancer. He was born in England & never lost his British sense of humour. He was very honest & a very loyal friend & although we knew he had not long to live it was still a terrible shock to us. He was only 61 years old. I have shed many tears tonight as I write this. It is 3.30pm but sleep will not come tonight, life is so unfair sometimes, Mick B.
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Post by: derekwarner on January 28, 2012, 11:55:09 AM
Mayhemers ........sorry .........tonight as I type...

deleted by dw........... Derek
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Post by: Patrick Henry on January 28, 2012, 12:06:42 PM
Same  as that Mick, I feel for you...I lost a very good friend and sweeper driver work mate last Sunday. Just back from six weeks in Oz, landed Saturday night, died at home Sunday morning due to a massive heart attack. At least he didn't suffer, the paramedics told his wife he was dead before he hit the floor...that was his one wish that when his time was up he would go quickly and quietly.

Rest in peace, Fireman Sam...



On a lighter note (if I may) after fifty plus years of smoking, I am now on my tenth day of quitting. On my last visit to the doctor, he told me in no uncertain terms that if I didn't stop now, then it wouldn't be worth me booking a summer holiday, because I probably wouldn't make it. My ladyfriend also stopped a week before me, we are both using those E-cigs...wonderful things, wish I'd bought one before. I haven't wanted a smoke, haven't missed the nicotine, and believe it or not, my food is beginning to taste better even after just ten days.


Rich
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Post by: ben hall on January 28, 2012, 07:01:10 PM
my neibour was coming back from eygipt early because of the trouble starting up as he was getting on the plane had a heart attack his ex partner now his best mate who he was living with didnt find out for a month because they lost all of his details  so he had to get a friend out there to check in tghe hospitals   and he got the body back 2 months after he found out he was dead 
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on February 03, 2012, 02:01:26 PM

                   Today's little worry ....   SHINGLES

No, it's not me, but my good lady.  Any cures or advice please.

We've been on the Web and were inundated with reasons and symptoms but not much in the way of soothing sympathy !!
                                            <:(

ken
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Post by: Subculture on February 03, 2012, 02:06:32 PM
Antiviral tablets are one treatment. Consult your GP.
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on February 03, 2012, 02:15:45 PM
Cheers for that subculture.

We took some photo's but I've been banned from transmitting them as it might frighten the children.  I have learnt that it's a 'hang on' from Chicken pox and is contagious to all around it.

Being so cold outside has stopped me going out and spreading it, so some good there eh !!  We checked Wikepedia and the first picture on the page is exactly a duplicate of my picture.  O0

ken

ps   horrible pictures here ......... not suitable for those with a disposition of any kind  .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpes_zoster

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Post by: Norseman on February 03, 2012, 02:19:42 PM
I had a friend who had shingles and was off work for quite a while - only good news was
he lost a lot of weight whilst ill and looked ten years younger when he came back. I'd need
to get a few doses just to make a dent in my weight.

Hope your good lady gets well soon.

Dave
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on February 03, 2012, 02:24:55 PM

Thanks Dave.

I should imagine one dose was enough.   {:-{     I'm waiting to start scratching cause I'm one degree down with the sniffles myself.  :}     Haven't  touched a boat for a week


ken

 
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Post by: Liverbudgie on February 03, 2012, 02:35:47 PM
If you have not already done so contact your GP or take her to your local NHS drop in centre WITHOUT DELAY. The soomer treatmeat begins the the better it will be.

LB
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Post by: Subculture on February 03, 2012, 03:39:49 PM
Cheers for that subculture.
 I have learnt that it's a 'hang on' from Chicken pox and is contagious to all around it.

Shingles is only contagious to those who haven't had chicken pox, if you or others have had chicken pox, you can't 'catch' shingles.
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Post by: Norseman on February 03, 2012, 03:50:44 PM
 Haven't  touched a boat for a week

Don't worry - your boats can't catch it  {-)

Dave
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Post by: Netleyned on February 03, 2012, 03:54:09 PM
Unless you run them up the beach at speed   %% %%

Ned
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Post by: catengineman on February 03, 2012, 03:55:36 PM
Are you sure?
Tug---Kenny's boats may get shingles on the bottom if beached or sunk  >:-o

on a serious note get the medical attention as soon as a relative of SWMBO has gone blind because shingles got to her eyes and there was nothing done about it and now its too late.

Don't want to scare you but get her to the medic asap.
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Post by: pugwash on February 03, 2012, 05:30:14 PM
As we all know there is a lot of junk written about medical problems on the Web.  I have just asked Sheila and she recommends
thefollowing website which all the doctors in her practise used to advise their patients to have a look at if they wanted infomation sheets
about a particular condition.  I believe it is written by medical professionals not someone who had an aunt who had a cousin who's nextdoor neighbour
might have caught something similar.
She did say catch it early and it can sometimes be treated with anti- virals.  Otherwise it is painkillers (apparently it very sore) and soothing creams like
Calomine Lotion.  She advised get to GP ASAP

GEoff

http://www.patient.co.uk/search.asp?searchterm=shingles&searchcoll=All&x=13&y=9
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on February 04, 2012, 11:43:02 AM

Today seems an improvement.  It's on the upper back and side of her arm but no new outbreaks so it seems to be settling . We are using the creams and it's looking all-right at the moment.

Thank you for your thoughts and advice. We can now worry about my sniffles.  :}

Cheers,

ken


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Post by: DickyD on February 04, 2012, 11:55:24 AM
Shingles is only contagious to those who haven't had chicken pox, if you or others have had chicken pox, you can't 'catch' shingles.

Oh yes you can and you can have chicken pox more than once though this is rare.

I just guess I am a lucky bu gger, if its going I seem to get it.
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Post by: DickyD on February 04, 2012, 12:06:20 PM
Today seems an improvement.  It's on the upper back and side of her arm but no new outbreaks so it seems to be settling . We are using the creams and it's looking all-right at the moment.

Thank you for your thoughts and advice. We can now worry about my sniffles.  :}

Cheers,

ken



Pull yourself together man, stop worrying about your sniffles and get on with your boat building. >>:-(

Tell your better half I am thinking of her as I've been there and done that, so know what its like. Hope she's better soon. O0
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on February 04, 2012, 12:25:51 PM

Cheers Richard, comfort can always be drawn from friends. 

Hope you're coping with the weather all-right.  We have snow here in Newport and I've just walked the dog, so feeling chilly at the Mo'.

ken
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Post by: DickyD on February 04, 2012, 12:37:49 PM
Minus 11C last night, plus 1C now and getting darker. They say snow this PM.

I am not to bad at the moment, daren't go outside though, I am soldering handrails for my Armidale at the moment. :-))
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Post by: Norseman on February 04, 2012, 01:34:42 PM
Minus 11C last night, plus 1C now and getting darker. They say snow this PM.

Thanks for the forecast Dicky  :-)) now I feel so much happier about working outside tonight
(Railways) <:(

I keep waking up with banging headaches and nausea ............. no magic mead involved.
Sometimes they can also come on quickly at home and are quite debilitating when they do that.
Tablets don't seem to help either. Now you will say go to the doctors ............ I did - He said
(in appalling English) that they were stress headaches and to take tablets. I said but I've just
told you they do no real good. He said I will give you '?' tablets then. So I repeated my earlier
specific comments about particular drugs on the railways. It was a conversation I would have
been better having with a seven year old. I ended up leaving without being helped - and I don't
think they are stress related. Yes my job is stressful when in the thick of it but unlike my
previous jobs I can 90% leave it behind when I clock off - just a few calls and checks to do.

I chatted to my sister in law (she manages all the blood and tissue tests etc in a local hospital).
She told me some horror stories about this doc. She checked after he prescribed drugs for her
very ill father - the chemist said 'are these for your Dad' ........... 'if he takes these with his usual
meds it will probably kill him' in the end they rang the surgery, explained, and where still told to
get them. She didn't and changed surgeries. Apparently he has the most complaints in the county.

I'm not surprised because the communication is so poor. I won't get an appointment with him again
but how do they get taken on if they don't speak really good English? Now I don't care that he is black
or another is Chinese, Spanish, Asian - it's not that I want a white English doctor. I just want one
that understands his patients specific complaint and not just the general gist of it all.......... maybe.

Dave
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Post by: Netleyned on February 04, 2012, 01:54:36 PM
I'll think about you tonight Dave.
Someone has to sweep the 'wrong' snow off the lines  %% %%
Seriously though get yourself a new GP if you can with better
communication skills....and medical skills it would seem.

Ned
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on February 04, 2012, 01:56:24 PM

You are entitled to a  'Second opinion'.  By asking for one then you may be taken more seriously.


ken

 
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Post by: cuppa on February 04, 2012, 06:26:58 PM

Oh yes you can and you can have chicken pox more than once though this is rare.

I just guess I am a lucky bu gger, if its going I seem to get it.
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Your sure can. I had chicken pox when i was a kid and had shingles about 6 years ago. Very unpleasant it was too.

Kenny - please give your wife our very best wishes.
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Post by: john s 2 on February 04, 2012, 07:54:11 PM
Dave. No doubt you are aware that you can change to any practise that will take you. Depending on where you are, a large practise might be best as a bigger choice of doctors. It might be best to pop in and chat to the receptionist or practise manager. If you like the practise then you can sign on the spot and see a doctor right away. Without having any more contact with your previous doctor. Good luck. John.
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Post by: Norseman on February 04, 2012, 08:08:12 PM
Hi Guys

It was a great practice but over the years the doctors changed and now you never know what you will get - oh and a lot of locums too.
However the other facilities are great - like my diabetic nurse. Ha Ha - sorry (diabetes nurse) that sounded like she has the diabetes - isn't
english a great language if you ignore the rules. Anyway I'm just going to insist I don't see that particular doc anymore.

Dave
........... ah well, time to start getting ready for work - but at least our PPE is excellent stuff.
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Post by: john s 2 on February 04, 2012, 08:31:03 PM
Good luck wish you well. I also have Diabetis, So know what you mean about good advise. John.
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Post by: Norseman on March 09, 2012, 08:10:07 PM
I'm sad today
had to have my old knackered dog put to sleep
Jenny is heartbroken
but it was time as Buzz was suffering every extra day
I can't cry buckets over him like the wife is
and she probably thinks I'm a bit heartless - I'm not.
Two dogs and the cat gone in eighteen months - all
old though, and were well looked after recue animals.

Dave
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Post by: richtea on March 09, 2012, 09:17:39 PM
Don't know what to say to ease your sorrow Dave,
it never gets any easier, but you know that you did the right thing.
Just remember that the pair of you  gave the dog the love and care and a good home.
That means a lot.
Regards
Richard
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Post by: john s 2 on March 09, 2012, 09:40:15 PM
Dave. Thanks to your love and kindness your pets had a loved and wanted life. Of course you will miss them. Hopefully one day when the time right you may take on more. My thoughts are with you.John.
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Post by: Colin Bishop on March 09, 2012, 09:59:03 PM
It is indeed very sad and my sympathy to Dave and his Wife who did the right thing by Buzz. But while we can put an end to our pets suffering, the law prevents us putting an end to our own when the time comes and that cannot be right.

Colin
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Post by: Norseman on March 10, 2012, 12:40:12 AM
Thanks Lads

I appreciate the thoughts - and it's a nice ecommunity we have here.

Colin, I agree, the law is an Ass.

Dave
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Post by: Patrick Henry on March 10, 2012, 08:04:18 AM
My condolences Dave...I remember the feeling when myself and ex wife had to make the same decision with her little dog, and then having to go through with it. One of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life.

Hang in there fella....



Rich
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Post by: Made it to 80 (25p Richer now) on March 10, 2012, 08:16:57 AM
Know how you feel Dave , I lost my big man just before christmas and it still hurts when I see his pictures , but things get better as time goes by. I have re-homed and this one is a real handfull 13 months and has never been taught anything so I have a teenage hyper active delinquent GSD on my hands but it helps to ease the loss. best of luck in the future
                                 Bob
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Post by: irishcarguy on March 10, 2012, 10:40:48 AM
Hi Dave, I am so sorry for your loss, Our dogs are part of our family. I have had dogs all my life & it is also the hardest thing to put them down. After the second last dog I had had to be put down I swore I would never do it again. My last dog to die was the very best dog I had ever had, he knew over 100 words. Depending on the situtation around him he had a different voice for each , I let him die naturally @ home . We brought him home from the hospital after the doctor gave him a very strong pain killer, we had spent $7000.00 in an effort to save his life. At home he lay down in his favourite place & just went to sleep, to this day I am glad I did it that way, he knew he was home & you could see he was happy to be there. We adopted a Cocker spaniel about 2 months later, he was 4 years old at the time & had been abused, we have had him for 5 years now & he is a lovely little guy, his name is Charlie. In July last year we heard of a Cocker pup that had been born with his left rear paw & claws missing, he was going to be put down by the breeder. We went to see him & offered to adopt him & so we now have a very mischievous 1 year old  3 1/2 legged dog that has no idea about it. He runs faster than Charlie & loves to play & fetch & is always happy for a car ride, his name is Jasper. So grieve a little & then get yourself another dog, they are known as mans best friend for a very good reason. Mick B.   
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Post by: pugwash on April 21, 2012, 10:07:19 PM
Good evening all and thanks to the NHS I am now back home with a second new hip. The nurses at the Wansbeck Hospital Northumberland
deserve a mega pay-rise the way they looked after all the new hip/knee patients.
Only had the op a few days ago so full of painkillers but hopefully out for a walk on the beach tomorrow (weather permitting)

Geoff























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Post by: Tug-Kenny on April 21, 2012, 10:11:14 PM

Well done Geoff.  An encouraging report on your visit. Glad it went well.

I hope it's not a pebble beach.  ;)

Best of luck and a speedy recovery.

ken

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Post by: Neil on April 21, 2012, 10:32:37 PM
good to see you posting again geoff...........wondered where you were..........take care, and not too much booze with those pain killers........it's a real bummer running to the loo all the time..........not that there'll be much running up there for a while.
Look after your self. :-))
neil.
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Post by: Colin Bishop on April 21, 2012, 11:03:12 PM
Very glad to hear things went well Geoff, just in time for Summer!

Colin
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Post by: DickyD on April 21, 2012, 11:04:14 PM
Good to have you back with us Geoff.


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Post by: Martin [Admin] on April 21, 2012, 11:05:42 PM
Good one Geoff!   :-))

 I here there all sorts of fancy new "hip" products these days, what did they do for you?
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Post by: Artistmike on April 22, 2012, 07:54:30 AM
Glad to hear it went well Geoff  :}  I have to say that mine gave me a new life after all the pain and immobility I'd had before the op.  Best of luck with the rehabilitation  :-))
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Post by: pugwash on April 22, 2012, 11:15:03 AM
Thanks for the good will comments lads. Martin  I now have a nice matching pair of "Exeter " Hip joints - not very  high tech but
very reliable and no nasty side effects. Kenny didn't you know we have the best sandy beaches in the country - about 30 miles of them
- if we had the warm weather it would rival the French Riviera - as it is its usually cold enough for penguins.

Geoff


















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Post by: Norseman on April 23, 2012, 01:01:34 AM
cold enough for penguins.

Great news Geoff but be careful on those loose surfaces just for a little while.
Couldn't agree more about liking cold penguins - they get all runny in summer :}

Did you have to wait long for the op'?

Dave
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on May 21, 2012, 08:29:54 PM

Here's a medical problem which I've not come across before.  It seems that I have just had a bout of VERTIGO.

Just typed it in Google and found out what is involved.  Yuk, I don't like it. Especially as I'm alone in the workshop with power machines on the go.

Quote

Vertigo (from the Latin vertō "a whirling or spinning movement") is a subtype of dizziness, where there is a feeling of motion when one is stationary.
The symptoms are due to an asymmetric dysfunction of the vestibular system in the inner ear. It is often associated with nausea and vomiting as well as a balance disorder, causing difficulties standing or walking.

There are three types of vertigo:

(1)  Objective− the patient has the sensation that objects in the environment are moving
(2)  Subjective− patient feels as if he or she is moving;
(3)  Pseudovertigo− intensive sensation of rotation inside the patient's head.


I've started with number 1 and after a good lie down, it seem to have gone. I'm Ok now but wondered if anyone else has anything to helpful to add.


ken




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Post by: Colin Bishop on May 21, 2012, 08:52:47 PM
Ken,

Could you have been concentrating too hard and got a bit stressed without realising it? It can be quite easy to get all tensed up.

I wouldn't worry too much unless it happens again in which case see the Doc.

Colin
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on May 21, 2012, 09:04:50 PM

Thank you for your thoughts, Colin.

You may be nearer than you think.  My wife suggested it was because I was sanding and using a twin filter Face mask. She seems to think it was lack of Oxygen and re-breathing spent breath that defeated me ??.

It's always great to share a problem as it's a problem halved.  :-))

cheers

ken
 
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Post by: Norseman on May 21, 2012, 09:31:29 PM
Hi Ken

It was probably a one off but ....... here's a thought just in case - and I don't know how practical for your shop.....
For the more serious power tool feeds at your bench you could fit a foot switch that requires to be always held down.
If you never need it great, and if you ever do need it then you might just save yourself a serious injury. Machine Stop
buttons probably wouldn't cover a guy suffering a bad vertigo attack.

.... and keep off that whirlitzer {-)

Dave
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Post by: Colin Bishop on May 21, 2012, 10:28:17 PM
Your wife may well be right Ken, if you were concentrating you may have been breathing quite shallowly without realising it resulting in mild oxygen starvation.

Colin
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Post by: Corposant on May 21, 2012, 11:17:47 PM
Ken

Another possibility is an ear infection - affecting the inner ear. As Colin says, "if it recurs, see a doc."

I had a couple of attacks, a month or so apart, many years ago with no recurrence (except a few more several years ago when I fell off a ladder and banged my head!). They were all fairly dramatic - it felt as if I was being thrown about but each only lasted a few seconds.

If your sensation is primarily one of dizziness (you say you needed a good lie down), then I would agree, oxygen deprivation could well be the cause.

Mike
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on May 22, 2012, 10:41:19 AM

Feeling much improved today.  ;)

Went out to look in workshop and everything is covered in sawdust. Will have to clean up somehow. Will use paper masks for better ventilation (Wife's suggestion) and do it in short bursts.

Dave,  you don't want to see the keyboard. It also needs a vacuum.   {-) {-)


ken
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Post by: Shipmate60 on May 22, 2012, 11:01:55 AM
Ken,
If it is Vertigo propper my wife gets it.
She just stays in bed (which isnt like her)
Nothing seems to help.

Bob
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on May 22, 2012, 11:38:28 AM

I should imagine it might be, Bob.  I've Googled it  (don't we all !)  and come up with the most detailed information anyone could wish for.

As this is the first occurrence, I'm grasping at reasons but maybe it's an 'age thing' or it may be linked to my eye breaking loose last Christmas.  I am certainly going to tread softer nowadays. My regards and sympathy to your Wife as it's quite an experience watching the carpet move sideways. Nothing for it but to close the eyes and lie horizontal.

I shall post my latest and last ? Scratch build now to show the work involved so far.   :}

regards


ken
 
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Post by: Norseman on May 22, 2012, 07:54:43 PM
I shall post my latest and last ? Scratch build

C'mon Ken - Get a grip
think positiive man .......
Your latest and penultimate scratch :o

Only kidding mate - you'll scratch on and on like you've got them big old Mountain Beaver Fleas.
But meanwhile I'll look forward to the newest build (is it a Seabex?)

Dave

(Hystrichopsylla schefferi are 8mm long - Washington State, USA - Ouch!)
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Post by: Tug-Kenny on May 22, 2012, 08:15:44 PM

Cheers Dave.

I've gone over to the Grey Side.   %)   Seeing what all the fuss is about Warships.  I did fancy the Seabex but it does look costly and complicated. I am following the thread on one here though.


ken
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Post by: RAAArtyGunner on May 22, 2012, 10:40:14 PM
Ken,
If it is Vertigo propper my wife gets it.
She just stays in bed (which isnt like her)
Nothing seems to help.

Bob

Yes, I can relate to that.
Have the T shirt, there is no cure, let alone knowing what causes it.
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Post by: Norseman on November 27, 2012, 12:12:46 PM
This old thread seemed the best place to post this item http://uk.m.yahoo.com/w/legobpengine/lifestyles/grapefruits-can-trigger-overdoses-in-dozens-of-medicines-researchers-warn-083154632.html?%20&.intl=gb&.lang=en-gb&.tsrc=yahoo&ref_w=frontdoors If you eat Grapefruit or other citrus and take medicines then it should be of interest.
Dave
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Post by: grendel on November 27, 2012, 12:58:00 PM
I was told to avoid grapefruit when I started on warfarin a month ago when I went in with some small lung clots.
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Post by: Norseman on November 27, 2012, 03:03:30 PM
I had always wondered about other citrus fruits (I too avoid grapefruit) and the article does suggest that they can lead to a medicine overdose. I hope you get sorted soon Grendel

Dave
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Post by: DickyD on November 27, 2012, 03:29:28 PM
I was told to avoid grapefruit when I started on warfarin a month ago when I went in with some small lung clots.
I too was told to avoid grapefruit and citrus fruit when I was put on warfarin.
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Post by: scoop on November 27, 2012, 04:21:53 PM
I too was told to avoid grapefruit and citrus fruit when I was put on warfarin.
It involves a whole load of prescription drugs, the lists are on the web, Statins used for reducing Cholesterol being another biggy.
I also read a report t'other day that Pomegranite juice can cause the same problems.
 
Cheers
Scoop
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Post by: RAAArtyGunner on November 27, 2012, 08:09:15 PM
In OZ our chemists, at least in Queensland, put grapefruit warnings on the applicable medicines as they do about those that are affected by Alcohol and impair you abilities.
It is also a good reason to stick with your 'local' chemist who will know your history, on their PC, and will warn you of conflicting medicines/drugs.
I find I can rely more on my chemist than my doctor regarding medications.
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Post by: irishcarguy on November 30, 2012, 07:40:52 AM
This is just one outstanding example why Chit Chat & non boat related items are such valueable threads, it might just have saved someone from getting very sick or dying. Mick B.
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Post by: Colin Bishop on November 30, 2012, 08:48:52 AM
Quote
This is just one outstanding example why Chit Chat & non boat related items are such valueable threads, it might just have saved someone from getting very sick or dying. Mick B.

Mick, I, and others have never argued against having a general Chit Chat section but only against the way it is used in certain circumstances which is a different matter entirely.
 
Colin
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Post by: pettyofficernick on November 30, 2012, 08:56:47 AM
In OZ our chemists, at least in Queensland, put grapefruit warnings on the applicable medicines as they do about those that are affected by Alcohol and impair you abilities.
It is also a good reason to stick with your 'local' chemist who will know your history, on their PC, and will warn you of conflicting medicines/drugs.
I find I can rely more on my chemist than my doctor regarding medications.

Grapefruit warnings on Statins here in UK too......
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Post by: Norseman on November 30, 2012, 08:41:13 PM
I think the effects are a bit more widespread than is realised. If that was 2008 then 2012 will have brought more. Also all the warnings I have seen have only stipulated grapefruit yet the report says other citrus fruits too.

A study has listed 43 major drugs which are affected by eating grapefruits or drinking the juice and experts have warned there needs to be more awareness of the risks. The number of drugs that interact with grapefruit increased from 17 in 2000 to 43 in 2008, researchers in Canada found. Eating one grapefruit a day or drinking 200ml of juice was enough to trigger significant side effects in some of the patients. Elderly patients were at particular risk because they are more likely to eat grapefruit and be on the medicines that interact with it, while their bodies are less able to cope with the effects of an overdose, the researchers said. Grapefruits and some other citrus fruits, contain specific chemicals that affects an enzyme in the gut which can lead to a greater proportion of the drug being absorbed into the body. This can result in massive overdoses causing serious side effects ranging from hallucinations, low blood pressure, to kidney poisoning, muscle damage, high heart rate and breathing problems.
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Post by: RAAArtyGunner on December 01, 2012, 05:48:50 AM
On the lighter side, got this bit of current advice. Apparently it is freely available. O0 O0 O0
Have been reassured that the logic is faultless.  %)   %)   %)   %)
 
 
  You have to love this Japanese Doctor!
 
Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Fruit very good. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Grain good too. Bottom up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one.
 
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain...good!
 
Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.
 
Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is shape!
 
Well... I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.
 
And remember:
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"
 
AND.....
 
For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits, Yanks and Aussies.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits, Yanks and Aussies.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits, Yanks and Aussies.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits, Yanks and Aussies.
5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits, Yanks and Aussies.
CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
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Post by: Norseman on December 01, 2012, 10:22:43 AM
This is a bit more detailed http://www.cmaj.ca/site/misc/pr/26nov12_pr.xhtml
They mention Limes, Seville Oranges in marmalade, etc.
Dave
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Post by: RAAArtyGunner on December 01, 2012, 10:50:00 AM
Dave,
 
The actual figures of deaths is very disturbing to say the least.
 
Particularly so, as we are encouraged to consume grapefruit for health and an aid weight loss.
 
Sometimes Doctors opt out for the easy solution by prescribing medication when dietary changes will achieve the same result.
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Post by: irishcarguy on December 01, 2012, 05:27:11 PM
I agree with you Colin that misuse of anything creates it's own problems, but surely throwing the Baby out with the bath water is not always the solution & causes more issues than it fixes in most instances.When we find ourselves in these situations let us have a calm & constructive discussion on the issues & fix them in the least abrasive way possible. That said, sometimes it may be necessary to combine bathwater & baby. Mick B.
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Post by: irishcarguy on December 01, 2012, 05:31:30 PM
This thread has opened my eyes to how easy it is to injest the right things at the wrong time. I like marmalade on my toast in the morning, probably not a good idea in light of what I am reading here, Mick B.
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Post by: Colin Bishop on December 01, 2012, 06:40:03 PM
Quote
I agree with you Colin that misuse of anything creates it's own problems

Quite right Mick, it's just a question of getting the balance right and the problem is that usually things get a bit too far before the brakes are applied.
 
As someone not from the UK, you might like the following about babies and bathwater although I expect some of us Brits will know it.
 
Colin
*********************
 
A mother was bathin' her baby one night
The youngest of ten, a poor little mite
The mother was fat and the baby was fin
T'was nawt but a skellington wrapped up in skin
 
The mother turned round for the soap from the rack
She weren't gone a minute, but when she got back
Her baby had gone, and in anguish she cried
"Oh, where is my baby?", and the angels replied
 
Your baby has gorn dahn the plug'ole
Your baby has gorn dahn the plug
The poor little thing was so skinny and thin
He shoulda been bathed in a jug
 
Your baby is perfik'ly happy
He won't need no bathin' no more
He's workin' his way through the sewers
Not lost, just gone on before
 
Your baby has gorn dahn the drainpipe
And the chlorine is bad for his eyes
He's havin' a swim, and it's healthy for him
He needed the exercise
 
Don't worry 'baht 'im, just be 'appy
For I know he is suff'rin' no pain
Your baby has gorn dahn the plug'ole
Let's hope he don't stop up the drain
 
 
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Post by: Norseman on December 01, 2012, 06:45:05 PM
Hi Mick
You would have to consider quantities and frequency. I just want people to know they need to think about Citrus versus medications because I don't think the health agencies have any strategy for educating us on this.

Dave.
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Post by: Danny on December 01, 2012, 07:17:26 PM
Colin, remember Cream is also bad for your health - your little ditty has probably but at least 2mm of cholestorol onto our arteries
 %) %) {-)

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Post by: Norseman on December 11, 2012, 12:07:19 AM
I went to see the diabetic nurse today. Came away with another tablet to take. This one is a top up for my blood pressure tablets; it seems it has gone up. I have been quite stressed about work lately so maybe that is why. Anyway the cherry on top is that it will probably make my ankles swell she said. Then I went to the chemist and he asked if he could ring me next week to see how I am getting on with them - now that's never happened before? Amlodipine Besilate they are called.

I wondered if any of you guys have had requests like that from a chemist? I never thought to ask him why - silly of me I know  :embarrassed:
Dave
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Post by: essex2visuvesi on December 11, 2012, 08:12:59 AM
I went to see the diabetic nurse today. Came away with another tablet to take. This one is a top up for my blood pressure tablets; it seems it has gone up. I have been quite stressed about work lately so maybe that is why. Anyway the cherry on top is that it will probably make my ankles swell she said. Then I went to the chemist and he asked if he could ring me next week to see how I am getting on with them - now that's never happened before? Amlodipine Besilate they are called.

I wondered if any of you guys have had requests like that from a chemist? I never thought to ask him why - silly of me I know  :embarrassed:
Dave

Maybe you are the first person he has perscribed them to
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Post by: pugwash on December 11, 2012, 10:01:06 AM
Have you read the patient information leaflet - or googled it - as you have been told there can be adverse reactions
(as there can be with all drugs) the most common are peripheral oedema (fluid on the ankles ) 8.9% of patients and
fatigue 4.5 % - that is probably why the chemist asked you - then the reaction get les likely but there are quite a few of
them so have a look on the leaflet or wiki to put your mind at rest or scare the cr*p out of you.  Dont worry to much
about developing breasts it is very rare.
Geoff
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Post by: Norseman on December 11, 2012, 12:53:38 PM
Quote from: pugwash link=topic=34492.msg409809#msg409809 date= Don't worry to much about developing breasts it is very rare.[/quote
That was the bit I was looking forward to  {-)

I did read the leaflet and the tabs have been around for a while too. I just thought I would ask on here as between us we must have suffered everything medical under the sun. I can even report a couple of weeks in good health .... Though that might just have been during a delusional episode.

Dave
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Post by: RAAArtyGunner on December 11, 2012, 08:06:48 PM
Have you read the patient information leaflet - or googled it - as you have been told there can be adverse reactions
(as there can be with all drugs) the most common are peripheral oedema (fluid on the ankles ) 8.9% of patients and
fatigue 4.5 % - that is probably why the chemist asked you - then the reaction get les likely but there are quite a few of
them so have a look on the leaflet or wiki to put your mind at rest or scare the cr*p out of you.  Dont worry to much
about developing breasts it is very rare.
Geoff

I am shocked, what has happened in the UK????, judging by the latest census, at least in Australia, nearly 50% of the population still have breasts  %)   %) %)
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Post by: Danny on December 11, 2012, 10:24:10 PM
I've been on Amlodopine for a couple of years, and never realised that was why my "upper 2 pack" had increased in size!!

I did try to carry out a survey in the pub and counted 6 breasts before being thrown out - so we still have some in this country Aarty :-)

Cheers
Danny

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Post by: Norseman on December 12, 2012, 02:24:36 PM
No ankle swelling then Andy? The reason I am bothered is because long term swelling can lead to nerve damage. Diabetics already have big concerns re nerve damage to feet.
 
Dave
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Post by: Norseman on June 18, 2013, 09:36:37 PM
Hi Guys

This thread refuses to die because I seem to have an endless supply of physical defects  <:( Ok, I need to go back to the doctors ... hoping of course for a Doctor with a smattering of English. I thought I might ask about your experiences first though.

I have a long standing problem with my thumbs and over the last few months it has worsened week by week. Most of the time they hurt, varying from discomfort to the use of many expletives. Sometimes I get a complete loss of function and the pain can make me drop things instantly - terrified of tea pots etc... Yet I could lift a paving stone with a fair amount of confidence. Slight knocks, driving more than a few minutes, typing are all difficult. Jars and pepper mills are a complete no no. The action of using a bar of soap can hurt a lot.

It started in my right hand and after a couple of years the left hand started and caught up quickly with the right. I don't use vibration tools - or use my left for much. So when Doc 2 suggested Carpal Tunnel I disagreed with him but went for the tests. Right hand borderline and left hand ok? I went back and he sort of shrugged at the results but made no further suggestions. Oh Doc 1 had just said take some painkillers ... that was years ago.

So almost a year has passed and it is getting to be a real big problem for me. I am wondering if it could be Rheumatism or Arthritis? Any thoughts? Base of the thumbs are the worst area. I guess I want some food for thought before I go back.

Dave
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Post by: essex2visuvesi on June 18, 2013, 09:45:16 PM
(http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/3/3_2_9.gif)
happy to oblige.... the new blade for my fretsaw says that it can handle bone :D


not sure what it could be but I have a similar proplem with the top 2 joints of my index finger, they'll be fine for weeks then it's painfull as hell for a few days with a slightest knock near the joint and the pain is quite bad
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Post by: barriew on June 19, 2013, 09:31:17 AM
Most probably arthritis - I have similar problems which vary from a nuisance to agony! Try Ibuprofen - tablets and gel to rub on.


Barrie
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Post by: Jerry C on June 19, 2013, 09:50:52 AM
?gout?
Jerry.
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Post by: essex2visuvesi on June 19, 2013, 10:31:49 AM
I can tell I'm getting old.....
My mother swears by Glucosamine and Cod liver oil tablets for her Arthritis.... I have started taking them myself (I'm 40)
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Post by: derekwarner on June 19, 2013, 10:37:23 AM
My brothers mother-in-law sprays WD40 on her knees & ankles  %%  prior to playing golf  O0 ........... she is 82 & plays 9 holes twice a week...... Derek
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Post by: inertia on June 19, 2013, 11:07:05 AM
My mother swears by ......... Cod liver oil tablets for her Arthritis
Now I've always had a problem with this stuff. Was there at some time a stone-age dude who was walking along a prehistoric beach one day and, on seeing a dead cod lying in the sand, had the sudden inspiration that cutting out its liver and drinking the oil would stop the pains in his joints?
I think we should be told..................  O0
DM
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Post by: essex2visuvesi on June 19, 2013, 11:16:33 AM
Now I've always had a problem with this stuff. Was there at some time a stone-age dude who was walking along a prehistoric beach one day and, on seeing a dead cod lying in the sand, had the sudden inspiration that cutting out its liver and drinking the oil would stop the pains in his joints?
I think we should be told..................  O0
DM


There are several things like that.... makes you wonder what was going through the discoverers mind at the time
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Post by: Jerry C on June 19, 2013, 11:18:41 AM
You've got to be really hungry to want to chew lobster shells!
Jerry.
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Post by: mikgo on June 19, 2013, 11:46:06 AM
I have to take a enzyme that comes from Chinese hamsters ovaries. So who thought of that and what gave them the idea.
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Post by: grendel on June 19, 2013, 04:45:47 PM
Not wd40! you need duck oil, a mate who was a mechanic used to clean his hands in it every day, and his girlfriend used to say he had the softest hands.
Grendel
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Post by: GAZOU on June 19, 2013, 05:59:02 PM
 O0
 
Quick, quick, tell me where I can find duck oil
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Post by: sparkey on June 19, 2013, 06:11:58 PM
 :o I thing it's a bit late for me,my hands need sandblasting or that's what the wife say's,Ray. O0 O0 
Title: Re: .........Medical Section ...........
Post by: Colin Bishop on June 19, 2013, 06:44:17 PM
Quote
Quick, quick, tell me where I can find duck oil
First catch your duck - and then squeeze really hard. You may be able to roast what's left...
Colin
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Post by: grendel on June 19, 2013, 06:53:33 PM
O0
 
Quick, quick, tell me where I can find duck oil
its made by swarfega / deb

amazon sell it - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Swarfega-Duck-Oil-500ml-Spray/dp/B000Y8HGVE/ref=pd_sim_sbs_auto_1
Grendel
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Post by: irishcarguy on June 19, 2013, 07:52:35 PM
I take 11 different Meds a day. I am not sure they work but while they are fighting among themselves I try to live a normal day one at a time. As we get older we pay for our body abuse when we were younger in spades, & the price gets higher the older you get. I doubt that it is Gout Dave as Gout comes & goes, I hope you get it fixed soon though. Mick B.
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Post by: GAZOU on June 19, 2013, 08:26:38 PM
 ok2  Colin
I catched this duck
he was not happy
I pulled tightly
he left a smelly green liquid
Now there is the smell of the duck in the house
(http://i80.servimg.com/u/f80/15/37/42/64/p1060820.jpg) (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=2863&u=15374264)
 
 >>:-( >>:-( >>:-( >>:-( >>:-(
 
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Post by: Rottweiler on June 19, 2013, 10:41:17 PM
 {-) {-) {-) {-) {-) {-)
no no no,your eeenglish him no good! green stuff is duck SOIL.TRY OTHER END. you qwakers to use stuff that end.poo poo
Mick F
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Post by: Norseman on June 19, 2013, 10:58:46 PM
Thumbs lads - take the Alzheimer's tablet and then think thumbs.  :-))

Dave
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Post by: sparkey on June 20, 2013, 06:56:05 AM
 %) I seemed to be very confused still trying to catch that bl**dy duck,might have to put up with axle grease,just call me sandpaper paws,Ray.
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Post by: GAZOU on June 20, 2013, 06:32:53 PM
 :-))
hello Colin

I found an old duck for you!

press very strong it will give a lot of oil(http://i80.servimg.com/u/f80/15/37/42/64/canard10.jpg) (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=2865&u=15374264)
 
 {:-{ {-) {-) {-) {-) {-) {-) {-) {-) 
 
 
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Post by: pettyofficernick on June 30, 2013, 04:16:04 PM
Has anyone had a carpal tunnel release operation? It would be interesting to compare experiences, I have had both mine done in the last 6 months, and wish I had left well alone, both wrists are worse now than before they started....
 ( Was going to try duck oil on wrists but fell in pond trying to apprehend duck....)
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Post by: GAZOU on June 30, 2013, 05:08:16 PM
 ok2
 
a month ago I did not want a credit card in hand

Today I have tiled floors

it is a small operation if done by a good surgeon

I went to the clinic at 9:00 am. I left at 4 o'clock.

I never had pain

I have a little tingling
 
(http://i36.servimg.com/u/f36/15/37/42/64/p1060825.jpg) (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=2921&u=15374264)
Title: Is Bluebird ok?
Post by: raflaunches on June 30, 2013, 07:12:42 PM
I was looking through some old posts recently and realised that one of our members 'Bluebird' hasn't made an appearance for a long time. Is he okay? I was enjoying his build of HMS Exeter but he hasn't been active on the Mayhem since March, just thought somebody might know if he is alright.
Regards


Nick B
Title: Re: Is Bluebird ok?
Post by: Tug-Kenny on June 30, 2013, 07:37:39 PM

            YES

Tonight I telephoned John and he is fine. He has not been well so was unable to come onto the site for a long time.

He thanks you for your enquiries and was pleased you thought about him.

Ken
 
Title: Re: Is Bluebird ok?
Post by: raflaunches on June 30, 2013, 07:47:21 PM
Thanks for that Ken

Glad that John is fine, can't wait to see his next instalment of his HMS Exeter build. :-))
Many thanks


Nick B
Title: Re: Is Bluebird ok?
Post by: Tug-Kenny on June 30, 2013, 07:49:24 PM

We talked about Exeter and he will carry on when he's up to it.

Cheers

ken

Title: Re: Is Bluebird ok?
Post by: Colin Bishop on June 30, 2013, 08:14:39 PM
Sorry to hear that John has not been well. I hope he recovers soon.
Colin
Title: Re: Is Bluebird ok?
Post by: Stavros on June 30, 2013, 08:25:46 PM
Thank goodness for that Hope he gets well enough to get back to building soon and back on here also


Dave
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Post by: Norseman on June 30, 2013, 08:42:06 PM
Gazou, nice to hear your operation was a success. I hope it remains pain free for a long time.

Nick if you can't get Duck Oil try Toilet Duck  {-)

Dave
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Post by: GAZOU on June 30, 2013, 10:24:45 PM
 ok2
in six months I'm the other hand
it is silly to wait!
 
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Post by: raflaunches on July 04, 2013, 10:33:32 PM
Just had my 10year vaccination boosters today, can't believe I've been in the RAF for that long.
Typically in a very military way, they gave me 4 injections at once, well 2 in each arm one after the other!
Understandably I left the medical section with very sore arms, I've currently had the pleasure of being vaccinated against Yellow fever, Diptheria, Polio, and Tetenus. But I've just woken up and realised that I'd been out for more than a couple of hours,  now I know why they kept an eye on us in basic training when they did that 10 years ago! :o  I feel a lot better now, all they said I could get was flu like symptoms and aching/swollen arms, glad I went back to my room and not to the gym!

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Post by: RAAArtyGunner on July 05, 2013, 03:07:22 AM
Times have changed.
 
In the land of Oz, I Recall when I got my 'shots'
 
It was shirts off and we all lined up down the hall of the RAP in a Que to get all the current shots about six from memory.
At the first door your arm was swabbed and the first jab applied.
Now this where time and motion and economy was applied.
The syringe was unscrewed which left the needle still in your arm, you went to the next door where a new syringe was screwed on and another shot was injected.
This was repeated down the hall at each door until all shots had been injected.
 
You walked out at the end with the Sergeant showing us how to swing our arms to reduce the soreness and swelling the hero's who didn't, paid for it with sore arms later, not to mention those toughie's who fainted along the way.

Think of all the needles that were saved and only one hole in your arm.
That was military precision and efficiency, Imagine doing that today  %% %% %%
 
 
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Post by: Martin [Admin] on October 14, 2013, 07:05:37 AM
 
Anyone know a cure or relief from a trapped nerve in the shoulder?
I think I broke the 'string' in my shoulder / arm changing a tyre on the motor
last week... ( blowout at 70mph! )

My arm's killing me, been crying like a girl all weekend.  <:(
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: pettyofficernick on October 14, 2013, 08:39:06 AM
My old Uncle used to hang off a door, ie, grasp the top of the door with both hands and lift your feet off the floor, works for a bad back, so might do the same for a shoulder. I think the idea is to relieve pressure by allowing joints to 'open up' slightly....
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Post by: Hellboy Paul on October 14, 2013, 08:56:18 AM
Tie a piece of cotton around the arm, just under your bad shoulder and jump out of a 10th storey window, when you hit the ground all your pain will be gone  %% %% %% .....


If you don't fancy doing that, get yourself off to sick bay and see the doc... Doing anything else could do even more damage to the shoulder... (Might not be a trapped nerve!!)


Paul..
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Post by: Stavros on October 14, 2013, 11:54:39 AM
Osteopath  :-))


Dave
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Post by: Peter Fitness on October 14, 2013, 10:34:31 PM
Martin, I'm certainly no doctor but you may have damaged the Supraspinatus tendon (Google it) My wife suffered an undiagnosed injury to hers many years ago, and by the time the doctors realised that the tendon was completely snapped, it was too late to do anything about it. As a result, she is unable to lift her arm above her shoulder on the affected side, and has had to have 2 cortisone injections to relieve the pain.


Your pain may be from a completely different injury, but it's worth asking your doctor.


Peter.
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Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 20, 2013, 09:46:11 PM

Anyone know a cure or relief from a trapped nerve in the shoulder?
I think I broke the 'string' in my shoulder / arm changing a tyre on the motor
last week... ( blowout at 70mph! )

My arm's killing me, been crying like a girl all weekend.  <:(

This shoulder still giving me serious 'gyp', someone recommended acupuncture - anyone have personal experience with acupuncture ?

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Post by: Jerry C on November 20, 2013, 10:01:16 PM
I would go with Peter Fitness. That's similar to my problem but I've got in both shoulders. However I haven't broken the tendon but suffer an impingement. Treated with physio and cortisone injections. Success on one shoulder but not the other. Next stage is surgery which I don't want. Physioterrorist will only give two injections but I can get them done by my GP. I had acupuncture for a ruptured disc. Didn't have much faith in it. Thought it all mumbo jumbo but effect was dramatic. Within a minute after needles put in felt like I'd yamsinged ten triple G&Ts. Lasted 12 hours first time, for hours second time and nothing on third time. Three days between each treatment. After third time pain completely gone. If I ever feel it returning I do a simple exercise which cures it immediately. For you first stop GP.
Jerry.
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Post by: derekwarner on November 20, 2013, 11:38:23 PM
Yes Martin..........30 years ago......pins & needles on right side of face....progressed to right arm......scarey....

Cat scan........ couldn't find anything........traditional western medicine didn't appear to work........Chinese trained surgeon & sessions of  acupuncture ...at first it was an instant relief....but then provided progressively less relief with each session

MRI....[very noisy in those days] confirmed compression of spinal nerves between C2 & C3....my Neurosurgeon said don't worry........when the pins & needles occur.....just take a minute & lower your chin to your breast bone.....guess what............pins & needles go away literally instantly...western technology & an Irish born & trained Neurosurgeon   :-)) ....Derek

Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: BrianB6 on November 21, 2013, 02:33:26 AM
I am currently having Physiotherapy for a trapped nerve in my neck that is affecting my left hand.  I am still not sure if it is working but you could try it.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: derekwarner on November 21, 2013, 03:01:57 AM
That reminds me....... >>:-( I also went to sports Physiotherapy for my issue 30 years ago  >>:-(

The jerk tried stretching my body by restraining the upper torso & subjecting my feet to massive counterweights  %%

When that didn't work....the same jerk tried twisting my neck in a rotational motion...... >:-o

He then asked...."how does that feel"....my response was when I twist my head it feels like sand in an 8"diameter ball bearing <:(!

I personally would not recommend such medico type procedures........Derek
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Post by: irishcarguy on November 21, 2013, 06:09:19 AM
My advice Martin is to get the best doctor you can & get it fixed NOW. Four years ago I fell off a ladder on to my left shoulder. After much coming and going because of the pain I had an MRI done, it showed 4 torn tendons in my left shoulder. They refused to operate because of my age, my doctor said that they were using that as an excuse to cut healthcare costs, in the end I gave up. Big mistake, now because of the damage the vertebrae in my neck are causing me so much pain that I am on very strong pain killers every four hours & my doctor tells me it will just get worse. My only hope is to save enough money to go to the U.S. to have it fixed at my own expense. My advice Martin is don't waste another day, get it fixed now. Mick B.     
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Post by: BrianB6 on November 21, 2013, 09:27:14 AM
That reminds me....... >>:-( I also went to sports Physiotherapy for my issue 30 years ago  >>:-(
The jerk tried stretching my body by restraining the upper torso & subjecting my feet to massive counterweights  %%
When that didn't work....the same jerk tried twisting my neck in a rotational motion...... >:-o
He then asked...."how does that feel"....my response was when I twist my head it feels like sand in an 8"diameter ball bearing <:(!
I personally would not recommend such medico type procedures........Derek

Sounds more like a chiropractor.   They can be vicious.  <:(
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Seaspray on November 21, 2013, 10:26:23 AM
Had a trapped nerve in my shoulder for years. Which gave me pins and needles in the arm and hand  It was caused by changing beds sussed it out that the mattress was harder than the old one. Tried everything but time was the cure. Try your local gym and see one of the coaches there. A trapped nerve is different from  a pulled muscle.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Jerry C on November 21, 2013, 11:04:09 AM
Ref. acupuncture, my physio was NHS but also a well respected sports physio. The acupuncture was on NHS. When she asked me if I would consider acupuncture I was, as I said before, very sceptical but I asked her to explain how it worked. She first explained the eastern reasoning about the yin and the yang and the west wind and the four horsemen and all that tosh. Then she explained the western view of it all. Briefly, by putting needles into three connected neural centers conned the body's systems into believing it had suffer a massive wound. It is believed that when this occurs the body shuts down or slows all non-essentials and goes into protect and repair mode, massively reducing repair and healing times. I thought this made some sense and was more convincing than the eastern view. I asked if there was any reason not to try it and she said the worst that could happen would be that it might not work. So I gave it a go. In the earlier post I may have given the impression that the effect was short lived. On the contrary, the initial effect of apparent drunkenness reduced after each treatment but the final effect was completely successful.
As regards the exercises afterwards, they were, as Derek said, standing with my back against the wall, putting my chin on my chest, then pushing the back of my head on the wall, hold for 8 seconds then relax. Repeat 20 times. Do this 3 times per day. I am now completely free of any pain in my arm caused by ruptured disc pressing on spinal cord. So, for me, acupuncture worked. There is a very good book, written by an ex New Zeeland SAS man, called "Treat Your Own Back" that recommends the same exercise. All this said, it's dangerous to do anything without a CORRECT initial diagnosis. Best of luck.
Jerry. 
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Jerry C on November 21, 2013, 11:18:42 AM
Mick B, I sympathise with you. My brother works for a well known oil company. He was stationed in Calgary when his wife got several slipped discs in her lower back. She suffered terribly. There was no treatment available for her under the Canadian system. His health package precluded him going to the US for treatment and was too costly for them to pay for themselves so they came to UK for diagnosis then had the op in Dubai. It was largely successful.
Jerry.
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Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 21, 2013, 12:36:38 PM
 
Thanks Jerry, useful input.
 Session booked for tomorrow....
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Post by: Norseman on November 21, 2013, 01:40:00 PM
Ref Acupuncture
After years of pain for elbow repetitive strain damage (and every NHS procedure) they finally offered acupuncture. I had no faith in it but it worked a treat. Now I only have to remember not to overdo it on the left. Very successful and didn't hurt. A year passed and I needed a top up course but for the last ten years I have not had to go back.  :}

I have asked about treatment for the constant noise in my ears but they said only a divorce could stop it.  <:(

Dave
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 21, 2013, 05:26:28 PM
 
 
                   {-) {-)
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Netleyned on November 21, 2013, 06:16:10 PM
Had a leaflet through the door advertising hearing
aid that knows when you are watching TV and
adjusts accordingly.
I have emailed them to see if they have one that
adjusts downwards when SWIMBO is talking

Ned
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: plug on November 21, 2013, 11:55:07 PM
or better still turns off
regards Jack.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: derekwarner on November 22, 2013, 01:30:48 AM
 :D & Jerry says......."As regards the exercises afterwards, they were, as Derek said, standing with my back against the wall, putting my chin on my chest"

Interesting Jerry.....my Irish Dr O'Malley asked.....did you ever fall out of your cot as a baby?....I simply said..."Peter I don't remember but I will ask my mum"  :embarrassed:

Its so simple when we think about it......chin on chest extends the nerve fibre arc of the spine at neck level :-)) ....I am also completely free of pins & needles in my face & arm......

Being so impressed with Peter O'Malley...I took him a bottle of cheap Irish whiskey  %) on my next check up a month later ....Derek
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Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 22, 2013, 10:07:47 AM
 
As a side issue, what's your personal favourite way of cheering yourself up?

I have a few:
The Big Bang Theory.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhUFqzCIkSE
An Audience with Billy Connolly.
Enchanted (film)
Not the nine o'clock news.

What yours?

Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Stavros on November 22, 2013, 10:21:23 AM
Sitting and admiring our little marvel  O0 O0
 
Dave
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Made it to 80 (25p Richer now) on November 22, 2013, 11:38:29 AM
Knowing that each day when I wake up I'm nearer to a free television licence not that there is much worth watching and also at the moment only just over a week to go before Mobile Marine models open day may get a cup of tea out of Martin if he finds his way there
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 22, 2013, 12:22:07 PM
 
 Hey Younger! long time no post! How you doing?

 Won't be able to make it to MMM, can't drive that at the moment.
 Make sure you don't blow up your car either!
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: TheLongBuild on November 22, 2013, 01:09:21 PM
Knowing that each day when I wake up I'm nearer to a free television licence

And that will be the year they scrap it  :}
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Brian60 on November 22, 2013, 01:46:39 PM
Matin- Google rotator cuff injury, does this sound like what you have?

I had shoulder problems for five years gradually getting worse over time, then in 2010 after many cortisone injections at the orthopaedic clinic at the hospital, the consultant offered surgery. This was done as a day case patient. After surgery I was given what they call an anaesthetic block, basically they numb the entire shoulder chest area it was great no pain! Then two days later as the anaesthetic wore off it was absolute murder, reduced me to tears for days- a grown man crying in pain! However now I am pain free totally in that shoulder and have full use of the arm again.

It took about 12 months to get full strength back with the help of physio but I had to change to a desk job until I took early retirement a couple months back. My problem now is that it has begun in the other shoulder, have trouble lifting my arm above shoulder level, go to lift things with your arm extended and it doesn't work, you just can't lift anything. I'm not opting for surgery yet, I want to go as long as possible before I have to do that again.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Made it to 80 (25p Richer now) on November 22, 2013, 02:59:54 PM
They will have to be quick I'm already registered for it . days to do as we used to say in some circles. don't let the handle fool you TLB.
yep . not keeping too bad thanks Martin shame shan't see you at MMM . car still going well won't go into why it played up but could have been something to do with a certain aged gent playing with engine management system.
 
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 22, 2013, 06:24:55 PM
 
Well no miracle cure from the Acupuncture session.....  {:-{
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on November 22, 2013, 10:54:11 PM
Took six sessions Martin  O0
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 22, 2013, 11:03:34 PM
 
£300!........ Hmmmmm.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: vnkiwi on November 22, 2013, 11:08:26 PM
spend the money, or suffer the pain quietly

 %) ;) :-X

 :embarrassed:

 ps
re read JerryC reply 236
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on November 22, 2013, 11:09:33 PM
NHS  :-))

But I honestly think £300 would have been well worth my outcome.

Dave
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 23, 2013, 06:09:51 AM
 
All I'm saying, if I just rested it up properly for the same six weeks, I'd save myself the £300 quid!
I didn't feel ANY benifit from the Acupuncture ....  Think I'll seek physiotherapy next.

Quote
spend the money, or suffer the pain quietly

.... very true!   {:-{
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: vnkiwi on November 23, 2013, 07:21:22 AM
Martin,
Acupuncture is not an instant fix, It stimulates the body into accelerating its healing process.
That's why it takes a few sessions to work.
Give it a chance.
You go trying each and every 'cure' your going to do more damage and have to resort to surgery, which has no guarantee either.
Be patient, look after your body, its the only one your got, and it has to last a while yet.
cheers
vnkiwi  :-))
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 23, 2013, 09:20:58 AM

She seems very experience but I did get a little concerned when I caught her looking something up in a book!  :((
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: vnkiwi on November 23, 2013, 09:41:24 AM
There are acupuncturists and there are acupuncturists.
Maybe you need to look further?
 %)
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on November 23, 2013, 03:33:12 PM
Each to his own Martin - maybe rest is all you need.

In my case years of pain and failed treatment methods. Then just six occasions of a few needles left in for half an hour each visit = success. Plus the young lady was very easy on the eye  O0

Dave
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: pugwash on November 23, 2013, 06:04:44 PM
Martin I suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis a  type of arthritis and my physio eventually suggested acupuncture for a very painful joint.
I was of the "highly dubious but will try anything to get rid of the pain"  frame of mind and gave it a go.  Took a few visits but I got nearly
two years painfree living.  AND I got it on the NHS and it cost not a penny.
Definitely worth it.
Best of luck
Geoff
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 27, 2013, 03:16:31 PM
 
Two words, Vibrating Massager.

 Oh the relief... even if somewhat temporary!
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: grendel on November 27, 2013, 09:09:55 PM
my bad back responds nicely to the heated seats in my Volvo.
Grendel
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 27, 2013, 10:06:39 PM
my bad back responds nicely to the heated seats in my Volvo.
Grendel

I'll be round to test on Saturday!   :-))

Most site say ice packs help but I found the opposite.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on November 27, 2013, 10:29:23 PM
Don't be tempted to try the oriental massage technique where the slight boned lady walks on your back.
My wife has walked all over me for years and it hasn't helped me at all  <:(

Dave
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: grasshopper on November 28, 2013, 01:19:52 AM
Question is Norseman, is your wife as 'slight boned' as the Oriental lady....?
That could be the reason it's not done you any good!
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on November 28, 2013, 01:28:40 PM
My wife is a fine woman and I love the bones of her  O0
Not so keen on the other twenty stone  {-)

At this point Irishcarguy is planning to blackmail me and tell her  ;D

Dave
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: irishcarguy on November 28, 2013, 07:59:17 PM
Commenting on your wife's weight is worse than asking for a death sentense, are you looking for a divorce Dave ?. Mick B.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on November 28, 2013, 10:36:49 PM
sentense,
You might have had the grace to state that I was doubling her weight there Mick.
You have been in the colonies too long and now cannot spell  ;D
... even your spell checker is colonic.  {-)

Dave

Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: RAAArtyGunner on November 29, 2013, 06:26:47 AM
You might have had the grace to state that I was doubling her weight there Mick.
You have been in the colonies too long and now cannot spell  ;D
... even your spell checker is colonic.  {-)

Dave

Like the Yanks, the Canuks, also have their own way of spelling, a little bit of Englsh mit a bit o French  :o :o %) %) %) %)
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: irishcarguy on November 29, 2013, 08:10:09 AM
Hi Arty don't even ask how the Irish spell or you might get a shot of Gaelic, that is if I can still remember. I hated the time I wasted trying to learn Gaelic in school. It was an utter waste of time, I have never used a word of it since. As for my spelling Dave, I am nearly top of the class when it comes to Mayhem, & I am much better at English than you are at Gaelic so there.LOL. Mick B.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: irishcarguy on May 20, 2014, 06:05:34 AM
For those of you that missed me (and also those that did not) I am still here & hanging in but I have had a lot of days that I could have done without.I changed doctors & it has been a big help. I still keep an eye on you guys on the forum just in case you are making life too easy for Martin, cheers all, Mick B.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on May 20, 2014, 09:09:03 AM
 
Good to hear from you Mick!
 Chin up etc!
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Tug-Kenny on May 20, 2014, 09:56:04 AM

I'll second that.     :-)) :-)) :-))


Has the snow gone yet.   te he

All the best

ken
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Colin Bishop on May 20, 2014, 03:38:15 PM
Glad to hear from you Mick, keep hanging in there.

Colin
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Richtea on May 20, 2014, 11:00:57 PM
Nice to see you're still with us Mick,
keep plodding on.
Regards
Richard  :-))
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Peter Fitness on May 20, 2014, 11:08:42 PM
Good to hear from you again Mick. All the best.


Peter.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Rottweiler on May 21, 2014, 12:48:08 AM
I would like to add my good wishes to you Mick,and say glad to hear from you.
Mick F
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Shipmate60 on May 21, 2014, 05:48:09 PM
Glad you still up and about!!


Bob
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Netleyned on May 21, 2014, 06:17:10 PM
Keep going Mick,
get the right medical support and
wake up Dave (Norseman)
and get back with the craic between you.

Ned
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: rem2007 on October 26, 2015, 05:09:24 PM
Just curious if any fellow members have ever had or known someone to be treated for head and neck cancer. i was recently diagnosed with cancer of an unknown primary in base of tongue following two surgeries to remove swollen lymph nodes in neck, one was cancerous, PET scan does not reveal primary, but oncologist has ordered 6 weeks radiation and chemo. This whole thing started when a swollen lymph node appeared on my neck in June, first they said it was dental, then said it was glandular fever, finally referred to Musgrove and had initila lymph node removed, then they did a radical neck dissection and removed 39 lymph nodes from the left side of my neck, now starting chemo and radiation which they say has a very curable prognosis but was wondering if any other members have been down this road.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Klunk on October 26, 2015, 05:20:35 PM
Yep my brother in law was diagnosed with cancer in the neck tongue and mouth. Never smoked in His life, rarely drinks. He has completed his chemo and radiation therapy and is just getting back to eating semi solid foods. When he lost his hair I shaved all mine off and we wore silly hats. He now has bum fluff on his head......While mine looks like I'm a monk!
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on October 26, 2015, 05:54:34 PM

 Wishing you well Robert!   :-)
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Big Ada on October 26, 2015, 06:02:23 PM

 Wishing you well Robert!   :-)

And good wishes from me.

Len.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Peter Fitness on October 26, 2015, 09:37:50 PM
Best wishes from me too Robert, I hope all goes well for you.


Peter.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: RAAArtyGunner on October 27, 2015, 12:37:18 AM
Just as an aside, my brother is fit runs etc and all that stuff,  I don't, he has had 5 way heart bypass surgery.

Heard of 4 way bypass but not 5.

End result all good and has recovered, bottom line a good level of fitness is not a preventative.

Good luck with the therapy. :-)) :-))
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: dodes on October 27, 2015, 06:03:07 PM
The reason gunner, is the heart has five arteries feeding it with blood, so if all become virtually blocked you need a 5 way bypass.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: grendel on October 27, 2015, 09:07:18 PM
A chap I worked with bumped his head on the boot of his car, in the hospital they did a scan to check for head injuries and spotted a twisted artery, hereditary, they did an op to unkink it, he warned his brothers and they had theirs sorted too - 3 lives saved by accident, they said it could have blocked and killed any one of them at any time.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: RAAArtyGunner on October 28, 2015, 02:15:57 AM
The reason gunner, is the heart has five arteries feeding it with blood, so if all become virtually blocked you need a 5 way bypass.

Aha, thank you.

Explains why the operation was carried out immediately.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: rem2007 on October 28, 2015, 11:02:39 AM
thank you for your best wishes, at least I can still putter about out in the shed. The prognosis is hopeful and we are very optimistic.

Robert
Title: Esophageal Cancer
Post by: Mad Scientist on January 12, 2016, 06:02:03 PM
Last fall, I suddenly had trouble keeping food down (especially meat) and my weight plunged. {:-{

My Doc got my an urgent consult, and the diagnosis was quite simple.

Esophageal cancer is a 'silent/slow'' cancer, and the Surgeon guessed that I'd been walking around with it for 15 years. I think that I could prove a number closer to 25 years, but it doesn't matter now >:-o

Next order of business: a P.E.T. Scan, to see if it was spreading. As of last Wednesday, Yes <*< Of course, it's still the same 'slow' cancer, so that's not as bad as it sounds.

Prognosis: less than a year to live - and, by my lights, that IS as bad as it sounds.

In just a few hours, my first round of Radiation Therapy!

Tom
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on January 12, 2016, 06:22:36 PM
 
Wishing you well Tom!     :-))
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on January 12, 2016, 06:53:17 PM
Hi Tom

This is from a good site ...
Don't accept a prognosis as fixed because its mainly from statistics based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to you. Everyone is different. Treatments and how people respond to treatment can differ greatly. Also, it takes years to see the benefit of new treatments and ways of finding cancer. So, the statistics your doctor uses to make a prognosis may not be based on treatments being used today.Still, your doctor may tell you that you have a good prognosis if statistics suggest that your cancer is likely to respond well to treatment. Or, he may tell you that you have a poor prognosis if the cancer is harder to control. Whatever your doctor tells you, keep in mind that a prognosis is an educated guess. Your doctor cannot be certain how it will go for you.

I wish you the best in all respects Tom.

Regards Dave
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: irishcarguy on January 12, 2016, 06:59:44 PM
Tom I am so sorry to hear of your health issue. Don't you put too much faith in the stock the Doctor has given you, they are very often wrong on their time lines. When you get out of bed every morning make it a good day. I have known very healthy people that got up one morning perfectly fit & never saw the sun set that day. My grandmother used to say while there is life there is always hope, we are ALL pulling for you on here Tom & I am sure lots of others too. Cheers & Cheers again, Mick B.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: grendel on January 12, 2016, 08:16:15 PM
Tom, dont panic just yet, my MIL was diagnosed with an agressive cancer, over here at the specialist cancer hospitals, they dont give a timescale, just a degree of severity. we didnt think she would make Christmas that year (from late october) after surgery and chemotherapy, we are 4 years down the line, and going back monday for the 6 monthly checkup / scan.
Grendel
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: RAAArtyGunner on January 12, 2016, 09:17:49 PM

An endoscopy will tell all.

Done whilst under a anesthetic, the surgeon puts a camera down the oesophagus and can see what's up.

Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Dixie212 on January 13, 2016, 11:04:44 AM
Tom as Grendel says "Don't panic just yet", my maternal Grandmother was diagnosed with the same some years ago and given less than six months to live. To eventually be claimed five years later when she fell down the stairs.
Good luck with it all.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Mad Scientist on January 13, 2016, 07:02:46 PM
Thanks, everybody!

The Docs seem to be in agreement with you about the 'educated guess' nature of any prognosis. I'm looking forward to good news (but not a cure) once the radiation therapy is done in 2 weeks.

Tom :-))
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: TugCowboy on January 14, 2016, 08:54:38 PM
Worth a go to chuck this out to the Mayhem collective intelligence.

One of the reasons I haven't been able to do much tinkering with model boats is my father has been a bit unwell. Suddenly at age 60 after a life of hard work and perfect health his kidneys just decided to stop working suddenly one Morning in October while doing the shopping.

He's had to give up work, play and everything else and is reliant on daily Dialysis and Blood Transfusions to keep him going at the moment. Unfortunately that won't work for the long term so the only real option is a transplant. Given his age he's not likely to be top of the list in time so, after a few tests, it seems like I might be the best option for him to take one of my kidneys and give him a better run at his last years.

Has anyone here had experience of giving (ideally) or receiving a kidney? I'm hearing many mixed messages about how it all goes, how many appointments are involved in the run up and recovery time.

Many thanks in advance!

Alex

Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Colin Bishop on January 14, 2016, 10:10:34 PM
Wow Alex, that's a difficult one! I wouldn't want to be in your shoes. Your Dad is still relatively young at 60 but what caused both his kidneys to stop working? You would need to be reasonably sure that whatever it was would not apply to your donated kidney as well, otherwise not much point I would have felt.

Colin
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: TugCowboy on January 15, 2016, 09:11:19 AM
Hi Colin,

Unfortunately it was a medical error. He worked his entire life travelling the Middle/Far East as a senior director for a company that sources clothes for UK Supermarkets. Spending so much time out there he used to have to make use of their medical facilities as he'd only be home in the UK for 4 or 5 weeks a year.

One of the doctors he visited in Bangladesh (a very respected medical facility with International backing) put him on a course of tablets for Gout. The UK recommended dose for these particular tablets was a maximum of a 6 month course with one tablet a day. He was put on them for the last 5 years at 5 tablets a day and it was never reviewed here in the UK. The tablets are known to cause Renal failure in some cases and it seems he was one of those.
He has got a small payout as compensation but there's not really any point fighting an organisation on the other side of the world with very different values to those we might expect here so we are just concentrating on moving on and the future.

Thankfully it does mean that a transplant, if successful, should give him back a pretty normal lifestyle, where as he has so little kidney function left now that dialysis simply can't keep things at a level his body is happy with as the loss was so sudden.

Alex
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Mad Scientist on January 20, 2016, 07:51:11 PM
I hope that it's safe to put fingers to keyboard now...when I started this topic, I was simply trying to provide a bit of medical information, just in case anybody should suffer from the same thing in future.

I sure didn't know that I would somehow start a catastrophic loss of celebrities on both sides of the Pond!

Tom
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on January 20, 2016, 08:40:41 PM
Never mind Tom, we are all in the same lifeboat mate.  O0  but I'll look after the ships biscuits.


To add some good news to the thread I am just getting over a double knee arthroscopy. It won't help my actual arthritis but it has sure reduced my pains at rest  :-))  I had a lot of people tell me the op probably wouldn't help and they knew people who regretted having it etc. Plus nobody agreed with having both knees done together. My experience has been positive and I'd recommend it as helpful. Good old NHS.


I'm still struggling a bit but if I lose some weight it will certainly help for now. I hope to retire in two years when my daughter finishes university and then I'm certainly having the new knees. ACTion might start have started selling them by then  {-)


Dave
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Tug-Kenny on January 20, 2016, 09:32:03 PM
Hi Dave,

I have the same knee trouble but managing with pills at the moment.  Would you say yours was an improvement and worth the 'aggro'

Private mail to your other mail address.

ken
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on January 20, 2016, 10:02:47 PM
I'm a portly chap  %)  and have spent almost forty years walking on ballast. I have severe arthritis in both knees, meniscal tears, and as a consequence Bakers cysts. I never took a day off work sick with knees until my ops came around. I was in pain when walking but by placing one foot in front of the other I only had to keep doing it until the shift was over. Driving beyond twenty minutes had become a matter of will power that I could win below fifty minutes. In the end my worst time was at home at rest. With the knees unloaded and free to move about  I couldn't be away from pain for more than minutes, sleep was elusive and sometimes impossible even when exhausted.


I say all that because now after two keyhole ops (done together) I am largely pain free when at rest (thank you NHS) and walking I am improving but with some discomfort. I find I cannot bear to kneel at all and I am seeing my surgeon about that next week. I would say to anyone that if I can get two done together and manage then anyone can get one done and get around. Go for the op Ken and drop the tablets in the bin.


Dave

Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Peter Fitness on January 20, 2016, 10:40:42 PM
I suffered from knee pain, caused by arthritis, for years. I had an arthroscopy done during which part of the cartilage was removed, and this gave me great relief for quite a long time. However, the pain eventually returned so my GP suggested a knee replacement 12 years after the arthroscopy. I had the new knee put in more than 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. I did all the recommended exercises and was back driving 3 weeks after the op. I still walk and bike ride to keep my legs strong, and have had no ill effects from the operation. I will be 79 on Monday, so age should be no barrier provided you do all the necessary exercises, particularly after the operation. To anyone contemplating a knee replacement I say "Go for it".


Peter.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Colin Bishop on January 20, 2016, 10:43:34 PM
I am sort of a member of the same club! Very unpleasant episode last May. Excruciating sudden pain in both feet. Confined to bed for a week (had to crawl to the loo) and couldn't leave the house for weeks. Had to cancel much anticipated holiday. Various medications and injections have got me more or less mobile again but cannot walk more than 2 miles without intense discomfort. Fortunately driving is pretty much OK though. I had a MRI scan at the end of November but had to wait over a month for follow up with Specialist after Xmas. Diagnosis is combination of gout and age related moderate osteoarthritis. I have medication for the gout and will be seeing podiatrist (privately) for a biomechanical assessment with a view to getting custom shoe inserts which should hopefully extend my walking range. We are now planning a fly drive to Canada this year as long as I can get the medical insurance cover. They won't give it to me for foot problems without a diagnosis.

Not a good experience but you do realise just how many people are worse off than you are. At least I can get about OK on a day to day basis which came as a great relief after being pretty much crippled for sevral weeks. My knees aren't great, I have problems in getting up without support, but don't normally hurt as such - I just need a personal crane I think.

Getting older is a b****r but at least it only happens once.

Colin
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Peter Fitness on January 20, 2016, 10:45:40 PM

Getting older is a b****r but at least it only happens once.

Colin


And it's better than the alternative :}


Peter.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: irishcarguy on January 21, 2016, 12:56:59 AM
Happy birthday Peter & many more of them. When I see young people running on hard pavement & concrete paths I cringe, it is nearly a 100% certain they will have knee trouble later & not that much later for some, your knees can't take that kind pounding day after day. Nice that your knees are semi fixed Dave. Mick B. 
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Peter Fitness on January 22, 2016, 09:01:18 PM
Thanks, Mick, I'm hoping for quite a few more too {-)


Peter.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: essex2visuvesi on January 23, 2016, 01:20:12 AM


Getting older is a b****r but at least it only happens once.

Colin


We all have to grow old but we can refuse to grow up :)


I'm 43 and have had Knee problems for the last 20 odd years due to a badly set multiple leg fracture in 1990.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: RAAArtyGunner on January 23, 2016, 05:23:41 AM

We all have to grow old but we can refuse to grow up :)




 :o :o :o  What's that mean  {:-{ {:-{ {:-{
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: irishcarguy on January 23, 2016, 06:14:45 AM
Hi Arty, if you have not figured it out you are still too young to understand, not like us old geezers. I no longer talk about the Golden years, I now talk about the Rusty years. Mick B.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: roycv on January 23, 2016, 09:29:37 AM
Hi all re-knees, arthoscopy.  I have had 3 clean outs and it is worth doing.  Although advised otherwise I walked out of hospital afterwards each time with no problem. 

I regularly go ballroom and latin dancing and before I go I use a gel (Piroxicam / Traxxam) on each knee joint.  Rubbed well in it, it works well.  It is stronger than the Ibubrofen gel sold over the counter.
I also take a pain killer, this takes me through the evening and I do not have pain afterwards as you might expect.
I am not constantly dancing, about 5 mins on and 5 mins off.
Probably the best advice I had from my GP was to take a 20 minute walk each day.

I have been asking about knee joint replacement and have spoken to 9 people who have a new knee  it is split evenly from great, to still have pain, to do not do it if you can still walk / limp.
A difficult choice.

I suspect that I may need a hip replacement at some future time but I have a problem.  Our local hospital MRI scanner is quite small diameter and although I would fit in OK as I did for my last knee scan there is no way my claustrophobia would allow me to go right inside the scanner as scanning my hip would need.  I have asked about the larger ones but not had any success yet.
Anyone else got this problem?
regards
Roy
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Bob K on January 23, 2016, 11:36:29 AM
My wife had a hip replacement a few months ago and the increase in mobility was almost as great as the freedom from almost constant pain.  OK, I have painful legs and can only shuffle a couple of hundred yards at a time.  Partly lower spine constriction and partly nerve damage.  I have another op' next month (fingers crossed it helps).
However a friend at our club has had numerous medical issues, and both knees replaced, but at ten years older than me I would be delighted to be as bright and positive if I ever get to his age.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: inertia on January 23, 2016, 12:00:50 PM

I suspect that I may need a hip replacement at some future time but I have a problem.  Our local hospital MRI scanner is quite small diameter and although I would fit in OK as I did for my last knee scan there is no way my claustrophobia would allow me to go right inside the scanner as scanning my hip would need.  I have asked about the larger ones but not had any success yet.
Anyone else got this problem?
regards
Roy
Roy
I had two MRI scans for prostate cancer and, like you, enclosed spaces give me the horrors. I took a sleep-mask with me, put it on before they slid me into the plastic tube and left it on until I was out again. I was also allowed to take my choice of music CD. As that scanner is LOUD I selected Thin Lizzie - even LOUDER! The scanner technician said it was a 'slightly dubious' choice but my claustrophobia never kicked in.
Good luck!
Dave M
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: RAAArtyGunner on January 23, 2016, 12:07:43 PM
Hi Arty, if you have not figured it out you are still too young to understand, not like us old geezers. I no longer talk about the Golden years, I now talk about the Rusty years. Mick B.

Mick,
You're right.
I am younger in years than Peter, but not by much.
But at heart many, many, years younger.
Had a look at my vintage Marklin train sets recently, but packed them away for ????????
Can't complain about my health as there are a lot of younger people worse of.
Can't get used to the number of young people, 20's, at Cardiology Clinics, or Neurology, recovering from a Stroke. :(( :(( :((
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: roycv on January 23, 2016, 12:29:49 PM
Hi Dave some time ago I went for a head scan in a mobile MRI unit it was very small about the size of a bucket!  I was given a 'panic' button and I lasted nearly 10 seconds and then pressed it like crazy.  I had to sleep that night with the light on, it's quitw scary.
I do not have any other problems fortunately.  By chance I checked with my brother this morning and he has the same problem.
regards,
Roy
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: plastic on January 23, 2016, 01:25:06 PM
Not too keen on MRIs - I spent 90 minutes in one last year with my head bolted into position having a Gadolinium scan for pituitary investigations  - I was about 5 seconds away from freaking out completely and hitting the abort button by the end of it all.

In the end, my back had locked out from laying on the hard, flat board bed and all the circulation had stopped in my legs with them up on a box support - couldn't move to get off the table..

Not pleasant.

After all that, the results were 'inconclusive'.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: roycv on January 23, 2016, 02:04:37 PM
Hi, I bought my last X-ray (dvd) for my son's partner to look at, (Consultant Radiographer) and she was not impressed by the picture quality.  I also have the MRI scan on disc for her to see but the op is done now. 
The consultant who saw that then asked for an X-ray before deciding what to do.
I do remember that during the MRI scan I was told how long it was taking and when we would be finished.
In my first MRI  scan I had my head locked in place I think that was very difficult for me.
Bye for now, just going out for my 20 minute walk which now usually takes 30 ins.
Roy
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on January 23, 2016, 11:19:32 PM
Not too keen on MRIs

Loved my forty minutes even though the music never came on. A whole forty minutes when I didnt get pestered  for money nor get asked to be a taxI  >>:-(

I also know several people with new knees and the jury is split. What does surprise me is that the thinner people were less than happy but not the cake eaters.

Dave (currently wondering what Simnel cake is)
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: essex2visuvesi on January 24, 2016, 12:51:26 AM

Dave (currently wondering what Simnel cake is)


Very Tasty
(http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/food/ic/food_16x9_448/recipes/simnelcake_792_16x9.jpg)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simnel_cake
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: david48 on January 24, 2016, 12:52:13 AM
Simnel is nice it's a fruit cake with almond paste On it ,usually eaten at Easter (if you don't like fruit cake and almond paste it won't be nice ) , I think that what it is .
MRI scan I went for one for suspect gall stones /liver fault , it was in a mobile one ,the operator was of not British extraction and could not speak very good English , told me to hold my breath for 30 seconds (try it ) and do not move ,I could not understand his instructions ,as previously said all very uncomfortable so I pressed the get me out of here button .I was recalled to have another this time in the main hospital all very good and done very efficient , I was talking to the MRI driver and she said it's not neccessary to hold your breath she went on to say that there are drivers and and people who no how to operate them correctly , it's a bit like driving a car she said but I can not drive a formular1 car , There are tremendous people in the NHS but it must be the luck of the game to get the right person .
David
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: inertia on February 07, 2016, 02:38:31 PM
I've been musing over common allergies which affect many model boaters and I've come up with a list. Would anyone care to put them in a different order or add to the list?
(Please note that any offense caused by the contents of the following is entirely intentional:)

1. Spraying or airbrushing paint
2. Soldering
3. Anything involving electricity in a model
4. Understanding brushless motors
5. Instruction manuals
6. Reading the previous postings in a Forum thread
7. Magazine subscriptions
8. BEC
9. Paying more than £10 for a receiver or (£50 for a Tx/Rx combo)
10. Researching a subject before asking a question about it

I shall now go away, watch the rugby and return to see what mayhem has ensued .....  8)
DM
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Brian60 on February 07, 2016, 03:05:39 PM
Glue Dave. Glue should be top of the list, plastic solvents good for affecting the lungs, cyano good for attaching you to everything except what you were trying to glue.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: david48 on February 07, 2016, 05:15:28 PM
The list's ok but No 10 could be at the top .
David
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on February 07, 2016, 06:10:19 PM

5. Instruction manuals

DM

Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: inertia on February 07, 2016, 06:29:37 PM
Martin
How come the manufacturer of your Tee shirt made such an obvious spelling error?
DM
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on February 07, 2016, 06:52:48 PM
 
Thay knew I wood bee byeing it!
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on February 07, 2016, 10:51:59 PM
People who shout whilst posting  O0
I said
PEOPLE WHO SHOUT WHILST POSTING
OKAY  <*< <*< >>:-( >>:-( <*< <*<
no need for it at all  :-) be nice.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: roycv on February 07, 2016, 11:14:04 PM
I always wondered what Martin looked like.  Up till now I have only seen the shirt!
Roy
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Norseman on March 15, 2016, 09:57:58 AM
The last few months have brought me two knee operations, pneumonia with diabetic complications, and for the last few weeks (out of the blue) a cervical disc bulge C4-C5 causing neck shoulder and arm pain with finger tingling. Hopefully it will clear up in a few weeks and before the next plague arrives. Ah well I know my problems are fairly minor compared to others on here but it's still depressing and especially so as it's my right arm/hand (no modelling).

I sometime wonder how anyone ever survives into old age given the myriad ailments that come our way? Moan over  O0

Dave
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: irishcarguy on March 15, 2016, 08:15:24 PM
I am very sad & sorry to hear of your medical problems Dave, take care, Mick B.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Klunk on March 16, 2016, 06:39:42 AM
My last head injury about 6 years ago I had 5 mri scans in 6 hours. Numerous x rays on my head and spine then spent a night awake in hospital with 2 teeth hanging down the back of my mouth waiting for the on call dentist who turned up 10am the next morning. I has been tachycardic all night and believe it or not they discharged me at 3pm that day. I had an ambulance turn up at 6pm to take me back on when they realised I was supposed to have been transfered to the head injury ward! Not that I cared....

They had dosed me up on morphine before I had left and I didn't know I was on morphine!  Spent another 3 days in hospital then a year going to memory clinics. Fun
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: rem2007 on March 16, 2016, 07:33:06 AM
Just curious if any fellow members have ever had or known someone to be treated for head and neck cancer. i was recently diagnosed with cancer of an unknown primary in base of tongue following two surgeries to remove swollen lymph nodes in neck, one was cancerous, PET scan does not reveal primary, but oncologist has ordered 6 weeks radiation and chemo. This whole thing started when a swollen lymph node appeared on my neck in June, first they said it was dental, then said it was glandular fever, finally referred to Musgrove and had initila lymph node removed, then they did a radical neck dissection and removed 39 lymph nodes from the left side of my neck, now starting chemo and radiation which they say has a very curable prognosis but was wondering if any other members have been down this road.

Seems forever, since I posted, but good news, saw my oncologist last week and got the all clear. I am back to work and lost 30 lbs, now I've had to buy new trousers, went from a 38" waist to a 34". Still lacking energy but iron supplements help. I have a dry mouth which is another side effect so it changes the food you enjoy now, but hey ho. Been sitting in the shed wondering where to start again, but the wedding that was put on hold must now go on, mine. We are off to the Algarve for a week in May and will finalise our plans then. thank you for your kind words, and I apologize for my absence but the radiation knocks the wind out of your sails, slept right thru Christmas, to wake on the 27th with anemia, a blood transfusion sussed that out. Many dog walks later I should be fine.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Peter Fitness on March 16, 2016, 09:46:19 PM
Glad to hear that you're feeling better, and have the all clear. Good luck with the wedding :-))


Best wishes,


Peter.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: essex2visuvesi on May 11, 2016, 09:59:21 PM
Currently suffering with a bout of shingles.... Has to be one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life so far  >>:-(
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on May 12, 2016, 02:58:30 AM
 
Just looked Shingles up on NHS.uk...... Sheesh!     Get well soon dude!  {:-{
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: davidm1945 on May 12, 2016, 09:48:27 AM
Currently suffering with a bout of shingles.... Has to be one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life so far  >>:-(


Co-incidentally, I had a text yesterday from my doctor's surgery inviting me to come in for a free shingles vaccination - didnít know such a thing existed.


Dave.
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Netleyned on May 12, 2016, 09:52:26 AM
Had the jab two years ago.
Think you need to be in your 70's to qualify.


Ned
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: essex2visuvesi on May 12, 2016, 10:32:40 AM
Had the jab two years ago.
Think you need to be in your 70's to qualify.


Ned


Another 27 years to wait then, best book an appointment this afternoon  {-)


Hopefully it will have cleared up by then
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: davidm1945 on May 12, 2016, 11:01:41 AM
Just a thought - can you have a single shingle or just one measly measle...?

I had a mump once but it brought all its mates - that was nasty - flat on my back for 3 weeks with a sock stuffed down my pants!  {:-{

Dave
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: grendel on May 12, 2016, 12:49:30 PM
my sister had chicken pox and managed to get just 1 spot - me - I waited until in my mid twenties to get it, and was knocked out for over a week- funnily enough I caught it from my mum as she had got shingles.
Title: Not well
Post by: eddiesolo on August 27, 2016, 01:37:43 PM
I have missed loads of time at my boat club, apologies to Stan and all the guys and gals.


I have had a severe back issue that required an ambulance and a full bottle of gas and air just to try and get downstairs <:(  Been on Tramadol and Diazipam to help with that, it seems to have settled down.

I am also having light lightheadedness and I fall over-wouldn't mind if the drink was responsible  :D The docs did a test, stand with your feet together, arms by your sides and close your eyes-I swoon and topple over, she did a relax test and my left knee had no jerk response-I have had an MRI and am awaiting the results, I also go and see a neurologist at the end of Sept.

So, modelling is slow, very slow just pottering and doing 20 mins here and there. I don't trust myself at the boat club, frightened of damaging someones boat/s or falling in the water. I know the guys will look after me, but at the moment I am not feeling well enough. My mate takes me to some comic cons but I am there only for a short while and then I am sat down a lot.

Hopefully something can be sorted and I can get back to enjoying being out and about.


Si:)
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Netleyned on August 27, 2016, 05:43:47 PM
Sorry to hear of your problems Si.
Just do a bit when you can and if
you can get to the club, I'm sure the
guys there will help you to have a
comfortable visit.
Hope the MRI scans are positive and
give the medics something to go on
to get you into a better situation.


Ned
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Shipmate60 on August 27, 2016, 08:12:50 PM
Si,
Its not a race it is a hobby.
Do it when you want to and it relaxes you.


Bob
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Brian60 on November 21, 2016, 05:45:28 PM
OOoops....

Remember when you put down the chainsaw and pick up an axe, keep your eye on the wood and not what your dogs happen to have started a fight over!

First thought was oooo that hurt (profanity not included) then on seeing how much blood was spurting out search for finger which was amazingly still attached :-))

Into house and grab a wad of kitchen roll and stem the bleeding then sit down and wait for the fireworks when swimbo returns. After she did and gave it the once over (ex nurse you see) I was declared not mortally wounded. I declined a trip to the hospital for sutures which she said were needed and opted for Steristrips instead.

Now sat here several hours later and it is throbbing like a good un and still bleeding (which wouldn't happen if I'd listened to advice and had it sutured %) )
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Martin [Admin] on November 21, 2016, 06:04:22 PM
 
I feel faint..... again!  {:-{
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Tug-Kenny on November 21, 2016, 07:45:18 PM

Crikey Brian, I don't feel so good myself.

Hope to start to heal soon ol mate.  Take it easy and rest.

All the best,

ken
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: Sonar on November 21, 2016, 08:06:54 PM
What I have found since starting to do model making is that stage 3 emphysema And parkinsons disease Make sanding little bits real easy but painting and construction is a whole new ball game   :-)
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: ballastanksian on November 21, 2016, 09:02:29 PM
Get well soon Brian. Ouch  :((
Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: raflaunches on September 17, 2020, 09:56:29 PM
I thought Iíd revive this thread after my little accident I had today!


New motto I shall live by... never trust Christmas gifts from the RAF!


Three years ago I was deployed to Akrotiri as part of Op Shader and since I was there during Christmas I was given a Christmas gift box which has been tradition since WW1. As per those original gift boxes it was full of useful gifts which also included a plastic mug. Iíve used this mug ever since that day for work brews. However today that ceased when I was making my usual mug of lunch time coffee and I raised the mug to the wall mounted hot water boiler and I heard a Ďpopí. I initially thought it was the boiler heating and cooling but it was rapidly followed by a burning sensation down my left hand which I promptly dropped in to the sink. The mug had split open and emptied its contents over my fingers! It was really painful and it now looks worse than it really is but now Christmas gifts are conspiring against me! {-)

Title: Re: Mayhem Medical Section
Post by: ballastanksian on September 18, 2020, 06:21:08 PM
Will you epoxy the mug closed and then wire it tight with RAF wire before continuing to use it?