Terrible pain - Eileen's story & advice requested

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by Guest Posts on Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:40 pm

Terrible pain - Eileen's story & advice requested

On behalf of our guest visitor, Eileen:
After being found on the kitchen floor 8 months ago, I was informed I have Atrial Fibrillation and two leaking valves, so am taking Bisoprolol, Amiodarone and Warfarin. If they can get my INR readings to 3.0 or just above I will be having a cardioversion next Thursday. I am constantly short of breath which means my very active lifestyle has almost come to an abrupt end – ie two keep fit classes, line dancing, aerobics and walking. This means I have gained some weight and has brought back an old problem. I had an MRI about 7 years ago which showed my meniscus at the back of my right knee was showing wear and tear, I eventually got rid of the terrible pain with exercise. Unfortunately, the pain is back with a vengeance and as I am not allowed anti-inflammatories (which I don’t want to take anyway) can you suggest an alternative. I am sitting with weights on my ankle and lifting my foot, I have a ‘mini’ cycle – where you sit and just peddle, I also stand and lift my leg forwards, backwards and to the side, I am trying to do squats but the pain is so bad I am struggling, I walk ‘on the spot’ trying to lift my knees as high as possible, I also do step (the step is about 2” high).

I have never been on any medication in my life, felt fit and well, so this has come as a bit of a shock at 73 especially having just lost my husband to cancer , but not happy to be told I have to stay on this medication now for the rest of my life.

Your comments will be much appreciated.

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by Arthritis Care on Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:27 pm

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Dear Eileen,

Thanks for your post. I can appreciate that this is a complicated situation for you as you are dealing with several health issues. I don't know if you've had a thorough assessment and guidance over a number of sessions with a physiotherapist, but this is often really supportive. A physio can help you adapt their advice to your own experience - so if something does not agree with you, do talk to them.

The cardiologist may also suggest some daily exercise that will fit in with their guidance too, so it may be worth getting exercise discussed on all fronts, but see what your GP thinks?

Here's a link to some of our information: https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/managing-arthritis

Do feel free to ring our free phone if you'd like some support.

Kind regards

Guy

Arthritis Care Helpline
Tel 0808 800 4050
10am - 4pm weekdays

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by Mr Adrian Wilson on Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:03 pm

Re: Terrible pain - Eileen's story & advice requested

Please see my other posts https://www.talkhealthpartnership.com/f ... 40&t=15665 and https://www.talkhealthpartnership.com/f ... 40&t=15629.

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Mr Adrian Wilson
Consultant Knee Surgeon - BSc (Hons) MBBS FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Tr & Orth)
http://www.talkhealthpartnership.com/on ... wilson.php

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