So, the diagnosis is no “hard damage” so my bones are all in one piece for the moment. No torn tendons and my back’s fine. Basically, I’ve pulled/sprained two tendons in my hip.
I walked in nervous as hell about seeing a new GP, since HMS is one of those invisible illnesses where doctors can be a bit over-cautious about diagnosis.
I went in, hobbling along, and explained that I’d busted my hip. I mentioned I was hypermobile, and that I’d done it kneeling in the garden. The doctor checked that I meant hypermobile (because my accent’s a bit thick for people to understand) and then spoke to me a bit about my history of injury because my medical records haven’t been forwarded yet. (Apparently a lot of them go missing for a month or two upon GP transferral – something to do with them not being sent direct, but through a government agency?)
Anyway, the lovely doctor got me to take my trousers and shoes and socks off and lie on the bed. She even gave me a sheet to “cover my modesty” even though I was wearing underwear, which I thought was lovely. She prodded me all over, all up my back to check for damage to my spine, and checked both legs right from waist height right down to my toes. Then she even checked for temperature difference between my legs (as a sign of inflammation I suppose?) which nobody’s ever done before. Then she said the magic words…
“Ok, no major damage, but it’s clearly very painful. I want you to tell me what painkillers you usually get, since you know your body better than me.”
I was gob smacked. I looked at her with my jaw sagging open and kinda went “Errr… I’ve only ever used over the counter painkillers before.”
She looked at me incredulously and said “No tramadol, no diclofenac, no zapain?” and I shook my head.
“I’ve always kinda had to deal with it. My old GP would only let suggest codeine if I was fainting from pain. I guess I’d like whatever’s the next up from that?”
I walked out with a prescription for 400mg Ibuprofen 3 times a day (which I bought over the counter to save money) and Zapain, four times a day which is 30mg codeine and 500mg paracetamol, but I can take two of those at once.
If I could have, I would have skipped out of the surgery. It’s so liberating to be given something that actually HELPS!
I took the 2 Zapain, and because my body’s not really used to high dose codeine I got really bad nausea about an hour after taking them. They are blissful though! It gave me the first whole afternoon with no pain in 6 years!! They made me very drowsy though, so I’m just taking one per dose for today, with full dose ibuprofen.
I’ve got to present my project to my supervisor and the scariest lecturer in the university on Tuesday, so I’ve emailed asking if I can have a chair, then I’ll not have to take the Zapain, and I can be lucid for the day!
I suppose the moral of this story is, somewhere there are medical professionals that will listen to you. Hands off this one though, she’s mine.