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Date: 10.01.2021
From: Val Bartell

Subject: Arthritis

The pain in my lower back is unbearable, there must be something I could do. Anyone tried pain patches?

Incidentally does anyone on here smoke? I do and Doc said that smoking reduces the smount of red blood cells and increases inflamation Has this pain ever reduced someone to suicide?
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Date: 11.01.2021
From: Carol

Subject: Re: Arthritis

Hi Val
Sorry to hear how much distress you are in. I've just ordered a back support - a bit like a corsett and wore it the first time at work today. It seemed tight above my waist and looser below the waist which was the bit that needed support but I think it helped a fraction. I've also ordered Deep heat pain patches for back relief but not tried these yet. Sorry if you've already tried these options but thought it worth mentioning. From your comment it sounds as ythough your pain is unbearable, my father had a disintegrating lower spine and he was prescribes a fentonyl patch, maybe worth speaking to GP and asking for referral to pain clinic.
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Date: 12.01.2021
From: Val Bartell

Subject: Re: Arthritis

As soon as I see my Doc, he j88st says "Pack up smoking

As soon as I see my Doc he just says "pack up smoking"!!!! He knows that after 50yrs of puffing away it isn't going to happen. He won't suggest anything else. I've actually changed my doc. (this one is really handsome) I've already tried a back support and like you it wasn't supporting the part that needed it, useless.


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Date: 12.01.2021
From: Lois

Subject: Re: Arthritis

Hi Val, your GP should stop fixating on the fact you smoke. You still deserve to be treated in the correct manner.
I gave up smoking 12 yrs ago it was easy my GP prescibed Champix. Google it. My hubby son two brothers and my niece have all used it and it was a success for us all.
Twelve week course of tablets job done no pangs irritability craving. Best thing I ever did. We reccommended to a friend he has never looked back either. Why has your GP not offered it to you because they are available on NHS.
You shouldn't be in so much pain. I hope this new Dr helps you out.
Take care Val xx
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