Time goes by so quickly that I can’t keep up. So much to do around the house (etc.), the cats (etc)…etc.
And then…Coxarthrosis came into my life…
The pain began months ago…I don’t remember exactly when, but I recently found an October 2020 text message sent to a friend in which I wrote that I had some pain in my hip and unfortunately had to postpone our rendezvous. So something was clearly happening as many as seven (!) months ago. Back then, though, Stefano and I both thought it was just a pulled muscle or something minor that would heal itself in time…
I began paying attention only when the pain got worse (I have a high pain threshold, so that probably took a while…I just can’t remember…too much going on…), and I began to limp. By then, though, we were at the beginning or perhaps even in the middle of our kitchen renovation, and I really couldn’t spare the time to go for an X-ray. So I limped through the renovation…and, FTR, I am still limping.
Then of course there was the issue of Covid-19. In those winter months, Tuscany, and Italy in general, was going through some very difficult times. Orange, then red zones, hospitals full of Covid patients…very sad. I had to choose between limping around the house OR leaving the house and possibly contracting Covid. I chose the former. Limp limp limp.
But then the Covid vaccination campaign began, and the numbers started going down, thank goodness. Last week I felt it was safe enough to go have an X-ray…Three X-rays, as it turned out. I had hoped it was simply an inflammation of some sort, which could easily be taken care of, but no, the diagnosis was coxarthrosis, which is basically degenerative osteoarthritis of the hip joint. Yes, degenerative. Bummer.
Incidentally, in case you were wondering (I certainly did!!!), it has nothing to do with my myeloma. Phew. No, it’s a common condition with elderly folks (but not just the elderly…Younger folks can get this thing, too…And I’m not even 60 years old…), BUT you can also get coxarthrosis as a result of a fall, and I did fall very hard when I fractured my shoulder a few years ago. Oh well. Who knows? It doesn’t really matter how I got it, to be honest. I will have to live with it, period. What I don’t want to live with, however, is the PAIN, which can certainly be managed.
And that is why, right after my diagnosis, I asked the wonderful pharmacist, Dr. Ferruccio Balducci (Farmacia Balducci, in Calenzano, Florence), who prepares my C3 curcumin complex capsules, to help me deal with the pain and perhaps even slow down the progression of this type of arthrosis. That was the right move: he has a lot of experience in this field, and he prepared some capsules that should help, not just with the coxarthrosis but also with the myeloma. One of the ingredients, in fact, is Boswellia, which I tested some years ago for my MM. Too early to tell if the capsules are working, but it does seem that my pain has diminished in the past few days, and I am moving around more easily. Time will tell.
Now I need to find, and make an appointment with, a good orthopedist, since it is likely that I will have to have surgery at some point in the future…Unless we can stop the degeneration, eh! A girl can dream, right? 🙂
In other news, more positive news!, Stefano and I have registered to have the anti-Covid vaccine. By July we should both be fully vaccinated. We’ll still wear our masks, though. I recently came across a study on MM and CLL patients, which, as I recall, included nine (?) smouldering myeloma folks. The vaccines were, on average, about 50% effective on the MM patients. Still, as I told my family doctor, 50% is better than 0%.
On an even more positive note, we just booked a week in August of TOTAL RELAX in a hotel located on a stunningly beautiful lake up in the Dolomites, northern Italy. Can’t wait!!!
Anyway, sorry for having written so little in the past few (okay, several!) months, but I’m sure you will understand and forgive me.
Okay, I must be off now. Take care, everyone!!! Ciao!!!
P.S. Some of you mentioned how lovely our marble countertops look in the photo with Potter (in a previous post). It’s actually NOT marble, but an easy-to-clean and very resistant (to cat scratches, e.g.) blend of natural quartz stone, porcelain, and glass. It’s fabulous. We love our new, functional kitchen!!!
Best to you! Been following you for numerous years. I’ve had Myeloma for over ten years. Just wanted to say, that I know osteoarthritis well! I’ve been living with a form of it called Genetic, early onset, Osteo Arthritis for almost 30 years! Took ten years for doctors to adequately diagnose it! With plenty of work, physical therapy, some medications, it can be managed! It’s the only thing wrong with me besides Myeloma! Nothing else! So I geuss fortunate in some ways. On another note, I had planned to move to Italy ten years ago, after some post graduate work, but managed to get Myeloma just as my school funding was set! Such is the way lives get derailed! At this point, just hoping to live for quite awhile longer! Anyway, stay as well as possible, be content and keep letting us know how everything is going, including the kitties. Love my kitty, Theo, very much! Jan
I’m grateful that the good doctors and pharmacist are taking good care of you.
But sorry of the new pain. I hope the kitchen is done for your enjoyment. Today is my floor sanding day and priming the walls for new tiles.
Dear Margaret: So glad to hear from you again….sorry about the hip…I do take Boswellia for arthritis for my hand and it works…so keep taking it. I also take glucosamine and silica to keep up my bones . Your trip to the Dolomites sounds wonderful…Just wanted you to know that when I was 21 years old I climbed the famous “3Zinnen.” I actually led the climb up the big one. the little one is much more difficult, but I did that too…One of my most treasured memories. Hope you are feeling better soon, Beatrice