I went to the doctor on Thursday to see about an alternatives to taking Tramadol to ease the constant pain in my hip and knee. I've been on Tramadol (2 x 50mg tablets to be taken four times a day) for the best part of over 5 years now and was not too happy about being on these darned awful tablets for so long. For those who don't know anything about Tramadol they are Morphine based and are believed to be quite adictive as well as having some pretty nasty side affects.
The outcome was that the doctor decided to send me for some x-rays to see how the wear in my hip and knee is progressing and on the x-ray request letter it said "x-ray right knee and right hip - Considering replacements"! (The x-rays were done on Friday but I have to wait for the results to filter through to my doctor)
However while chatting to the doctor he said that he thought a replacement operation was unlikely due to the problems/treatment I have had with my heart over the last 6 months. What he is suggesting now is that I should have a Cortisone injection in my knee (which he will be doing next Wednesday) and then I will have to go to the hospital for another lot of Cortisone injections in my hip. This will not cure the "root problem" (Hip and knee both wearing out due to me being an old fart) but at least it will hopefully aleviate the pain and the need for these wretched Tramadol tablets for "pain relief", and help towards improving my mobility and lifestyle!
I am not complaining about "my lot" and I realise that there are a great many people out there who are a lot worse off than I am so I am quite "comfortable" with this decision (Especially if it means that I can get back into more serious stalking/shooting without so much pain) but even so are there any SD Members who have got/had any experience of Cortisone injection that can tell me how effective at pain relief these injections are please?
I realise that some do not like talking about "personal health problems" on an open forum so please feel free to reply by PM if you prefer.