• If I have an ordinary headache I take Anadin Extra. Paracetamol has never worked for me, nor Ibuprofen.

    Sumatriptan is like a miracle drug for me, works every time.

  • Fi replied to the topic Smashing things up in the forum General Banter 5 months, 1 week ago

    Perhaps football brings out the worst in a very, very small minority, but most people seem to be able to watch and enjoy it without doing any damage to anyone. Millions of people watched the match on Saturday (official BBC figures show almost 20 million viewers, but obviously that doesn’t account for those who had viewing parties or went to pubs/ big screens to watch it. The real figure is likely much higher), so to simply say “football brings out the worst in people” is a huge generalization and completely untrue. I hate the fact people are focusing on the actions of a few stupid individuals. I watched the match with a group of friends from work and there were four small children in the group. A good time was had by all and the worst damage done was a few crisps dropped on the…[Read more]

  • Fi replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    Fair enough- but they’ve been easily the best 2 sides.

    I’d be much more concerned if I was a Germany fan.

    Belgium game will be the real test- if England can live with them, then they could do alright…

  • Fi replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    Steady on… they’ve played some of the best football of any team so far, and they’re a young side. Kane is a good player. With him in the side, they’ll be a threat to anyone and given how limited Germany, Brazil, Argentina and France looked, I think they’re not badly placed here.

  • Fi replied to the topic China and football? in the forum General Banter 6 months ago

    Because they’re not very good at it.

  • Fi replied to the topic China and football? in the forum General Banter 6 months ago

    They do.

  • Fi replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 6 months ago

    That’s one heck of an assumption.

    Belgium has more than enough good players for an exciting game, maybe Croatia does too. Colombia could come good, or Uruguay. Portugal has some great players, though tend to play a fairly dull game. Then there’s England…

    And what was the last great world cup final between two established teams? 1986? 1998 was a great final but that was France’s first ever final.

  • Fi replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 6 months ago

    I’m really looking forward to it. Not sure why, but I still find the World Cup much more special than any other football comp, regardless of the quality. Ancient memories of when it was the only time you got to see the world stars; Brazil and Italy in 1982, Denmark and Maradona in 86 etc.

    I’m hoping for England to perform well and just create some good memories, a great goal or two, and get out of the group obviously. Think we have a 50:50 chance against Poland/Colombia and a 40:60 chance against Belgium. I don’t think we’ll be super exciting, but at least we have a bit of a plan. I like Southgate, but I do wish that he’d signed up a coaching genius just to help him for the next three months.

    In my work prediction comp, I have ended up with a Brazil v Argentina final. It would…[Read more]

  • Fi replied to the topic Any sciatica experts? in the forum Health 6 months ago

    Stupid thing is the meds aren’t needed if I stay on my back and are nowhere near strong enough when I sit up. I’m on 2x 5mg diazapam every 4 hours, with 400 mg ibuprofen and then tramadol and gabapentin in the 2 hours in between – I feel like a zombie…

    Went to physio who said that it is probably a prolapsed disc which can take up to 3 months so won’t mri or investigate further till after that time, why I why didn’t I take out private health care a few months ago when I looked into it.

  • Fi replied to the topic Any sciatica experts? in the forum Health 6 months ago

    I think from what the referral number said it is very similar here, I just don’t know what I will do if I can’t walk for a minimum of 6 weeks whilst I get bounced from waiting list to waiting list, it would be annoying if I was employed but as a self-employed dog walker it will absolutely be the end of my business.

  • Fi replied to the topic Any sciatica experts? in the forum Health 6 months ago

    I tried talking to the doctor again today but they aren’t available until tomorrow but to be honest their attitude yesterday was so bad I don’t think I will get anywhere with them. I called the unit that does the physiotherapy from referrals directly and they said they didn’t have the info yet but if I got the doctors surgery to fax them the referral letter directly they will see what they can do so hopefully that might cut through the red tape and get me seen much quicker.

  • Fi replied to the topic Any sciatica experts? in the forum Health 6 months ago

    Well I still can’t sit or stand without being in masses of pain, I called the hospital to say that the doctor said I needed an MRI but the referral team were quoting 6 weeks and was there any way to be seen by their orthopedic department and get an on-site referral to which the answer was no. I called the referral people to see if it could be speeded up as I was losing business and unable to get out of bed. They checked my notes and said I was referred for physio which is 4-6 weeks wait. I told them the doctor said I needed an MRI and they said that wasn’t there call to make but the physio might when the appointment comes through. I can’t spend 6 weeks unable to move around, has anyone got any suggestions, the issue is all in my foot and ankle as soon as I sit or stand.

  • Fi replied to the topic Any sciatica experts? in the forum Health 6 months, 1 week ago

    I called the spinal clinic but apparently they can’t process the referral till 14th so I can’t call to make an appointment till then, I can’t understand having to wait over a week to book an appointment, God knows how long I will still have to wait for the appointment, in the meantime I worry that my clients at work will probably go elsewhere.

  • Fi replied to the topic Any sciatica experts? in the forum Health 6 months, 1 week ago

    Made it to the doctors who have referred to the spinal clinic for an mri and agreed I can try 1 gabapentin per day with the diazapam but warned they may make me really sleepy which works for me as can’t feel pain when I’m asleep.

  • Fi replied to the topic Any sciatica experts? in the forum Health 6 months, 1 week ago

    UPDATE: Went back to chiro yesterday who did another realignment and some acupuncture, came home to bed and too diazapam which sent me to sleep so things relaxed a bit but this morning back to pain again. It’s all in my ankle and foot and can’t face the pain of walking which chiro says I need to do, maybe I need to get to the docter but can’t drive and OH is working away all day.

  • Fi posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Really? Not a good person amongst them? “Power to the people!”

    • Maybe im jaded from working for a big corporate outfit…but the mundane corporate culture, seemingly endless drive to get you to wear the company logo on your arm, culture of we must do everything for the good of ‘the business’ not to mention the vomit inducing vocabulary of corporate nonsence has made me a bit anti-establishment. There are many females in the upper echelons of the organisation i work for and they do a great job. I just dont like corporate drivel.

  • Fi posted an update 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Top ten excuses for not having women on board…

    “I don’t think women fit comfortably into the board environment”

    “There aren’t that many women with the right credentials and depth of experience to sit on the board – the issues covered are extremely complex”

    “Most women don’t want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a board”

    “Shareholders just aren’t interested in the make-up of the board, so why should we be?”

    “My other board colleagues wouldn’t want to appoint a woman on our board”

    “All the ‘good’ women have already been snapped up”

    “We have one woman already on the board, so we are done – it is someone else’s turn”

    “There aren’t any vacancies at the moment – if there were I would think about appointing a woman”

    “We need to build the pipeline from the bottom – there…[Read more]

    • They’re all a bunch of corporate automaton toss bags anyway male or female.

      • Really? Not a good person amongst them? “Power to the people!”

        • Maybe im jaded from working for a big corporate outfit…but the mundane corporate culture, seemingly endless drive to get you to wear the company logo on your arm, culture of we must do everything for the good of ‘the business’ not to mention the vomit inducing vocabulary of corporate nonsence has made me a bit anti-establishment. There are many females in the upper echelons of the organisation i work for and they do a great job. I just dont like corporate drivel.

      • Gosh, your career failure has left a chip…

        • On the other hand, senior execs do spend at least some of their time agonising over the wording of “Our Values” and posting sickeningly insincere “colleague engagement” videos on youtube. So on the basis of this evidence, it might be fair to conclude that if that’s what you want to do with your life (and let’s face it, you do have to devote your life to it, you don’t get there for nowt), you probably don’t have a soul.

        • @amy On the contrary im only 29 and a couple of years back decided that following passions in my life like soccer, generally spending times with people I like being around was far more important to me than striving for ever more money, ever more responsibility, being constantly connected to emails all to achieve a high flying career for which i really dont care.

          When I started work out of uni at 22 I was all for going after a big career but after 5 years realised it wasn’t what was important to me. I earn more than enough to enjoy my life at the moment so why not do that now instead of regretting being a slave to the corporate bone hammer when im in my 60’s and cant get my time back?

          I have no chips. Why we are pushed in the direction of needing to have a big career to be a…[Read more]

          • I think there’s an interesting divide between people here: that of extrinsic and intrinsic value.

            I have enormous respect and admiration for people who work hard and achieve a great deal when what they’re doing has intrinsic value. Academics, creatives, medical professionals, etc etc all devote themselves to their work in a way that I just can’t be arsed with (although I do have to do work that has intrinsic value because otherwise I’m overwhelmed by a sense of emptiness and despair as I watch my life slowly disappear down the drain of capitalist futility).

            But if it’s just climbing a career ladder to achieve money and status – which are extrinsic rewards, they reward us by being compared against others – I don’t see the value. There might be positive side-effects like…[Read more]

    • We would employ more women but we can’t find any women that went to Eton!

    • To be fair, the ones mentioning lack of candidates may well be true.

  • Fi replied to the topic Any sciatica experts? in the forum Health 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for the replies, I’ve got a really good chiro who unfortunately is away for the Bank Holiday but will fit me in on Tuesday. I’ve got some gabapentin that OHs brother left behind after a visit. Do you think it would be safe to take when it wasn’t prescribed for me? Or should I just keep resting and taking ibuprofen as surely the leg just being numb now is an improvement on painful so I guess the pressure on the nerve is reducing?

  • Fi started the topic Any sciatica experts? in the forum Health 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    I’ve had a few bouts of sciatica in the past but this current one is a bit different. Normally I have really bad lower back pain and limited movement in that area and the pain through the right leg is sharp shooting pain, however this time the back pain was just a low grade niggle each morning this week which wore off with movement. Yesterday morning I went to get up and my whole right leg felt “unattached” then my hip became tight and locked up. I wet back to bed and my calf muscle started to have really painful cramps, most of yesterday was a mixture of cramps, numbness and tingling in my right leg but no real back pain. I took tramodol and ibuprofen and found that as long as I lay flat on my front I didn’t get any more cramps just numbness. This morning seemed much better until…[Read more]

  • Fi replied to the topic Best rowing machines? in the forum General Banter 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    There are quite a few companies that rent them which might be worthwhile in case you get bored with it. I think they usually give you a discount if you decide to buy.

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