Thursday, September 10, 2020

Pain in the 50's

We can all agree that pain comes in two varieties: good and bad. Good pain comes from an expertly-administered spanking; it's ouchy but enjoyable. Then there's bad pain, the kind that comes from within your body and needs to be addressed.

I often have leg pain at night, and no matter how much I adjust my position, it just won't go away. That brought to mind the pain in my ankles that I had as a child in the 50s. It was called "growing pains" and my grandmother's remedy was a poultice of antiphlogistine.

It was thick like peanut butter, but smelled medicinal. It came in a can, which my grandmother set in a pan of boiling water and heated until it was hot. Then she spread the stuff, not on bread, but on a strip of cotton fabric which she wrapped around my ankle. The poultice was then covered with a towel pinned into place, and I kept it on all night. In the morning I would unwrap my foot, throw away the used cloth, and scrub away the sticky goo. It always worked to take the pain away, at least for a while.

We didn't have aspirin in those days, although I suppose it was available. In our household, the analgesic of choice was called 222. These were tablets that contained ASA, caffeine and codeine - quite a mixture! That was for the adults; the child's version was 217. There was also an extra-strength 282 if needed. (These drugs are no longer manufactured or sold in Canada.)

How times have changed.

From Hermione's Heart


Fondles said...

222 reminds me of what we call Pacofen here. It's paracetamol, caffeine and codeine and the only pain medication that's safe enough for the mum. It's good stuff, that.

I don't know if the leg cramps are coming on because of statins... it's been known to cause some leg discomfort so we tell our patients to only take them before bed (instead of during the day). If you ARE on statins... that might be something to think about.

Hermione said...

Hi Fondles,

Thanks for the tip, but I don't take statins. It isn't a cramp, though, just a pain deep inside.


Roz said...

Times have definitely changed! The pharmaceuticals today aren't nearly as effective as they used to be lol. Cold and flu tablets were the bomb when they contained P for example lol


Gemstrong63 said...

Hi Hermione,
I don't know whether this is the same thing as you're experiencing but, I suffer with restless legs syndrome at night. My legs ache like I have 'toothache' in them! All night! They get jumpy and overheated and ache deep inside my thighs and the pain runs down through my legs even when I only have a thin sheet for covering.
What I did was buy me a cool gel top pillow that I place between my legs to keep them from pressing against each other. It hasn't cured the problem completely but it has helped to reduce the ache in them both markedly. They still jump, but hey, can't have everything I suppose! :) x

Bernie said...

What is ASA? I grew up in Southern Ontario, but I don't remember ever hearing of it.

Hermione said...

Roz - there were some really odd drugs back then, to be sure!

Gemstrong63 - that sounds exactly like the pain I have. A pillow like the one you describe sounds good.

Bernie - ASA is short for acetylsalicylic acid, also known as aspirin.


Gemstrong63 said...

Another thought.
I made the mistake of buying one of those memory foam mattresses. My aches in my legs got worse from then on. I've since gone back to a normal air sprung pocket mattress and it has helped because the overheated feeling has gone away.
I hope you find a solution hun, it's the worst pain. xxx