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    My first surgeon told me to forget horses and that I'd never ride again. My second surgeon told me that if I had stopped riding I could have ended up in a wheelchair.

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    I think horses as both emotional and physical therapy is quite overlooked by health professionals. One of the things I have an interest in researching is the effects of hippotherapy on people with various disabilities, both physical and psychological, as it was something I couldn't find any specific research on when I was threatened with sacking for my "fake illness". I even telephoned someone from RDA who was recommended to me by the local RDA centre and she said there was nothing specific that she could send me to provide to my employers. In the end, my physiotherapist wrote a very polite letter to give her professional opinion, but I find it strange that many horse owners and some health professionals seem to appreciate the benefits that horses can bring, but no one seems to have actually done any kind of study
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    I have HMS, though not EDS like Sez. My doctor nicely told me i would be in a wheelchair by 25.... i'm 33 and have not had to go there yet thanks to pain killers when it gets bad. I never understood why my (right) knee would keep me awake with pain as a child, but now I know and when my daughter complains I know what and why and can drug her up on calpol.

    I think there are two types in this world:
    1) the Julz's and Sez's who get on with life and don't let a dodgy bod stop them
    and
    2) the skivers and cheats who skrew the benefits systems when there is nothing wrong with them.

    Good on you for being out there and living your lives!

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    reading your stories are really insperationally!

    since i was young i always had dodgy knees mainly my left knee, they said it was just house maids knee and left it at that. then when i was about 10/11 i fell off my bike and took a nice chunck out of my left knee ( remembering this always makes me feel sick) it was after this i started suffering really bad pains and swelling with my knee. anyway after lots of physio,painkillers and nothing helping i had keyhole surgery when i was about 12/13 where they cut some little ligiments and left it at that no explination as to what the problem was but my knee was alot alot better!

    then after a year or so i started suffering with stabing pains in my right side, many trips to a&e thinking it was appendicitis which it wasnt any way after many tests and keyhole surgery they found nothing other than my womb was red and inflammed! and once again i was never given any diagnosis or what they found!! so my mum took me to a homeopath where he said my problem was with my overies and gave me some treatment which actually relived the pain which was great

    anyway inbetween all this i was only riding now and again either friends ponies or having afew lessons at a riding school. so wasnt a big part of my life.
    i finished school and college with no health problems which was great! and started my first job. then it started going all down hill again.

    i was having problems with my left knee again but this time much much worse it was getting to the stage where i was unable to walk or stand! so i was refered again back to the ortho counsultant where he diagnosed me having displaced knee caps in both knees but left one was the problem. so we gave physio ago but this was making it much more worse, and it meant me having alot of time off work which subcequently ended up me losing my job! so anyway i ended up having keyhole surgery again but this time they cut the larger ligiments which were causing the problem and HEY PRESTO IT WORKED

    so got back up and running and started my new job working in the pathology labs at my county hospital.
    it wasnt long after that i started going riding at a RS where i met some great people and horses which include our Laurrie off here

    but my luck started to run out again
    i started to have pains back in my right side again we tried all sorts of medication because they thought it was gynea related as it got worse when it was the time of the month but nothing worked! so saw a gynea consultant and i had yet again keyhole surgery but this time they diagnosed me as having pelvic varicose veins eek! and they also found i had a follopian cyst which apparently they found during the my first op years ago but never told us
    so started the long trek of going to a private specialist in london as NHS wouldnt cover the cost of the operation as its still relativly new medical problem! and it turned out after i woke from the surgery that he was unable to fix the problem as they were to small to fix so was unlikely to be causing me the pain so i was back to square one again what was the cause!! anyway in the mean time i started to have the pain down my right leg as well so they then thought it was neuro problem!
    but we may actually now know the problem it turns out it is my sciatic nerve!!!!! which has pressure put on it every month due to my to my time of the month and vericose veins and it seems its trapped in my knee due to my displaced knee cap which has never been operated on! finally getting somewhere!!!

    so i know take many painkillers/antiinflammatoris and other meds to keep it under control and i see a neuro surgeon on the 25th for some more tests

    this had affected my riding charlie in the last few months but hes been poorly as well so we both are getting better together
    but i had a set back today with high heart rate and short of breath so have to stop my main painkiller and now on some beta blockers to help my heart rate. but hopefully i will be better soon!

    my god iv just realised how much i have waffled on sorry but have to say being round the horses and friends has helped me a great deal and having a OH which is very patient helps lol
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    That sounds awful poor you there's nothing worse than being pushed from pillar to post and back again with no explanable reason... really hope they find out what's happening and get you on the road to a more comfortable life...

    Re ovary cysts.. I had these once and they are very painfull.. I was sent for a scan to find out what was going on.. they said they wouldnt do anything as these usually burst on their own..and that most people have them (they develope round that time of the month) are very small and burst with no problems... however..some just grow and grow causing pain before bursting... thankfully I've never had one since!!

    and even more rarely they do grow and cause a so much pain they need surgically removed. But to not tell the patient!!! Grrrr

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    thankyou
    yeah luckly my cyst hasnt caused me much bother they did say it hadnt grown any more and stayed the same size and doesnt look to be any problem in the future, i now have a yearly scan to keep an eye on which is good!

    god bodies dont you just hate them
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    Wow ... there are some pretty amazing people on here, and incredibly inspirational.

    I had health problems following the birth of my son in 1998, and five years ago was diagnosed with bowel cancer - this wouldn't have been found if giving birth to Gabriel hadn't have left me suffering from incontinence. I had a stoma fitted four years ago this week, which coincided with Stella blowing her tendon for the first time - we like to do things together! The op was difficult to come to terms with, and I was utterly terrified of getting in the saddle again. I probably wouldn't have done if it hadn't been for a dressage judge I write for quite regularly, he told me that he had had a stoma fitted twenty years beforehand, and persuaded me to go and ride his horse. His honesty and support really helped. He had experienced exactly the same fears as I was having, and reassured me constantly that if I was unlucky enough to fall off I would be ok.
    I retired Stella and then took Indy on loan and rebuilt my confidence riding a 14.2 - which seemed weird after riding big horses, but amazing fun. Unfortunately in May last year whilst riding my best friend's horse in Corfu, I got chucked off and as I was on the road I held onto the reins. I severed the flexor and extensor tendon in my right hand (affecting right ring finger and wrist). I've had three ops - the final one in July this year was a tendon graft. The consultant was pretty sure I shouldn't ride - but knew I would! I got to ride LauraandHarvey's Harvey last month - just a little walk around the yard - which was AMAZING!! And have been to ride a horse that a good friend recently rescued - she now wants me to take him on loan - which is incredibly tempting.
    BUT ... and there is always a but ... at the beginning of November I was diagnosed with secondary bone cancer which is affecting my left hip, knee and ankle. I've started chemo, had my very long blonde hair cut off, its falling out in chunks and I am so p*ssed off its untrue . The prognosis is fairly good, but its ****** scary. I'm a mum of one, with a seriously broken Stella (tendon gone again) and about to start my own business. Mr KadyA is incredibly supportive - but its ****** hard isn't it.
    There's no doubt about it horses are therapy, even though Stella is retired and injured, the fact that she needs me, helps me enormously. Its so easy when you are down to feel so useless, hopeless etc. Stella doesn't judge - she accepts me in whatever mood I am in, as do the other horses on our yard. I can go down to the farm, and just be me - not the Kathy with an illness or irrational fears (or even rational ones!!).
    Sorry for waffling on - but it helps to share!! Mr KadyA wants me to buy another horse to get me back riding more regularly again - despite my illness, he has even suggested he might like to learn to ride himself!

    So to all of us - keep riding, keep loving these magnificent animals - they are amazing.

    Kathy xxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by KadyA View Post
    Wow ... there are some pretty amazing people on here, and incredibly inspirational.

    I had health problems following the birth of my son in 1998, and five years ago was diagnosed with bowel cancer - this wouldn't have been found if giving birth to Gabriel hadn't have left me suffering from incontinence. I had a stoma fitted four years ago this week, which coincided with Stella blowing her tendon for the first time - we like to do things together! The op was difficult to come to terms with, and I was utterly terrified of getting in the saddle again. I probably wouldn't have done if it hadn't been for a dressage judge I write for quite regularly, he told me that he had had a stoma fitted twenty years beforehand, and persuaded me to go and ride his horse. His honesty and support really helped. He had experienced exactly the same fears as I was having, and reassured me constantly that if I was unlucky enough to fall off I would be ok.
    I retired Stella and then took Indy on loan and rebuilt my confidence riding a 14.2 - which seemed weird after riding big horses, but amazing fun. Unfortunately in May last year whilst riding my best friend's horse in Corfu, I got chucked off and as I was on the road I held onto the reins. I severed the flexor and extensor tendon in my right hand (affecting right ring finger and wrist). I've had three ops - the final one in July this year was a tendon graft. The consultant was pretty sure I shouldn't ride - but knew I would! I got to ride LauraandHarvey's Harvey last month - just a little walk around the yard - which was AMAZING!! And have been to ride a horse that a good friend recently rescued - she now wants me to take him on loan - which is incredibly tempting.
    BUT ... and there is always a but ... at the beginning of November I was diagnosed with secondary bone cancer which is affecting my left hip, knee and ankle. I've started chemo, had my very long blonde hair cut off, its falling out in chunks and I am so p*ssed off its untrue . The prognosis is fairly good, but its ****** scary. I'm a mum of one, with a seriously broken Stella (tendon gone again) and about to start my own business. Mr KadyA is incredibly supportive - but its ****** hard isn't it.
    There's no doubt about it horses are therapy, even though Stella is retired and injured, the fact that she needs me, helps me enormously. Its so easy when you are down to feel so useless, hopeless etc. Stella doesn't judge - she accepts me in whatever mood I am in, as do the other horses on our yard. I can go down to the farm, and just be me - not the Kathy with an illness or irrational fears (or even rational ones!!).
    Sorry for waffling on - but it helps to share!! Mr KadyA wants me to buy another horse to get me back riding more regularly again - despite my illness, he has even suggested he might like to learn to ride himself!

    So to all of us - keep riding, keep loving these magnificent animals - they are amazing.

    Kathy xxx
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    KadyA - sorry to hear you've been through the mill...... chin up..it will get better. xx
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    WOW its stories like yours that make me wake up and smell the coffee.....or get up and get my ass in gear. i know myself on countless ocassions iv made an excuse not to ride kip if iv not been feeling very confident that day. Then i hear a story like yours and think 'for god sake woman you have your health and mobility so whats stopping you!!!' and thats what gets me going again.

    I worked in a riding school for disabled riders for 10 years so i should be more thankful for what i have, its just sooo easy to slip into that rut when your lacking confidence.
    Its the challenging ones that give you the most pleasure

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