(The instructions said to take one tablet twice a day but nobody told me just how to manage that. I tried tying cotton round the tablet so I could pull it back out to take a second time. I will spare you the nasty details and just say that didn't work!)
I the fullness of time I considered I could probably reduce the medication as I had gone weeks or maybe months with no problems. One tablet a day seemed quite sufficient. In the end, that one went by the board as well and I just took the tablets when I felt stiffness coming on. This way, a month's supply of tabs sometimes lasted my a year or more.
Until last summer.
When my cancer scare turned out to be no more than hypersensitivity to the aspergyllosis fungus in the lungs, I was given a couple of inhalers, one to be used twice a day (the preventer) and the other to be used as and when necessary (the reliever). It wasn't long before I felt the need to use the anti-inflamatory tabs increasingly frequently and, within 6 months or so, I started on the two a day every day lark. Now even the full dose does nothing for me and for the last four weeks I have been in increasing pain.
I went to the doctor and asked if the problem could be either two drugs fighting in my body or - more likely - the preventer inhaler setting off the arthritis. Then I was informed that the preventer is steroid-based and steroids are used to treat arthritis so that should, if anything, be improving the situation.
I am now awaiting the results of blood tests before the doctor decides what to do next.
Maybe it's not the result of one drug having side effects - but it does seem a might big clinical coincidence.
Just before we return from our photographic trip to France, here is a picture of the Place de l'Eglise in our village.