I so appreciate you spending time
talking with us about
osteoarthritis, this is such a big
issue for family caregivers. And I
have to say, as someone watching you
for years on some of my favorite
television shows, it’s almost
implausible to believe you were
dealing with this while you were
doing those shows. How did you
find out that’s what you had and
what did you do about it?
Kaczmarek: First of all,
my father had both of his hips
replaced and so, when I started
having pain, I suspected that I
might be a chip off the old block.
I’d limp, and I became very, very
dependent on ibuprofen, which is a
And for a while there, I know I was
taking at least 20 a day.
Kaczmarek: So I would make
it through the day and since it was
an over-the-counter painkiller, I
just assumed it was fine to be
taking that much. When I was
pregnant with my third child and
working full time on Malcolm in the
Middle, I had to stop taking
ibuprofen through the pregnancy. I
realized then how bad my hip was
because I wasn’t numbing the pain
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