After my last post, and my last appointment with my consultant, and his claims that my pains aren’t Crohn’s related, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Firstly, I made an appointment with my GP. I explained to her that I was experiencing severe pain and my consultant claims it’s not Crohn’s pain. I also expressed that if it’s not Crohn’s pain, but the pain is absolutely there then something else must be causing it. I told her I was worried it may be some female cancer lay undiagnosed because I’ve been dismissing it as Crohn’s. She said I don’t fit the ‘criteria’ for most female cancers as I’m young but she’d certainly get things dealt with. She requested a trans-abdominal ultrasound, a smear test and a explained that because female sex organs are so tiny that they may not been seen so I also may need a trans-vaginal ultrasound. Daunting, but at least she’s covered all the bases.
Secondly, I explained that my knees are in horrendous pain and Crohn’s is regularly associated with arthritis. Added to that, my mum and maternal uncle both got early onset of arthritis. My uncle’s in his 30’s. She expressed that the arthritis associated with crohn’s tends to affect the extremities first. And although my ankles are sore sometimes, it’s my knees that wreak havoc most. (This information is contrary to everything I’ve read in my extensive research, but I guess she’s the qualified practitioner and as qualified as I sound [not to blow my own trumpet] I am not). She also said that knee pain and buckling is most commonly associated with weight. She lay me down on the bed and did a variety of physical exercises on my knee and said ‘It does creak some, doesn’t it?’ Creaking, really is the least of my problems. I frequently fall down stairs and my knees buckle at any given moment. And the snow, ALWAYS, always wins.
She has sent of for an MRI of my knees. Which I’m hoping will shed some light on them, maybe even stop them hurting as they do. They seize every night. I’ve mentioned the ‘spider’ my disastrous walk down the stairs in the middle of the night. They become so stiff that even the 5 steps from my bed to the top of the stairs is hazardous. The dog, our clumsy but lovable chocolate Labrador frequently takes my legs out from behind. I hope to hell it’s not arthritis. Because if it’s something else, like my weight for instance, well I’m working on that. I’m slowly but surely loosing weight. And then hopefully it’d be easier, and better. But to be honest, when you hear your 90 year old great great aunt say ‘It’s going to rain, duckie, I can feel it in my knees.’, well, I can. My knees hurt 300% more when it’s going to rain. So if all else fails, at least I have an accurate, inbuilt, barometer.
I’ll keep you posted. I am solely responsible for the budgeting crisis the NHS is experiencing. But I am grateful. More grateful than those rich-list, Robin Hood in reverse, Privatisation-freaks could ever possibly imagine. Because they can afford Bupa Health-care. Because they have funds to make sure they get the best treatment. But for me, the NHS is my first, last and only source or medical treatment. And I will fight for it. As best I can for as long as I can.
As always the picture above does not belong to me. Over and out ❤