Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The doctor

As you may know I have been battling pain in my leg and lately in my lower abdomen and side. And even I realised I took a few too many painkillers. So, two weeks ago I made an appointment with my gp and today I was finally able to go. Because I was due to go to the doctor I had decided not to take any painkillers this week. Turns out, I needn't have done it all during the summer: the pain usually subsides after an hour or two/three! Typical!

However, the doctor listened to me (after adding the tetanus shot to my details first) and then told me to put my right foot to my knee and slowly down again. Same with the left foot. Then I had to take my shoes and socks off and walk on tippy-toe. And then on my heels. No problem! I had to lie down and she scratched the soles of my feet with needles and other thingies. Whether I felt it at all? And all the while I was thinking: it's my abdomen woman!

After a few more things with my feet and my legs, she told me why she was testing my lower extremities. By what I had told her, she severely suspected something wrong with my spinal cord! Okay...

Anyway, since I could feel everything (including the vibrating thingy to which I couldn't find the right proper Norwegian term. It was vibrere. Duh) and was in no pain when she tried to put my legs in my neck, she was at a bit of a loss. However, she felt it would be wise to get a second opinion and now I am being referred to having a picture taken. Not quite sure whether it will be x-ray or something else, since she asked me whether I was claustrophobic. But, something is being done to find out the whys and whats!

Now I just have to wait until I get called in for my photo! Oh, and I have to make an appointment for my favourite kind of examination: a surgical smear!


  1. That must be a topography where you are put in a tunnel ! Or maybe a pet scan. Anyway they will find out what you have, that's really a mystery !

  2. Hari OM
    Yes MRI scan, sounds like (G's "topography"). Positive move. All best with it. YAM xx

    1. I agree, at least something is being done about the pain, albeit only finding out where it comes from. Mind you, I did get some more painkillers as well. Starting tonight after an absolutely disastrous night last night!

  3. If they decide to give you an MRI ask them if you can have a small towel or cloth to put over your eyes then you don't have the claustrophobia. You just pretend you're taking a nap. Also be prepared for a lot of clanging and banging. Nothing to worry about, it's just them changing the settings or perhaps picture frames. It's all absolutely painless. I've had several. Don't listen to panicky women. Believe me it's a walk in the park and I've had a lot of procedures in the last couple of years. You might ask about Charcot Marie Tooth (name of doctor nothing to do with teeth!) a genetic disease that manifests itself in a variety of ways and different intensities but is quite rare. Blessings -- stay cool.

  4. All the best for a timely photo session be it xray or otherwise. And even more answers with successful treatments.

  5. Oh, this has been going on for a while, hasn't it? I hope the doctor can figure out what is going on!

  6. I hope the test goes well. Maybe it's an MRI which I think is the big machine that people feel claustrophobic in. You have to keep testing to find out why!


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