12 days ago I got sent by my GP straight to the Acute Emergency unit at my local hospital after I had suggested (after being ill for 7 months) that I may have PMR as two people suggested it to me. My ESR (inflammation marker) had jumped form 19 to 63 since June and I cold not get myself up off my back off the GP's examination bed! I saw a consultant very quickly that day and after a thorough examination he agreed that it's 90% likely I have PMR and put me on steroids immediately. After a few days I felt around 70% better and the pain has reduced enormously.
Tomorrow I am having a CT scan of my thorax, abdomen & pelvis and they are also checking for any malignancies.
I rarely worry about medical things but I am feeling very nervous this evening. So glad they are at last moving quickly to get me a diagnosis but it's been a long time coming!
I have 'pain' in the middle of my back on either side of the spine. Before the steroids it was very painful. Although the pain is now very subdued I can still feel something is not right in that area. Since starting taking the steroids one thing I have noticed is every now and again I take a sharp intake of breath. It's completely random and I have no control over it.
Hoping for a reasonable positive outcome tomorrow. Apparently my haemoglobin is 10.2 which is apparently low but no idea what that means.
Any information or comments would be useful.
Thank you very much.