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muscle cramps and tears

Maggimai
Maggimai

Hi everyone, I am hoping someone here may be able to help

I suffer Hashimotos, have been too fed up to even bother with further blood tests for some time now. for past 5/6 years I have suffered painful feet, calf and thigh cramp in left leg.

5 years ago I tore my calf muscle, had to wear cast for 3 months I then broke ankle on same leg, another cast for months, now I have had the most excruciating thigh injury with snapping and popping from hip to foot, resulting in one side of my foot going numb and excruciating pain shooting down back of thigh.

I was taken to A& E in agony, where a trauma doctor believes pain triggered by pinched vertebra, said he would write to my GP to instruct him to refer me to MRI clinic for scan on spine, which was all very good, however I could not get him to pay real attention to my painful hamstring, which I was convinced was torn just as my calf muscle had been a few years earlier.

I managed to get to gp surgery with trauma doctor letter, gp gave impression she was going to attend to arrange the MRI appmnt right away, I had only left her surgery 5 minuits when she left me a voicemail message Informing me MRI clinic want me to have an ESR blood test before they give me MRI scan, I went back to surgery for blood test right away, I was perplexed as to why MRI requested this blood test as it is to measure levels of inflammation in my system.

I went back to A& E next day to make enquiries and was told by doctor it was not necessary to have such a blood test to have MRI scan, and stated he had not suggested I have one in his letter of instructions to my GP. incidentally, while I was having the blood test I asked exactly what the test was for and she said " to determine the level of pain I am in, inflammation means pain. the results came back, " normal range" I am now horrified to suspect this GP is attempting to have my need for an MRI scan turned down and over rule the Consultant senior trauma doctor at A& E. I have now got to sit out weekend till I get another taxi to gp surgery for explanation.

Has anyone at the forum had any such experience as this, I also noticed this esr test can show high for hashimoto sufferers, so. what with my muscle damage, excruciating pain and hashimotos to boot this ESR test came back within range with the number8 according to gp receptionist.

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It seems obvious that your doctor is doing what she can to get out of paying for an MRI scan. You might want to investigate under what circumstances an ESR test is done and see whether your situation fits the bill.

labtestsonline.org/tests/er...

Another test used for measuring inflammation is CRP :

labtestsonline.org/tests/c-...

I would suggest that you need to see a doctor with backup from a partner or husband. Alternatively do you have any male biker friends or body builders who can come with you as a witness (to help you walk of course, what else would they be for?)

Seriously though, I would suggest that you sue if you aren't given permission to get an MRI scan and you suffer long-term consequences as a result. I'm horrified that the A&E department needed to ask your GP for permission to do it. Make sure you ask for copies of your GP and hospital notes for the last few days. You might need them.

Maggimai
Maggimai
in reply to humanbean

thanks, humanbean

I intend to take it further, according to A& E trauma doctor they are not allowed to refer patients for MRI from A&E out patients

They can instruct GP to refer patient for MRI scan.

I get the feeling if I had been knocked down by a bus and sustained the same injuries, it would all be a different story.

Thank you again for your reply

Strength and Sympathy Maggimai . It's very hard when one is going thru painful hard times . Have you had your Minerals tested . It's possible that lack of minerals like magnesium are causing you to have leg cramps . I would suggest if your not yet taking Magnesium to add that to your regiment . And check out other minerals you might be missing .

Wishing you better days ahead .

Maggimai
Maggimai
in reply to jgelliss

thank you jgellis, I was actually thinking along same lines as I have been suffering severe cramps for a long time, I am going to see about getting tested for mineral deficiency.

I was also wondering if the fact I rarely add salt to my meals and cook most of my food from scratch.

Thank you again for commenting on my post.

jgelliss
jgelliss
in reply to Maggimai

Refined salt is not good . Try to get on Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt . I got Great Advice from greygoose to keep the Sea Salts one hour away from the thyroid meds .

Best Wishes for Your Wellbeing .

Maggimai
Maggimai
in reply to jgelliss

Thank you Jgellis, for your advice and good wishes, when I do use salt I use rock salt never refined.

jgelliss
jgelliss
in reply to Maggimai

GREAT !!! Keep us Posted with your progress .

Maggimai
Maggimai
in reply to jgelliss

will do. thanks

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