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.