Well, my MRI results are in. Phone appointment with Dr R, who is increasingly used to my not physically going to the surgery (The surgery claims not to do phone appointments, but given that it’s that or a home visit they do them when needed) and seemed quite hopeful that it’s not too bad.
The butcher’s bill was three herniated dics in my L3, L4 and L5, nerve compression in the L5, and bit of arthritis. No surprise that it’s causing pain, but not bad enough to warrant surgery yet. As such, I’m being booked in for physio at the medical practice – Long waiting list, but it means not having to schlep over to CA every time, and no chance of running into the physio I dislike.
This does neatly and immediately explain why sitting upright or standing still is excruciating, and why being in water is the only real relief.
Unrelatedly, and in an unusual move, my left knee is dislocated. My patella is basicaly on the wrong side of the joint, and won’t go back. This isn’t normal, even for me.