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    Originally posted by Toby Gymshorts View Post
    I currently have a splint on my right foot. I quote from notes made during the day's earlier appointment:

    "evidence of destructive joint pathology / hallux valgus"

    So my high-heeled days are over *sob*.
    Have you considered platforms?

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      Originally posted by caja-dglh View Post

      Yup. I have that. It is manageable but after a 30 mile race last year it (and my IT band) near about destroyed me. I am not so convinced by the orthotic inserts, but definitely look into some inner soles that manage it for you.
      Yeah, that's probably the next step (arf).

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        Originally posted by hobbes View Post

        Have you considered platforms?
        Yes. Platform 3, Lewisham Station.

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          Originally posted by Sits View Post
          Ouch. Is that what they used to call fallen arches? Sorry to hear it either way.
          I have the flattest feet in the known universe. No, that's bunions, basically, and I have one a' cookin'. Yay me.

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            Originally posted by Toby Gymshorts View Post

            Yeah, that's probably the next step (arf).
            I found it a bit trial and error. Some I absolutely cannot get on with, some have made me able to run pretty quick times (for me) still.

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              Originally posted by Toby Gymshorts View Post
              I have the flattest feet in the known universe
              I'll do you foot off any time...

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                I'm fairly 'lucky' in that I've had flat feet for years, so I've got used to it. This is a whole new avenue of annoyance, pain, and all-round inconvenience that I could well do without.

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                  I have aches in my leg and arm muscles when I'm lying in bed but not when I'm up and about. I had an MRI on my knee but it's clear of arthritis so my next guess is that it is nerve sensitivity related to diabetes.

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                    So, last Saturday, I was simply reading a book, when I suddenly felt faint and fell - went to the emergency clinic and the blood pressure, etc was fine, but they provide a letter for my GP. Go to him on Monday, he asks the typical questions about such things, and recommends getting a few scans in A and E. After a CT scan and X-ray are done, I hear nothing for about an hour and expect to head home, but then they say to stay overnight, no explanation given. Left overnight on a trolley, eventually on Tuesday morning, they say the CT scan didn't look normal (later proves to be a complication associated with premature births, and thankfully nothing serious), and recommend an MRI.

                    They can't fit me in that day, but by 11 on Tuesday night, I'm finally off the trolley and into a bed. So, on Wednesday afternoon, the MRI is done, but the result won't be available until the following day. Eventually, by Thursday afternoon, the MRI comes out clear, but for various reasons, the follow-up consultation only happens on Tuesdays, and then one has to be an in-patient, so despite being in good health now, I can't actually go home until then. As for what actually happened at the weekend, presumably it was some type of burnout.

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                      10 days in bed is probably exactly what the doctor orde... accidentally happened upon through circumstances.

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                        Bloody hell! Good news that you're well but sorry to hear about all the hospital time.

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                          Jesus DR, you've had a week of it. Hope you're on the mend now.

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                            Boy, that's quite the week. Hopefully it's at least reassuring that everything came back clear.

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                              I paid another visit to the garage doctor's office this morning, as my ear is not really improving and I've now also picked up an infection in my thumb. Since I still have a slight cough I can't go to a regular doctor's office these days. Anyway, I'm now on antibiotics, got swabbed for covid-19 (I'd be very surprised indeed if that comes back positive) and told I appeared to be in good health apart from the bits I already knew about.

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                                I noted on another thread that I visited the garage doctor again on Tuesday, and they referred me to an actual doctor's office for this morning. I have to say this morning was something of a letdown, since all that was done was that they checked my hearing and told me that there's something up with my left ear. Which, seeing as that was the reason I was there in the first place wasn't exactly groundbreaking news. Anyway, I'm in again tomorrow to talk to another doc and hopefully this will be a bit more helpful, and hopefully today's visit at least gave them some useful information.
                                PS the antibiotics cleared up the thumb infection mentioned in the post above.

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                                  I keep reading that as "garbage" doctor

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                                    I’m still not well, but some days are better than others. The MRI and blood tests showed nothing. The earliest I can see the neurologist is August 25.

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                                      Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
                                      I’m still not well, but some days are better than others. The MRI and blood tests showed nothing. The earliest I can see the neurologist is August 25.

                                      Sorry to hear that, HP. At least the negative test results give the quacks a chance of narrowing down the suspect.

                                      I went for an eye test a few days ago, which was slightly tricky with the current restrictions and precautions. I'd had an eye test about 14 months ago which confirmed that I needed new lenses but I didn't act on it at the time, so I wanted the prescription checked before I ordered some new specs.

                                      I do love the technology at the disposal of modern opticians. I'd stuck with my very first optician for ages, but their hardware was ancient. However, the practice closed when the leader was diagnosed with cancer, so I now use my local branch of Specsavers.

                                      Anyway, I paid for a 3D scan of the back of my eyes at the same time as the test and the results of both were very reassuring, as there have been one or two scares in the past. My only (minor) issue is blepharitis, which I'm well aware that I'm prone to.

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                                        So, after a rather unpleasant doctor's visit where various objects were shoved up my nose, we appear to have discovered the cause of my ear problems - I have a sinus infection. Somewhat worryingly, once she found it, the doctor said "seeing as it's been there a while I'm going to prescribe a strong antibiotic", and proceeded to name the one that I was just on for two weeks that had no effect. So I'll be starting a different antibiotic today once I've picked it up.
                                        This doctor was one step short of a full hazmat suit, basically, and complained that she was not enjoying the experience of having to wear it all and that she did find it somewhat hard to breathe in, but seeing as her job was to poke around in people's noses and throats that's what she had to do.

                                        Sorry to hear about your continuing issues, HP. Hopefully the next appointment will be helpful.

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                                          That sucks. IIRC, sinus infections usually resolve on their own in a few weeks, but if you’ve already been on an antibiotic, maybe this one is worse.

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                                            Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
                                            I’m still not well, but some days are better than others. The MRI and blood tests showed nothing. The earliest I can see the neurologist is August 25.
                                            Really sorry to hear this HP, you deserve some good news.

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                                              Hope you get some relief and possibly insight soon HP. Also hope your sinus clears up alright S.

                                              I have a list of four doctors to call on Monday, in order of seriousness: first, to schedule a doppler study to see if I still have a blood clot in my leg, second, to schedule a follow-up related to the clot weirdness, third, to schedule a capsule endoscopy that's a follow-up from the regular endoscopy/colonoscopy that I had recently (they called in the prescription for a bowel prep kit already, so I presume they want to do it soon), and lastly, to my regular doctor to talk about continuing muscle pain/weakness in my left shoulder and my sleeping difficulties.

                                              Then, to put things in perspective, I'll call my uncle, who is undergoing weekly blood transfusions after collapsing in January and was discovered to have a platelet count of 0. Something nasty to do with his marrow that's proving to be quite mysterious.

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                                                After all that, all I can do is to wish you and your uncle the very, very best.

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                                                  Get well soon everyone.

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                                                    So.

                                                    This one's weird.

                                                    When I wake, with the light streaming in early morning, I see everything green

                                                    Quack receptionist recommends optician, as specialist equipment not available in surgery.

                                                    That's a weird one, init?

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