Thanks for your advice on my 'delicate' posting.
Just thought I'd update you.
I went to my GP armed with a list of all my symptoms - because I'm very forgetful - and he got half way down and said it could be the [slow] onset of Cauda Equine Syndrome. It freaked me out! He phoned the on-call doctor at the hospital and advised me to go to A+E (where he said they had special equipment). So off we trotted. THREE hours later, the hospital doctor said that he thought my local doctor had over-reacted. The symptoms weren't typical for the Syndrome and that it was more likely to be a water infection. I had a urine sample done which showed something - but it wasn't conclusive, so they've sent it off for testing. He tested my muscle 'tone' (where the sun don't shine, if you don't mind!!!) and said that was fine, so I've been given antibiotics. No 'special equipment' used then, thank goodness.
I've gotta phone my GP on Monday to see if the results are back and we'll take it from there. If my symptoms get worse then, of course, he said I could go back at any time. I'm pleased that my GP chose to send me there to be on the safe side I suppose, but I could have done without the worry. Needless to say I've caved in and had a couple of ciggies to calm me down.
It's a funny old business - spines. The extra pain I've had for a week in my back/legs seems to be linked to so many different things that I can understand why doctors could be accused of going overboard. They're damned if they do and damned if they don't. I am still having increased pain issues, but I believe they may be coming from pressure on the spine, or my medication or now it seems, possibly a water infection. It's just unfortunate that it's all happened in the last week and is just one of those things.
I didn't get to find out what the cause of my increased joint pain was (in my knee, elbow, fingers and feet) as my doc didn't get that far. Perhaps this could be arthritis triggered by some infection which is showing up in my water - I've no idea. Hopefully the antibiotics will take EVERYTHING away and I'll be back to normal (whatever that is) very soon.
Oh, and by the way, I'm starting my phased return to work on Tuesday 5 April - so it's all good.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!