Hi,I don't know if I have been screened for autoimmune disorders, is there a specific blood test? I'm guessing this is looking for antibodies?Looking at my blood test papers I can see the thyroid was tested:Serum TSH Level: 2.77 mU/L
Serum free T4 level: 19.1 pmol/Lwould those two results indicate normal thyroid?I have other blood test results such as: ESR is 2mm/hHbA1c 30mmol/molGFR 86 mL/min/1.73m2Serum Bilirubin 18 umol/LSerum ALT level 12 U/LGamma GT 12 U/LB12 510 ng/L
There are some other blood test related to blood count and minerals, which all says normal accept the mean platelet volume which is 7.3fl normal range being 7.4 - 11. fl.I have no idea if I've been tested for cortisol levels. There doesn't appear to be anything on the blood work papers mentioning cortisol, unless it has some other name?
Sed rate is ESR, right? You can see my answer to ESR in my previous reply.I can't see the word protein anywhere on the blood work sheet, so it appears as though I haven't had AAT, RFT or CRP blood work. Are these the correct acronyms? As I will be asking for these asap from my GPI'm assuming the creatine kinase, magnesium levels, electrolytes and serums are of no help here?
serum magnesium is 0.94mmol/L
No. My G.P is a lovely man, but he said he is satisfied with the current blood tests. I asked him for a referral to a neurologist, which he said was ok, however I went private to speed up the process rather than waiting the standard 12 weeks (uk).Neurologist I seen Dr UC Weishmann, who I seen about 3 weeks into my symptoms said I was fine after doing some basic strength tests and and tested my reflexes. He advised me to try a book on cognitive behaviour, I was very emotional at the time, he said he didn't think it was MS or ALS. The muscle spasms at the time of the appointment weren't happening, which is bad luck I suppose. He asked me if I can see the spasms, I said yes, I've even noticed my laptop move on my lap, almost like an electric shock reaction.I asked the neurologist for tests, but he isn't interested. I decided to take a trip to London and ordered myself a full MRI, as per the above results. I haven't shown these results to him yet.G.P suggested to take the beta blockers for a month and see how I feel after that. When I described the pain behind my knee to the G.P he said it could be hyper-extension purely on what I was explaining.As I lie here on the sofa relaxing, I feel this bubbling sensation which is happening in my calves and thighs and other various places in my legs. If I rest my legs on top of each other I feel as if I'm not allowing my leg muscles to contract which is what might be causing the pain. I'm guessing here. This isn't just reserved to my legs, but the legs gets the twitching the most because they are used more than my arms and face etc. Yesterday I did a cheeky wink to my girlfriend and for the next hour or so could feel mild spasms around my eye socket muscles. It's so strange!I've also noticed strange spams in the back of my neck brought on by looking upwards. When I look up to the point of feeling the skin ripples on the back of my neck and then relax my neck downwards again, those muscles that were just use contract 2 or 3 times (very fast spasms). I've not had that for a few days, but I just thought it was worth mentioning.
In my mind this is either neurological, muscle wasting or some sort of Arthritis. Other things I've noticed are my knees from the front go a very deep red almost purple when I stand for say 15 minutes+ and the top of my feet. I first noticed this a couple of years ago and just put it down to sunburn at the time, but I suppose this could just be normal. This doesn't bother me in the slightest but it could be apart of the puzzle.
My biggest concern is that I'm deteriorating, and these muscle spams are a sign of a more serious condition. I want to believe its blood / circulatory related because crossing my legs etc seems to bring on the pain as if the muscles are being starved of blood.My legs are happiest when i'm sitting down, either in a normal sitting position or when my legs are slightly bent. If I fully straighten my legs even when in bed its slightly uncomfortable and the spams are felt more. Maybe this is just because I'm not stretching the muscle out and it feels less stress when its not having to work so hard at a more shortened and relaxed state.
Emotionally I feel slightly better than I did, not sure why, almost acceptance I guess, however I know this is getting worse and I feel it's my duty to not give up and find the answers even in the face of the Dr's telling me the contrary, very frustrating though. Thanks
I think seeing a rheumatologist is a reasonable suggestion. As well as lupus do you think it could be lyme too? My other symptom which I thought is strange, I seem to be going the toilet(bowel movement) once or twice per day, this might seem normal for most people, but I've also been a twice or 3 times per WEEK man. I know it's healthy to pass everyday, but the exact time my problems started I have been having bowel movent X2 or X3 as often as i used to.
Ok thanks. Let's finish up here, however before I do, I still need the original question answering regarding the MRI. I want to understand what those problems are. Please give the maximum amount of detail.
OK, when I copy and pasted the various parts of the report into google the closest match was this link http://www.spinal-foundation.org/Conditions/Lateral-Recess-StenosisWhen I read it, it felt exactly what I thought was happening to me. Almost as if I had wrote it about myself, what do you think about that?