I awoke with a lot of pain in my legs this morning, I had been suffering for a couple of days and it was getting worse.
So Barbara booked me an appointment to see the GP and off I went.
I got a taxi to the doctors because I was having trouble walking, the doctors clinic was upstairs in the surgery but they were kind enough to find a room downstairs for him to see me.
It was long before he turned up and I was in. He asked lots of questions and didn’t do a physical examination.
After the questions he concluded that it might be Polymyalgia, or polymyalgia rheumatica. This is a condition that causes pain, stiffness and inflammation in the muscles around the shoulders, neck and hips and so I could see why he would think that.
He also said another blood test was needed to check for inflammation markers.
He prescribed Prednisolone Steroids to treat the Polymyalgia, the same steroids I had spent the last 6 weeks being weaned off!
So I went to the chemist and picked up my prescription but decided to double check with the oncology team to see if they were OK with me going back on Prednisolone.
Today I also had an appointment at UCLH for a PSMA PET SCAN, to check to see if I was producing enough PSMA (Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen) to allow me to take part in the Vision Trial, the trial which uses Lutetium 117 to kill the cancer cells by seeking them out via the PSMA.
And so it wasn’t long before I was off to UCLH on the train carrying a walking stick to help me along the way. Barbara was coming with me which would be a great help given my condition.
We arrived at UCLH slightly early but was soon seen by the team in Nuclear Medicine.
The procedure was going to be slightly different to the procedure for a bone scan in that they keep you in for an hour after administering the injection because it is a fairly high dose but with a short life.
So I was fitted with a cannula and before long I was injected with a radioactive source called Galium 68.
I was lying on a bed and before long I had nodded of.
I was awaken for the scan, I had to empty my bladder and then I was in.
For the scan I had to lie with my arms crossed above my head!
Well that’s OK I hear you say, and it is, for about 10 minutes and then after that it become very uncomfortable moving in painful as time goes on.
So I was very pleased when the 30 minutes of the scan were up and I could bring my arms down to a normal position, I could feel the blood running back into them!!
I was asked to sit outside for a few minutes to recover while they checked the scan.
I asked if the scan showed I had lots of PSMA and like all radiographer they said they could not say and I will have to wait for the results. Why do they do this????
Although she did smile and say I could go home and relax which I took as code for yes it’s OK so fingers crossed!!
So not I have to wait for my oncology outpatients appointment to find out the result.