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Old 9th August 2019, 21:39   #231
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I'm still waiting for the MRI appointment letter to come through, only been one week so far.


Its terrible service really when you think about it, I think the NHS system only works when you are literally at deaths door, as was my father a few years ago. This is where I actually saw the NHS work as it was designed to do, but the system soon fails again when the patient gets released home.

I have just had my third MRI, for three different reasons, brain, prostate, then latest kidneys. The appointments appear in around a month from request - at standard speed. My second, for my prostate came through as 'an urgent' in 7 days and they wanted to do it on a Sunday, but I couldn't make it, so rearranged for the Monday out of hours, then declared 'no problem'.


I haven't really used the medical services before, but I must say I am very impressed with the NHS's care of me generally.



The only time I have really been less than impressed, was when I was rushed in with massive blood loss in the early hours, in shock, left on a trolley, cold not offered a blanket and over-heating unable to get a fan, then the terrible food.



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The NHS, despite its stretched resources and underfunding, is still the best in the world when compared to 3rd world countries. In May this year in Kenya, no bed was available at a private hospital I had been admitted into. The hospital has 2 tiers of service: a public ward and a private wing with private rooms en-suite, a/c, it’s own nurses and great food, Sat TV and mosquito nets for the bed, telephone and el-safe.

The first night, I was admitted into the public ward at the hospital in Nairobi. The ward had no rooms, it was hot 30c + and the flies were everywhere. The patient in the bed opposite had sex on his bed with one of the nurses, no shame or discretion. I had no locker/cupboard by my bed to put my things in, the toilets and showers were communal. I was relieved when I was transferred into the private wing, which charges $1000 USD per night for the room. They won’t discharge or release until the bed/care has been paid for. During the week, I had 3 brain scans, CT without contrast and 2 MRI of the brain and eye sockets with contrast. How did you get on with your scans? ...... the results? Are you any better?

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How did you get on with your scans? ...... the results? Are you any better?

No better, no worse, but I feel fine anyway. Its as if they are desperate to find something badly wrong with me and just keep on trying


Evidence of an ancient stroke.


A naturally enlarged prostate due to age, but not a problem.
Then there is the mild T2.
Latest is low kidney function, which they just haven't found a proper cause for yet, I'm still waiting for the result from the MRI scan of that. 7 appointments over three weeks in July, from blood tests to the MRI.


My renal consultant has stuck her nose into the gastro issue I had last year and wants me to have the camera again in two years. She also put me on .25 Alfacalcidol every other day and I have been quite physically sick on the 3 of the days I have taken them, but the doc says they are essential and no alternative, so stick with them if I can.



They have just decided my bloods are OK, so I can stop taking the iron tablets, which they put me on 12 months ago after that major oesophagus blood loss.



I'm getting an impression that I am very sensitive to meds. I had problems caused by the iron tablet, the doxazonsin and no maybe the alfacalcdol too.


The only actual problem I notice, is my lack of stamina. I used to easily walk for miles.





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An update..

My MRI is now a CT scan, will be the first week in September. My wife received a lovely phone call from the urology specialist surgeon who we saw a few weeks ago.

I found out my wife secretly emailed him with concerns to the amount of pain that I have been in recently, struggling to walk etc. He was replying to her email with a personal phone call, how amazing was that. Not only I have to thank my super incredible amazing wife for thinking of me, also the top urology specialist for taking time out of his day to personally speak to my wife, how caring is that...

Reading between the lines, there may be cause to believe the pain I feel down my legs into my feet could may well be the sciatic nerve. The trigger point for the pain seems to be originating from the testes, so what ever is going on, I just hope it shows up on the CT scan.
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Well! Today will be a 60 mile round trip to go get my nuts scanned a blooming CT scan of all things, I hope it shows what the problem is; hope nothing serious.

Just in case I don't come back, it was nice knowing you all, thanks for the chat and friendly banter; its been a blast.
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If you don’t make Wes - I and all the other club members will miss you.

May I suggest if the worst happens that you donate your gonads to the club. We could use them as a monthly award.

When I chaired meetings in the past we had a plastic fish painted red - it was called the “red herring” - and it was given to those who tried to take the agenda off track.

Here we could use your gonads as a similar award......











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Well! Today will be a 60 mile round trip to go get my nuts scanned a blooming CT scan of all things, I hope it shows what the problem is; hope nothing serious.

Just in case I don't come back, it was nice knowing you all, thanks for the chat and friendly banter; its been a blast.
It’s normal to be anxious about the scan, but remember Wes, it’s a diagnostic tool to help the specialist identify the causes. When he knows the result, I expect he will ring you to discuss it further. A CT scan looks for different things to what an MRI sees. Keep us posted.
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If you don’t make Wes - I and all the other club members will miss you.

May I suggest if the worst happens that you donate your gonads to the club. We could use them as a monthly award.

When I chaired meetings in the past we had a plastic fish painted red - it was called the “red herring” - and it was given to those who tried to take the agenda off track.

Here we could use your gonads as a similar award......:getmecoat


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Yeah, just a bit Phil... I had a CT scan once before, that was for the head pain; not a nice experience I can tell you. You are placed in a small tunnel type contraption, I'm sure they can send you to the moon in one; they even communicate to you behind a screen while they zap you with radiation.
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Yeah, just a bit Phil... I had a CT scan once before, that was for the head pain; not a nice experience I can tell you. You are placed in a small tunnel type contraption, I'm sure they can send you to the moon in one; they even communicate to you behind a screen while they zap you with radiation.
The advantage of a CT scan is that it’s more pleasant for the patient than an MRI. The CT scan can take as little as 5 minutes to do, but each CT emits powerful radiation equivalent to 200 X-rays per session. I hate having a CT scan and can appreciate your anxiety. The MRI builds up images made from magnetism and radio frequency, no radiation is involved, but it’s more noisy and can take up to an hour inside the tube. An MRI is more costly. Next week it’s my turn, I am having a full body vascular scan, no X-rays/no radiation

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The advantage of a CT scan is that it’s more pleasant for the patient than an MRI. The CT scan can take as little as 5 minutes to do, but each CT emits powerful radiation equivalent to 200 X-rays per session. I hate having a CT scan and can appreciate your anxiety. The MRI builds up images made from magnetism and radio frequency, no radiation is involved, but it’s more noisy and can take up to an hour inside the tube. An MRI is more costly. Next week it’s my turn, I am having a full body vascular scan, no X-rays/no radiation

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Yes, its gets you worried while they sit in another room safe and sound behind a large window, they talk to you via a two way radio, play you your own choice of music; and hand you a panic button in case you freak-out.

I had a MRI 10 years ago on my back Phil, as they thought I may have a trapped nerve, horrendously noisy as you say. If only they captured my pelvic area and not being so focused on the nerves in the spine, I may have been fixed by now.

Now 10 years later Phil, they are doing what I asked them to do in the first place The Southampton specialist made a phone call to my wife a few weeks ago, he reckons he's going to get to the bottom of my pain once and for all; lets just hope he does. I have to say, Southampton hospital seems to be leaps and bounds ahead of Bournemouth and Poole hospitals; so far anyway.
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