Ok, so I have more news. Can anyone help me with this?
I've just had a call from my consultant's secretary. Basically, my consultant cannot find anyone, or anywhere near, to conduct the pressure test. He's referred me to an orthopaedic surgeon (I think), who I am told has considerable experience in this condition.
My issue now is ,would he even consider doing the surgery I need without a pressure test? Panicking that I am doomed to this....
I'm hoping for some advice from you guys who might have gone through the NHS route for compartment syndrome.
My experience so far has been mixed. My GP, ironically a runner, was useless, but thanks to the persistence of my sports therapist, he referred me to the lower limb triage at my local hospital, and three weeks later I met with a consultant, who was brilliant!!
In the referral, my GP said I had calf pain and he suspected tarsal tunnel syndrome (as I said, useless) - the consultant completely disagreed, and agreed with my sports therapist. He's going to have me do the pressure test, with a view to surgery, because my calves flare just by walking,
So...what I'm hoping you guys can tell me, in your experience is - how long do you think it'll take to get referred for the test, and how long will I have to wait for surgery?
Also, I'll need both doing, so what will be the recovery time?
Any advice/tales of experience would be the best, thank you!
I think I'm the only person in the world who took up running and didn't lose anything! Whatever fat I've lost I've gained in muscle so I'm no different.
Bit disappointed if I'm honest because I hoped running (as well as giving me major personal pleasure and sense of achievement) would help me shift the 20lbs I need to lose.
Reading the earlier comments, I find the only way weight seems to shift is to cut carbs and fruit, and stay high meat and veg. Even then it's not massive, it might be 1lb a week. And for that pound I sacrifice an awful lot, and gym x4 a week plus a few runs thrown in. Depressing!
I am indeed Toro Thanks for the tip, though if my GP is to be believed (and he's head of spinal triage at our hospital) going to a physio would be useless.
I'm registering 7 out of 9 on the Beighton scale for hypermobility, with only my elbows not passing the test. He says my ligaments are all far too loose in my lower back, pelvis, hips and knees, and this is what's causing all my pain, which is soft tissue and ligament related. I knew I was bendy, I knew I had HMS, but not to the extent that it now seems. I've over extended my knees during the Great South Run and this has caused a fluid build-up in "the capsule" around the knee, and this is why I'm feeling all the pain and instability.
Looks like I need to spend my non-running time strengthening the muscles at least. But while my doc was really happy for me to continue running, he just said I'm going to need a lot more recovery time from the big races.
Bit depressed about it if I'm honest, but no point moping, I miss running so much and cannot wait to get back out on the road.