Wednesday, 2 September 2009

A visit to my GP

Today I saw my Doctor about the strange lumpy thing inside my heel, kind of part way up my leg.
It first appeared about ten weeks ago and appears after either walking or even just sitting on the sofa with my legs up.
I mentioned about it to Julie when I went to stay with the Devon girls a couple of weeks ago and she said it’s a Bursitis of the Achilles Tendon, which my Doctor clarified.
When it appears and sticks out, it’s the size of a marrowfat pea and stings as if I’ve put lemon in an open wound ( that’s the only way I can describe it ).

Anyway I came home with some ibuprofen cream to rub on and hopefully sort it out.

Description of Injury
Achilles tendon bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) located either between the skin of the heel and the Achilles tendon (posterior Achilles tendon bursitis) or in front of the attachment of the Achilles tendon to the heel bone (anterior Achilles tendon bursitis). Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon. It often results from a small stretch injury that causes the tendon to become swollen, painful, and less flexible than a normal tendon. Untreated, the injury may fail to heal, or progress to a chronically painful condition.
Achilles Tendonosis is a degeneration of the Achilles tendon. The degeneration occurs from small tears in the Achilles tendon, the tears have a difficult time healing due to poor blood circulation and chronic irritation. Of course, in some people, these tears may progress to a complete rupture of the tendon.

Dr also decided to take my blood pressure as I am on tablets for high blood pressure and have been for a few years now, they monitor it as my mum suffered it and died of an anurism.
It’s high!! So he has upped my dosage from 20mg to 40 mg a day.
He also asked how I was doing regarding the dizzy do’s I still have and have had since chemo. I told him I pass out and feel dizzy and generally awful about every couple of weeks he has given me tablets to take when I feel like this in the hope it will make me feel better at that time and that I don’t keep passing out, here’s hoping!!.

Also he did some blood tests on me:
1 for Cholesterol
1 for liver & kidney function
1 for thyroid function
1 for a full blood count
And a fasting glucose one too.

Basically I had a full mot. I have to give the medical centre a ring on Friday afternoon to see what the results are.
All in all a good day at the Doctors.


  1. not before time too, Dizzy Dora...hope the achilles thing gets sorted too.

    By the way, that's me ['Prime, Viseu'! why? don't know eheheh]

    have a great week!

  2. good luck with the bloods. I had some this week. I hate it when they say 'sharp scratch' when what they really mean is 'searing pain bit like being stung by a wasp'. LOL.
    Hope your achilles problem sorts itself out soon

  3. good to get a confirmation on the ahilles thing and nice to have a doctor that puts you through the paces (blood work wise)

  4. Tracey;

    I really love the way your blog makes me feel like I am in a fantasy land!

    You did have a good visit with the Dr....the dreaded tests are a necessary part...

  5. And did they manage this all within a ten minute appointment? I never get my doctor to do anymore than ask my my name and then I'm outside the door.