Well, that was impressive. Not.
The so-called “expert” had me walking up and down the corridor a couple of times, with skirts hitched up (I know this drill off by heart, as I went through it countless times before diagnose).
Told me nothing I don’t know: that I have pronation (inward rolling gait), but that it’s “not too bad”, a slightly twisting gait, caused by calf tightness, but also “not too bad”, and in short, nothing that would explain the pain.
No custom orthotics for me, but they’re going to order some off-the-shelf ones and put them in the post, to see if it helps - sounded more like hope than expectation.
Otherwise just calf-stretches. Same old, same old.
I came out really feeling as though perhaps I’m exaggerating the pain, or even imagining it, as apparently there’s nothing physically to explain it.
I’m left wondering if it might be nerve pain, but I’m assuming, if that were the case, heat, muscle relaxants (baclofen, diazepam) and conventional painkillers (codeine, paracetamol) wouldn’t touch it.
They do, but just not very effectively any more, or for long.
Am I making a fuss about something that’s not really a problem? I know I can walk miles, so I really can’t be that bad, if it isn’t stopping me walking. But it’s making me miserable. And it’s bad enough to wake me at night, and keep me awake, sometimes, unless I get up and take something.
A pain enough to do that isn’t trivial, is it? Or is it? I’m wondering if I should just learn to count my blessings, and not complain about something everyone agrees is medically inexplicable. I feel right back to ten years prior to diagnosis, when, with no specialist gait analysis or anything, I was made to walk up and down a corridor, told: “It looks fine, but try these insoles anyway” (off-the-shelf ones, just like today). I thought, now I was diagnosed, things would have moved on, and I would have got past: “It looks fine, but try these insoles”. Obviously it’s not fine, or it wouldn’t have been getting worse and worse for years. Do you think it’s worth paying, privately, for specialist analysis, and not just somebody watch me walk down a corridor?