My plane to the UK is leaving in three hours time but I will not be on it. I have changed my plans. Over the last few days I have thought how daft it would be to spend time in London when I am not in full health. My back has been playing up so much that I can't stand or sit for that long and life is not very comfortable. I doubt that I could even sit through a show at the moment.
But I now know what is wrong with me. This afternoon I went for x-rays and it turns out that I've got osteoarthritis in the thoracic region (waist level), lumbar discs 1-5 are pinching the nerve ( which is why I have the pain in my right leg), plus there is scoliosis. Not much fun really - I'm not even old (unless 51 is old). But don't think I look like a crooked little person bent double with eyes on the pavement. I look quite normal - honest.
One good thing about the radiotherapy clinics here is that following the x-rays being taken you wait around for them to be printed and for a doctor at the clinic to explain what is wrong. You are then given a letter, x-rays and CD-rom with the images to hand to your GP. There is none of this waiting a week or so for the results to be sent direct to your doc - they are in your hands more or less straight away. I've got it all ready to take to my GP tomorrow afternoon (yes, you can get doc appointments for the same or the next day here). After all France is ranked numero uno as the country with the best health care system in the world (check the link to see where your country comes). Here is another link to the WHO site itself.
At least this diagnosis will keep me on my diet. The lighter one is the better with these sort of ailments.