From our not-so-badly-limping reporter:
It's about an hour now, since I left the consultants' room at NTGH. There's bad news and er... good news. First the bad news - my spinal condition is now manifesting itself (as per prognosis) in other parts of my body. This time it's the ligaments of the knees - particularly the one at the very front of the knee, connected to the main front muscle of the thigh. Although the pain and disability is worse in the left, perversely, the amount of ligament converted to bone is worse on the right - which I could plainly see on the X-rays shown to me. The good news: The knees themselves are 'beautiful' according to Mr. Asaad - well I'll have to take his word for it, but it's a great relief to know that there will be no need for replacements, not yet anyway.
Mr. Asaad gave me an injection of cortisone and local anaesthetic into the offending ligament, and as a result, I was able to walk up my stairs without having to drag myself up by the arms. The right one, although sensitive has been left as-is, and I'm seeing the consultant again in 4 weeks for review.
Although the news is not all good - and confirms my own suspicions, I came away from the Hospital with a general sense of relief.