The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: immogen on November 12, 2008, 09:46:15 PM

Post by: immogen on November 12, 2008, 09:46:15 PM
Iam a 60 year old lady and overweight which obviously doesn't help. I have had 2years minor trouble with left knee which had cleared up but felt that with limping a long time I was walking lop-sided. pain free though. Mid October was hurrying to catch a plane and my RIGHT leg just collapsed ,is the only way I can describe it. Needed a wheelchair from airport. at home struggled upstairs and stayed there for 4 days. RICE. Pain in knee is nearly constant. can only manage to walk about 20 yards. at most comfortable with leg bent sitting on a hard chair. slightly uncomfortable to lie on right side in bed, get pain in buttock, but the knee throbs for ages sometimes all night. Reading this it sounds obvious to see a doctor but i know from previous experience that  being overweight makes the doctor not take you seriously. i was told before that arthritis is inevitable in someone like me, but it was never confirmed in any way and i eventually got better. that pain was nothing  compared with this though. i have been cycling on a stationary bike which is very comfortable., but it is nearly impossible to put my weight on it.I can't say I bumped or twisted it in any way. it is most painful on the inner knee slightly below the joint, but the whole knee throbs.painkillers and rubs haven't helped. your advice please.
Post by: digginit on November 12, 2008, 10:00:35 PM
If you're not being taken seriously because of your weight, then you should see a different doctor.  I'm a physician who regularly takes care of people who are obese, and I refer many of these folks to orthopaedists who also take them seriously.

Your doctors should not pretend that obesity isn't an issue though.  It's a very important factor in the treatment of your knee problems and other health issues. 

Good luck with this, and be diligent in finding physicians who give you proper care.

Post by: Audice on November 12, 2008, 11:04:32 PM
I like what dig says, immogen. Although an orthopedist is more than likely going to tell you that your knees would appreciate a loss of weight, a good doctor won't turn you away because of your weight. It doesn't make sense that you should have to live in constant pain. Please find a good doctor. Wishing you well...Ellie
Post by: bavage on November 13, 2008, 12:35:29 PM
Ditto digginit. At this early stage you would be better off going elsewhere.
Post by: immogen on November 13, 2008, 02:40:50 PM
I have a thyroid problem that doesn't help. I don't know what you mean about changing doctors. Round here you are lucky to get on the panel of one within travelling distance, let alone ask their views first. With my last knee I was told that they don't refer  you to the hospital now; you are  referred to the musculoskeletal unit for assessment with a physio . this is a 3 month wait. I was mainly wondering whether to keep trying to use it, I am using a walking stick, or whether this will make it worse. I know that being inactive isn't good for me overall. Any further self help advice greatfully received.
Post by: Audice on November 13, 2008, 05:57:14 PM
I don't know what you mean about changing doctors.

Here in the US, immogen, we can take our concerns to another doctor for primary care & certainly ask for a referral for a second opinion. Where I live, I can almost walk to my primary care physician & have access to all sorts of specialists within my own town. It's unfortunate that you can't easily get to see another doctor because that's really what you need to do...Ellie
Post by: maryc on November 13, 2008, 06:04:24 PM
Immogen - if you don't have access to another Dr then you need to be tough with this one.  Demand that he/she do what is necessary for you to have a quality life.  Don't take no for an answer and don't let them brush you aside.  Tell them you want a written report of the status of your knee.  I know it's gonna be hard, but it's your life and if you're not getting what you need you need to fight for it.

Sending healing rays  your way