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Offline Texan

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Hard Impact Right Knee
« on: April 16, 2005, 01:37:05 PM »
Just a week ago, I was walking my dog and the loop was wrapped around my wrist.  For whatever reason, cat, dog, something, MY dog took off like a rocket and I fell very hard on the concrete and I was dragged just a short distance, not even a foot.  But, my left knee hit a fairly large rock, whereas my right knee only hit the pavement.  Both knees are swollen and my right knee is of course, bruised up, but it pops every now and then.  However, it is not as painful internally as my left knee is.  My left knee suffered a pretty good gash - it really can't be called a cut because the rock broke the skin and it's fairly deep - but it's even more bruised and even though I can put weight on it, it "feels" like it doesn't want to support my weight and feels unstable.  I haven't seen a doctor because I didn't feel it was that bad, but a week later and I'm still hurting on my left knee, I'm wondering whether to see my doctor or not.  I know I'll probably have to see an OS, which is going to take some time - I'm a US citizen here on a settlement visa - and going through the NHS is like pulling teeth.

Any advice about what I can do before seeing a doctor?  Or, are my symptoms enough to warrant seeing a doctor?

Thanks in advance - Texan in the UK

And, of course after re-reading my post, I realized that it is my LEFT knee, not my right that hurts in this manner, but I should also mention that even though I was not a boy during the ages of 10-15, I had Osgood Schlotter Disease in that same knee.  Even though the "bump" has not caused hard pain when hit like it did when I was much younger, I still have that bump beneath my knee-cap.  Not sure if that helps or not.  I also have used plenty of ice, not directly on the injury, but in a bag, I've kept it elevated and resting as well.  But, things don't get done by themselves, so I am still doing normal chores (I don't work either) and moving my knees as much as possible.  I was hoping to have heard from someone who might be in a similar situation, and to also ask, in this topic, how to speed up medical referrals????  I also have low back pain that is chronic and sometimes acute, but the pain was too intense to wait and wait and wait for weeks on end before seeing the specialist!  If my knee continues like this even though I've seen my doctor, who wouldn't be able to do anything for me anyway except provide the referral, won't it only get worse???
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Re: Hard Impact Right Knee
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2005, 01:40:12 PM »
You should try RICE (rest,ice,compression,elevation) before seeing a doctor. But if your pain persists then yes, I would go see one. Its always better safe than sorry. Did you need to get stitches for your knee? Hope it starts feeling better soon!!
Krista
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Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: Hard Impact Right Knee
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2005, 03:02:16 PM »
Thanks for the info and no, I didn't need stitches thankfully, but it looks more like a hole rather than anything else.  Needless to say, it hurts.   :(
I live here now in England (indefinitely) and I'm not real happy about how long it takes to get anywhere with real medical problems.  Guess there's no avoiding seeing the doctor, but it sure would be nice to cut out the middle man, especially when some things are quite obvious, like my swollen, bruised knees!!   :o

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Re: Hard Impact Right Knee
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2005, 04:26:47 PM »
Hi,

I am afraid the NHS is a long and tedious wait. I think GPs must have a budget/limi of how many referrals they make as they try to guess both my knee and skin conditions, incorrectly I might add and it was after 2 years before I insisted on a referral as I have private medical insurance!

If your company has medical insurance you just tell the GP to give you a referral letter as you can go privately.  The GP will give you the names of specialists in your area and you just have to book an appt.

I managed to see the specialist the following day!

Good Luck!


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Re: Hard Impact Right Knee
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2005, 09:28:15 PM »
sometimes your GP will be happier to make a referral if you outline how your condition is affecting your life. If you say that generally you cancarry ona s normal with a few aspirins, they may not hurry it along quite so much. When I injured my knee the GP didn't even examine it. He made a next day appt for me at the hospital with a knee specialist. IT may have been netter for you to go to A&E as then the referral is usally a done deal.

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Re: Hard Impact Right Knee
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2005, 12:01:16 PM »
Texan
         I also had a fall on my right knee, have a look at this web site and the links it will help you to see just what can be done to help all knee suffers who need surgery, and what thay do when you have been given the options.  joint-clinic.co.uk.
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Oct 04 Patella shaving also medial femoral condyle shaveing
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Re: Hard Impact Right Knee
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2005, 03:52:12 PM »
Texan
 I did the same thing as you, except there was no dog involved.
I fell on my left knee 7 weeks ago and cut my knee open, I had to go to A&E because the bleeding would not stop but I still didn't have stiches. They told me only to rest the knee for 2 days to let the cut close but then I must keep moving so that no range of movement is lost. I had 2 x-rays which came back fine so I went home.
2 weeks later and I could still barely walk and steps where impossible so I went to my GP, she told me it was bruising but to be sure she would send me for another x-ray.
I had another 2 x-rays and these also came back fine.
I can now walk without a limp, but if I stand for along time my knee really aches for the rest of the day, it still swells, feels like its on fire by the time night comes and I have a strange small lump under the skin next to my cut. So last week I went back to the GP.
She still thinks my problems are just bruising but has reluctantly decided to refer me to see a physio but it could be months before an appointment.

So after all that my advice to you is this, the NHS is very slow, go see your GP now otherwise it will take even longer to sort your problems out. Also don't give up, you know what your knee should feel like, don't let the doctors give you any excuses.

I hope your better quickly,
Katy.