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Offline nathansknee

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Hi all,

Been a while since I came here since my op 3/4 years ago, but good ol' agonising pain has brought me back.

Basically I need some advice. I live in China now, and one month ago I went for an early morning massage   where the massage therapist pushed hard on the back of my knee. After this, there was no pain until the evening, when I suddenly felt a growing sensation which felt like you get when you knock a 'funny bone'. Since then, the pain has come and gone, but mostly gone when I've rested only to come back again after walking.

It's winter here, with no heating, so perhaps that could be a factor. I recently went to a very hot Australia for a week and during my holiday I had pain, albeit on a much less frequent basis.

My op before involved kneecap alignment and cartifill (a new cartilage regrow technique that had worked based on the last MRI I had 1.5 years ago). My surgeon also noted my meniscus was torn slightly too.

Basically, any advice would be appreciated. Anyone think I should stick it out here and rest in the hope the pain dissipates? Or should I hop on a plane back to the UK pronto and see a surgeon. I'm reluctant to do anything in China- for one they don't know my medical history, and two, hospitals here tend to be rather horrific.

Thanks guys..
Nathan

Trying to be positive over my knee...

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Re: Mystery sudden knee pain- stuck in China and wondering what to do
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014, 04:19:03 AM »
I should also not there is NO swelling present...
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Re: Mystery sudden knee pain- stuck in China and wondering what to do
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014, 01:44:05 PM »
Maybe you should call or email Your UK surgeon and  see what he thinks you should do?

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Re: Mystery sudden knee pain- stuck in China and wondering what to do
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2014, 06:05:54 AM »
There's a problem there...i can't. UK healthcare rules mean that once you've had an operation they close your case
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Re: Mystery sudden knee pain- stuck in China and wondering what to do
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2014, 09:26:41 PM »
I see.
Who would you go to with a new problem then - your GP? Do you still have one in the UK? Is that someone you could call first and possibly avoid a wasted Journey? Just thought it was best if you asked a real doctor, as most people here seem to be (understandably) reluctant to diagnose others over the internet. Though you could still get a reply from someone with a similar problem who can advice you, I can't I'm afraid...
Just my thoughts (FWIW, not much I guess..), if you're no better after one month it probably should be seen to, but then if you're no worse it's not likely an emergency. Weren't planning a UK visit anyway in the near future  were you?
By the way. where in the knee does it hurt? Same place as pre-op/post-op?

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Re: Mystery sudden knee pain- stuck in China and wondering what to do
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2014, 09:50:20 PM »
There's a problem there...i can't. UK healthcare rules mean that once you've had an operation they close your case

Was it done privately or NHS? If the former, you should be able to arrange an appointment through the surgeon's secretary.  You will need a referral even if self paying for most surgeons, although perhaps not so if a follow up.  I have never had any issues accessing my surgeon even when many months have passed.  Sometimes the private HC provider needs a GP referral, or the secretary.  Sometimes not

Call your former GP surgery, if you still have family in the practice catchment area and are a UK citizen, you should be able to register as a temporary patient if there is paperwork to do

If the specialist treatment was on NHS and you've been discharged, I believe you'll need to start the GP referral process again, which may entail several trips (or pay out of pocket to see the surgeon privately)

But I'd check it all out before making travel plans.  Would certainly be worth sending an email to the private or NHS secretary as applicable, explaining the situation and asking for advice

Good luck :)
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Re: Mystery sudden knee pain- stuck in China and wondering what to do
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2014, 12:08:39 AM »
Thanks for the advice guys.

My case is complex, since I went through the NHS but to a private doctor. And his private rate of 120 plus just for a consultation, you'll understand why I'm reluctant to go direct. The NHS will insist on my firstly seeing a GP who knows nothing about knees, but based on my case history, the referral SHOULD be a case on seeing them for a couple of minutes. Not sure though if I can still be referred to the same doctor.

I was thinking this- MRI on the cheap in China, say 30. Then I try to ask him to look at the results, based on the fact I think he'll be interested in the pioneering technique he gave me a few years ago.

For info, the pain feels different- like a say more like hitting a funny bone. Hey ho, I guess I'll just wait it out a month and then decide if I need to shelve out the money. Thing is, I'm a student here learning Chinese, so going back will hit me badly....no choice if the pain's there I guess...

Nathan

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Re: Mystery sudden knee pain- stuck in China and wondering what to do
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2014, 12:42:30 PM »
How is it feeling now?
From what you say, comparing it to hitting your funny bone,  you could have a had a trapped nerve thanks to the massage.   Or something else of course. Does gentle exercise  like you are on an exercise bike in early post - op days do anything, or gently manipulating your kneecap? 
Did you call a GP. You presumably have medical travel insurance, so why not call them and let them find you a private European or American hospital set up over there.















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