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Offline Caggie

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Back again...argh
« on: December 03, 2015, 11:25:50 AM »
Heya,

I started on this site in 2005 and been on and off for years generally when things are bad - things are bad again arghh.. ok so brief history was a dance mat injury in 2003 which then led to a mensical tear which then led to a cyst - had 4 arthroscopies and one open for cyst excision and my last surgery was in 2012.  The consultant told me then that I had grade iv degradation of the lateral knee joint and amend lifestyle ie no manual car no sports no running no anything just walk and do as little and possible and if im lucky it may last 5 years before i need a partial knee replacement.  I have done all those things even lost some weight however now im in trouble again.... since the weekend I can hardly weight bear with no major trauma or incident.  The pain is above  and below my knee cap and is so frigging painful i cant walk.  Started a new job 3 weeks ago so looks really bad to be off work already but I am on crutches cos I cant walk.  Saw GP yesterday who asked me what I wanted her to do which was helpful! not! anyway she is going to send me for an MRI has signed me off work for a week and told me to dose up on tramadol.  She said that because im 37 there is no point sending me to a consultant cos they wont do anything at my age... any suggestions? really do not want to lose my job and due to the sheer amount of pain I am in I know this is serious.....
L/K lateral Meniscectomy 19/08/05
L/K lateral Meniscectomy 07/10/05
L/K Open lateral cyst excision 11/11/05
L/K lateral Meniscectomy  in 2007
L/K lateral Meniscectomy 03/08/12
L/K lateral Meniscectomy/Chondroplasty 25/04/16

Offline bizzylizzie

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Re: Back again...argh
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2015, 11:59:46 PM »
I'm not sure I have suggestions other than to not accept your doctor fobbing you off. Being young is a ridiculous excuse and not true at all. There are things that can be done but you need to see a specialist to find out those options. I am 33 and was also fobbed off several times because I'm too young for knee replacement but I found a great surgeon who saw that as all the more reason to do something. Your doctor cannot leave you how you are and if they will not offer any referral or solution then you need to see a different doctor who will.
Good luck, I hope your knee settles down soon and you can get the treatment you need.

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Re: Back again...argh
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2015, 06:40:29 PM »
Thank you

I went for an x ray on Friday and the radiographer suggested i should go to a & e rather than wait the 5 days it takes for gp to get the xray results- despite using crutches the pain is getting worse especially around my knee cap to the point i cannot stand with weight on my left leg - It turns out the Doctor ordered an x ray and not an MRI.... I didn't go to a & e because I don't know what they would do with a pre-existing condition but this feels different to the normal joint aches and pains i get.  I've tried the tramadol but i feel sick and disorientated on it and dihydracodeine does nothing - i didn't manage to sleep til 6am this morning because of the pain.  I've been  to the walk in centre, the gp and x ray do you think there is any point going to a & e? Im due back at work on Wednesday (although cant see that happening) but not due the x ray results until Friday.  Also when I have had xrays they've never shown anything significant before, although I was curious why the radiographer seemed so keen for me to visit a & e - thanks in advance
L/K lateral Meniscectomy 19/08/05
L/K lateral Meniscectomy 07/10/05
L/K Open lateral cyst excision 11/11/05
L/K lateral Meniscectomy  in 2007
L/K lateral Meniscectomy 03/08/12
L/K lateral Meniscectomy/Chondroplasty 25/04/16

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Re: Back again...argh
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2015, 10:23:51 AM »
I don't know what the system is like where you live, but here in Canada, GP's are NOT allowed to order MRI's. only specialists are. GP's can order ultrasounds and radiographs but not CT's or MRI's.  Good luck in your journey!
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Re: Back again...argh
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2015, 09:58:24 PM »
Where abouts are you? I'm in the UK and GPs can order MRIs so obviously depends where you are.
Have you had your X-ray results back? Any change in your knee? Hoping that it has eased a little and you are beginning to get some answers.