Hip osteoarthritis pain relief

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I need some help. I've got hip osteoarthritis in the last 4 years I've had 2 ops and one steroid injection. My consultant wanted to put me on the waiting list again in sep last year but I asked to hold off as I had just changed jobs. So put me as an urgent case for a review no more then 3 months later. My appointment has been changed by the NHS at least once a month and now isn't until April when it was ment to be December. Every number I call is saying they can't do anything. I currently take oxynorm liquid 25mls 4 times a day. Tramadol 2 tablets 4 times a day. Paracetamol 2 tablets four times a day. Amytriptiline 2 every night longtec 40mg twice a day and ibroprofen 400mg every 4 Hours. I physically can't take anything else. But I'm still in constant pain and some days I can hardly move. Any advise on how to get seen quicker or pain relief help

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    The maximum waiting time allowable under NHS rules is 18 weeks for 'non urgent' referrals.  This is with the exception of say cancer referrals or where a patient is in need of urgent life saving treatment.  Unfortunately we arthritis patients are considered non urgent in this instance.  Thus if your consultant referred you in September, you should be seen by say around the early part of January.  April is thus outside the permitted timescales.  There is an NHS complaints procedure - I recommend using it.  The old saying ' a squeaky hinge gets oiled' is never more true than when trying to budge the megalithic NHS into action.  I appreciate how much pain you are in but the amount of meds you are taking is very high and the benefits of some do wear off or become less effective as the body develops a form of immunity.  Please contact your original consultant again and insist that he investigates why you have not yet been seen when he classed your referral as urgent.  Contact PALS - patient advice and liaison service, they can guide you on how to get your delay looked into.

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    Some NHS Trusts use Acupuncture for pain relief. Could you enquire if this could be relevant to your situation? Private Acupuncture is not too expensive. The cost of private orthopaedic treatment for your condition is frightening; the Acupuncture could be worth it though as an interim?

    Also, could you look at 'choose and book' for an appointment elsewhere if you have the abilty to travel outside of your area. 

    I feel for your situation as it is an indication of the huge pressures in the NHSat present. I think your GP should be giving you more support here as you are having such pain. 

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    Please dont waste even more time complaining. The individual was offered a place on the list and declined it, now they wants to jump to the front of the queue. Sorry but it was their decision to not go on the list and wait. Therefore should have asked the question, what if the pain gets worse, I will be at the back of the Q.

    I have just had surgery exactly for those reasons that I didn't want to see how I would be  in 6 months time and then have to wait for surgery. 

    A UK employee has certain medical rights so is able to get time off,unless of course if they work for a well known sports firm, then it might be difficult 

    we should be grateful for the NHS not keep complaining about it. Live in the USA and no jpb, no healthcare, always been like that, even Obamacare costs A LOT OF MONEY, we get a great health service and many of us never even contribute, start saying how lucky we are, not filing a complaint 

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    I'm not worried about the operation I just want pain relief ideas. I also asked to hold off as after my last operation I had to have tests as I had a reaction and nearly died. And we still hav y found out what it was that caused the reaction

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