Knee pain getting worse

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I am usually an active person but 5 weeks ago I started with knee pain. I iced it and rested it but no improvement so after a week I saw a GP. She suggested physiotherapy. I've had 4 sessions. After each session of work on the muscles around the knee, I have felt better but then the knee pain then comes back with a vengeance. The first time it took a week, the last time just 2 hours. My GP has now prescribed anti-inflammatories which are doing nothing but the pain gets worse. I can now only walk a few yards because the pain is so bad. The pain is on the outside of my knee but spreads to the whole knee and around the knee when I move. I am 64, fit but overweight. Where do I go from here as I am now unable to do anything or go anywhere and this is now making me depressed.  

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    I think you should go to an Orthopedist who specializes in knee pain. He will probably X-ray it and go from there. Hope you feel better soon!
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    Ask your GP to ex ray the knee. Ask for different anti-inflammatories.  You may need stronger ones. An ex ray is the way to start, then mri and an ortho appointment.  Rest assured the pain will fluctuate.  The physio won't "cure" the problem immediately, you need to keep doing those exercises every day to strengthen the quads. Ask for a referral to a physiotherapist who does hydrotherapy.

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    You definitely need to go to an orthopedist, if possible one that specializes in knees. He/she will do the tests needed to determine just what your issue is and decide what needs to be done.
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    Many people with joint pain go to their GPs and get prescribed drugs when they should be seeing an orthopedic surgeon. ANYTHING having to do with any joint is the purview of the orthopods...GPs rarely have a clue and just pass out pills.

    Go see a good ortho.  X-ray/MRI and you'll find out what's wrong.

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    I too suggest seeing an ortho.   Seems as GP is trying, but you may need more specific care.   Knee issues are not to be ignored!   I know it takes time to get an appointment with specialists, so ask for a referral with a to be seen date, as soon as possible through your GP, it usually helps get one sooner!

     

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    Many thanks for all your replies. I have an appointment to see a GP on Wednesday. If he agrees to refer me to a specialist then I'm told there is a wait of 16-20 weeks on the NHS. I'm a pensioner and would find it difficult to pay for private treatment.

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