My first hospital visit

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Can anyone help me please I have an appointment to see a specialist at my local hospital on the 3rd of August about my left knee and hip and lower back pain. This will be my first visit could any one tell me what sort of questions will I be asked. I very rarely visit my GP or go to hospital. But would like to be a little bit prepared with some answers if possible. Many thanks.

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    Hello Pam,  you will be asked about your medical history and any medications you are currently taking, take any medications you are on with you. You will be asked about your pain and mobility. You will have any X-rays or scans. You will have an examination, so wear easy to remove clothing. A nurse will be with you during the examination if not you can ask for one to be there. Hope this helps.

    Best wishes.


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    Hi Pam

     I think the best thing to do is to write a list of questions before going in. Dont just try to remember them.

    Elizabeth has told you more or less what will happen. You write down how bad the pain is, is it worse any particular time, after doing anything? You have time to think about things {how you feel } before the 3rd Scribble them down as you think.  Then before the appt just write some bullet points out to remind you.

    Its surprising the amount of people {inc me} that come out and then sayOH I meant to ask that......too late then  LOL

    Good Luck

    Let us know how it goes


    Eileen  UK

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    Hello Pam 

    Sounds like we have the same problems. If you have had any recent x-rays take them with you on a disc. Yesterday I saw a specialist and he has arranged for an MRI of my lower spine. He also says a new knee is in order. Rate your pain on a scale of one to ten, mine is an eight, can't walk far without resting but I do a lot of aquafit, classes are available Mon to Sat. Stay active as much as possible. Do you do yoga or simple stretching exercise. 

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      To have new knee does the knee have to dislocated? I have to climb up and downstairs a lot a work so I get good exercise there I also had to climb up a small step ladder to reach files but I have had to speak to my manager about this because it did causing me pain in my knee and hip so I no longer have to climb the step ladder. I had not noticed but my husband said that when we go for walks I have got slower over time. I am only 51Sorry to rattle on but I sometimes think is this really happening or am I a fraud. I am very lucky I have never had any kind of illness. But surely I would have been referred or given medication for no reason. One thing I do know the pain is very real. Sorry alpine you will not want to reply to me again.
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