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first a bit of history about me, I am male 54 yrs old worked as a Signalman until last year when I was medically retired due to Osteoarthritis of the left knee, left hip and Lumber spine.
I previously had a serious RTA in 1986 on a motorbike, causing compound fractures of the Femur ( ended up underneath me) Tibia and Fibia.
Tibia fixed by plate, Femur was set in traction for some 7 wks in hospital , discharged only to find the Tibia was a non Union , and returned to hospital shortly after for a bone graft and external fixation.it was 9 months later before I was able to walk again in aided and return to work.( left leg approx17mm shorter than right)
Fast forward to two years ago, I noticed I was having difficulty getting up from the floor, and lumber region was painful after walking/ Standing 5-10 mins . I also noticed my left leg becoming weaker.
August 2013 my knew gives way climbing stairs, unable to weight bare for about 5 mins, but the. Recovered so I finished shift.
Knee was painful getting in and out of car and operating clutch, A few days later left knee gave way again, this time descending stairs ( felt like the bones hit each other) I couldn't bare weight at all after this event.
I was taken to the local A&E where a possible Meniscus tear was diagnosed, sent home to see GP, this was just the start, I was put on crutches, had an X-ray at health centre on GP's request , but nothing really showed up.
GP requested an appointment at local hospital with Orthopaedic dept, and some 6 wks later I went for the appointment, had a X-ray of left leg and lumber spine . The Consultant informed me I had slight to moderate Osteoarthritis of the left knee, left hip and Lumber spine, and gave me a cortisone shot in the knee, and made arrangements for the same for the left hip in theatre.
The period between the first visit and going for the cortisone shot in my hip I had noticed my left foot getting this strange numb, warm water sort of feeling , and more serious imo was my right thigh also going completely numb, I was also finding I would have to lean on shopping trollers etc in supermarkets.
A few weeks later I had a step inserted in my shoe sole which was 17mm , made no difference , and Ibadan the hip injection Nov 2013 ( still off work)
Consultant sent me for full left leg XRay to check alignment which turned out to be very good. I was then sent for MRI scans of the Lumber spine and left knee in Feb 2014 , it took 6 wks to get any form of result which basically came back with " wear and Tear" of the joints mentioned, I explained my concern of now nearly a year later I was unable to stand or walk for more than around 10 mins due to the pain and numbness , Consultant had the MRI's reviewed , and I was then informed I was to get facet joint injections for diagnostic purposes.
I had the injections (4 in total) in the middle of June2014, and noticed an immediate improvement, crikey I could walk normally what a difference, only for all my hope to be diminished some 5 hrs later, with the weakness reappearing and all the symptoms returning within a month!
I was then referred to Neruology and the Pain clinic, started receiving Amiytriplynr (75mg) at night, and Gabapentin building up to 2700mg daily( which did nothing but give me serious memory issues, and absolutely zilch for my pain etc, )
Further appointment with Consultant who offered a left Arthoscopy which I had done in March of this year, ( Forgot to mention I was ruled medically unfit by BUPA for my employer, so lost the job I loved doing, and had the joy of our lovely Gov's support, ie ESA and PIP assessment. )
Now May 2015 I still cannot walk or stand for more than 10mins, numbness still persists , the left knee does seem stronger since the Arthoscopy ( which by the way was she filed for 45-60 mins , but took 2 hrs 10 mins , when I woke in recovery , I don't know how long it takes to come round after an Op, but would not think its that long.
The strange thing the only person that connects the accident to my issues now is me and my GP , despite my surgeon back in the eighties saying I would have real issues with Arthritis and spinal problems .
Certainly, I don't think the left being shorter would have helped for some 27 yrs, when I was carrying out heavy engineering work .
Sorry for the length of this thread, just wondered what others thoughts are on this.
Still taking Naproxen 500 mg Solpadol 30/500 Amiytripalyne 75 mg nightly.
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