unknown knee injury

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i have some sort of injury to my ligaments at first thought it could be a bit of osti xray showed a bit of osti bt now after bieng so energetic i somehow have injury to knee large swelling severe pain off work for 3weeks as now cant walk or put pressure on leg pain is worse at night  refered by gp for mri scan 3weeks ago now im told have to wait 20 weeks for mri scan ..apart from going private what am i suposed to do in meantime ,no painkiller or creams touch the pain and think id rather give birth each night than have this pain frustrated and depressed through restrictions please some one have any advise on what way i should deal with this i suffer with high blood pressure and im on ramipril to keep it down but latley my pain tollarance have sent my bp high again.


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    Hi Marie, I think the only other way to speed it up is to maybe go privately for just a consultation, and tell them you have no medical insurance.

    Once the consultant has seen your knee, he may decide to push you up the nhs ladder a bit faster.

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    Voltaren Gel (RX in the US) is the best topical anti-inflammatory on the planet.
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    Hi Marie, sorry to hear you're in such pain. Same thing happened to my right knee last year, i couldn't straighten it & too painful to walk. I went to my GP who referred me to see a specialist & also (with excellent forethought) sent me to have an X-ray which I had the same day.

    Using the Choose & Book system I found the soonest appt was 13 days away. At the nearest hospital. Wonderful! As I had had the X-ray the surgeon did a quick exam & put me on the list for TKR, I just had to decide which knee to have done! It was easy the left was agony, the right slightly less so.

    Now the moral of my story is, go back to your GP & ask to be referred, urgently, to Orthopaedics & Trauma,the reasons being 1. Constant agony

    2. Not able to walk

    3. Not adequate pain relief

    4. No quality of life in constant pain!

    If all else fails & you find you cannot bend or straighten your leg, go to A&E. At the very least you will get an X-ray. Then go back to GP. Or you could do the other way round. Depends if you have 10 hours to wait in A& E!!

    Where are you in the U.K.?

    I hope you get something going soon.



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      hi and thanks for info so sorry for your issues with knee to... i have had the xray and xrays cant see ligament or cartledge damage saw gp again he has said its ligaments etc so he refered me end of jan urgent to orthapedic and trauma for a MrI Scan in Bangor hospital in North Wales, ive phoned to see were i am onthe list and they told me i have to wait 20 weeks for scan i was shocked to say the least i have been back and fourth Gp to say how painful  and im getting stressed cos i realise now i cant keep my blood pressure down cos im tollarating the pain i have had high bp just on a year and with medication it was stable bt not any more im due to go back to work thursday and gp refuses to give me a back to work note because my knee is causing high bp. no win situation im afraid tomor i go back to gp to check bp and i have been taking high dose of antiinflatorys hoping my bp is a little lower, im trying my best to walk a little which i can do if i dont rush or pivot im hoping ligament has started to heal a little by all the rest iv had but i cant help but feel that i could be making it worse, it doesent help my situation having to stay at home after working 50 hours a week for the last 3 years{my choice} and im getting a bit down.i thought of going to A E but my hospital is not far its in Llandudno but i know they would send me to Bangor for assesment n mayme MrI, which is some distance away and i dont drive,..    il see what tomorows outcome is thank you



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      Oh wow Marie, you really are doing it tough!

      The trouble is even MRI won't necessarily show meniscus damage, I had one in 2007 it was inconclusive. I had to have arthroscopy which showed 2 years in the meniscus & arthritis! That was on the right knee. I had TKR on the left in October last year. Still waiting for the right to be done.

      Ligament damage is on a different level! Very painful & can take as long to recover from!

      You are between the devil & the deep blue sea!

      I'm sorry you have all this trouble & pain.

      Can't help you much, but I am thinking of you & hope something to help you gets done soon.

      All the best 🤗 🤗



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