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Date: 21.10.2012
From: Emm

Subject: Still got the Big Knee

Hello all, Just updating my former post from last Monday about my knee.

I went to 2 GP's in my surgery only to be told they would not inject it for me!

I have had to chase an appointment with the rheumatologist myself, and that was not easy.
The specialist nurse from hospital is on 10 days holiday, in the past I have found she can arrange to push you in to see the doctor. But why are there no other cover nurses?

His secretary finally agreed to let me go to a clinic Tuesday 30th. Still 8 days away now.

My knee is huge and I have aweful pains in my shin bones. I get quite scared at times.

Does anyone else feel they are a nuisance when you need extra attention?

I only hope I get help next Tuesday.

Regards to all. x
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Date: 21.10.2012
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

hi Emm

imagine you will need it drained first then injected & would not trust a GP myself to do it

you could asked your GP for some gel like ketoprofen

hope they sort it soon for you
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Date: 21.10.2012
From: rhona

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

Hi Emm,

Sorry to hear that you are still suffering with your knee. I have had the same problem in the past, having to wait weeks to get to the clinic, and by the time i get there my knee is like a balloon and hardly able to walk. Sometimes if i phone the physio or a nurse will do it but i prefer going to the tuesday clinic as it is a doctor that does it and he is very good.

It sounds like you have fluid in your knee, i sometimes get pains in my shins too, i don't know if it's because i'm not walking right that causes it.

I know what you mean about feeling a nuisance but we really shouldn't, after all we are not phoning them for the fun of it.

Hope you get sorted out soon.

Take care x
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Date: 22.10.2012
From: Emm

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee...Thanks for replies!

Thanks both, I am sitting with a heat pad on at the moment as I have tried ice and various gels and had no improvement.
You never know!!!
A week tomorrow and I should get a jab, I hope.Yippee. Can't wait.

Had flu jab today. Never away from doctors, are we?

I hope you are doing ok at the moment. Speak soon. X
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Date: 22.10.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

Is mine the only hospital where I can get the switchboard to bleep the on-call rheumatologist? They phone you back and arrange for you to come in straight away, either to a clinic or A&E. I never have to wait more than a day or two for treatment if I am really bad. Sometimes the consultant calls me himself. I'm shocked this doesn't happen in other places.
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Date: 22.10.2012
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

I would take myself to A&E, like you bsk I have never been treated so badly.I am also shocked at some of the posts on here.
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Date: 26.10.2012
From: Emm

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee...bsk that sounds a good service you get at your hospital

Hello girls, I was really impressed with bsk's treatment from her hospital. That should be countrywide!!!
I am still out of action and willing it to be Tuesday. I have no improvement at all.
Had a day in bed on Wednesday,very unusual for me, but I am so drained with pain.
I decided to just wait till Tuesday because our local hospital is small and specialists only visit from another hospital 1 day a week.
I don't feel my medication is working for me. I have had cerebrex about 3 months now, but have no improvement from them.
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Date: 26.10.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

Hi Emm, well it does help that I'm at a London teaching hospital.
Good luck on Tuesday.
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Date: 26.10.2012
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

Hi Emm, oh dear poor you hope you get help on Tuesday.
Bsk I am also under a london teaching hospital maybe thats why we get first class treatment?
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Date: 26.10.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

Can I ask which one? I go to UCLH.

It shouldn't be a post code lottery.
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Date: 26.10.2012
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

I go to the Royal Free Hampstead. I have been under them since I was 14yrs old they where in the centre of London then a new hospital was built in Hampstead when I was in my early 20s.
I won't go anywhere else.
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Date: 26.10.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

That's my neck of the woods. Years ago I used to see one of their rheumatologists, can't remember his name. I'm with UCH now and very happy with them.
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Date: 27.10.2012
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

Oh good its so nice to have consultants you have faith in. I go to Royal Free for OA and Pacemaker oh yes and my thyroid.
We must live pretty close my Dad came from Hampstead.
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Date: 27.10.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

I know Hampstead well, I am just east of it. I used to walk on the Heath a lot and over to Hampstead - not any longer lol! Must be lovely at the moment.
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Date: 27.10.2012
From: rhona

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

Not long now til Tuesday Emm, hope you will find a huge difference after the jab.

Isn't it a small world bsk and Marlene, you two might be passing each other in the street lol.
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Date: 27.10.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

We might even know each other lol!
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Date: 27.10.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

by the way, apologies Emm for hijacking your thread. Roll on Tuesday and hope you get the treatment you need. xx
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Date: 27.10.2012
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

Yes sorry Emm. Tuesday will be here before you know it take care!!!!
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Date: 27.10.2012
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

bsk You never know one day our paths may cross.LOL
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Date: 28.10.2012
From: Emm

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

Girls, it's ok that you are talking about your hospitals, it's interesting.
It lets us all know about the differences in care we get.
Yes it will soon be Tuesday, I will let you know how I get on.
I am thinking if he mentions surgery and a new knee, that I may have it done next year. I have a trip to Edinburgh early december and then my family are coming from abroad for christmas. So I want to be fitter for December.
Thanks for all the support. X
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Date: 28.10.2012
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Still got the Big Knee

I have a neighbour that had both knees done.She said it was the best thing. She is doing great.
I would say go for it. Take care x
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