Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Yesterday, I returned to my hip and knee orthopedist. I have been seeing him frequently this past year. Xrays, MRI taken and the DX of bilateral tendonitis in both hips and both knees, receiving (over time) multiple cortizone injections in the left hip (the worst one-a chronic problem since I had DS # 1), used a cane for a few months. Pain is back in spades: sitting, laying down all causes pain, and I have a high level of tolerance. Once I get up from a chair, bed/couch, I hobble. It gets better after a while. Getting into and out of a car requires using my hand to lift the left leg both in as well as out of the car. This is a problem. My left leg hip joint/tendon (s) feels really tight. Adding to the issue is that I can no longer take Advil, due to interference with a RX I take.
The fronts of both knees continue to bother me. Worse in the morning and now both going down (new) as well as up stairs are concerns.
New symptom: bilateral, ankle pain in the front and sides. I feel unstable. I hobble-especially in the morning. After breaking my arm last year, I am concerned about another possible fall. : (
MD is sending me to a Rhumatologist. No PT, no shots. With my recently DX Psoriasis, he is concerned that this is something more than what he has been treating.
Call in to Rhumatologist (mine only works close by on Mondays, a reason I wanted to move to one of his partners anyway), but his secretary didn't return my call yesterday. One other MD is on vacation, one left the practice (moved), so they are swamped. Initial receptionist told me that IF the MD I want to switch to looks at my records and agrees that she can help me, I won't be able to get in until Nov. Doc on vacation? that looks like Oct. My current MD: end September. Sigh. I was hoping to be seen now, while all costs are at no cost to me, and to hopefully address what is going on. I will hopefully soon have employment, and don't wish to start a new job, cautioning HR that I need to be late/leave early a lot. As it is, I will have to work around allergy shots for 6 months.