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Hi all

New post.

Long story , I will try to be as brief and concise as possible.

I sprained my ankle July 2006 (18 months ago) on holiday.

Ankle no better in Jan 2007 xrayed again in my hospital, diagnosed still a bad strain.

Affecting my hip and collar bone, and refererred to Podiatrist who explained as I was overcompensating weight onto other leg my balance was unaligned. Eventuall fitted with personal insoles.

Things went from bad to worse, and after numerous doctor appointments eventually reffered to Physio after only 3 sessions in December last year pain unbearable. After self diagnosing myself with Sciatica, which my own local GP agreed with and gave me pain killers.

In January after attending for routine check up at diabetic clinic, my Diabetic doctor advised me to keep my next appointment with Physio on to be asked to refer me to a Rheumatologist, as I was in pain 24/7 and symptoms continuing to worsen.

Physio couldn,t refer, bounced back to local GP, who has reffered my to a Rheumatologist but this could may take 10 weeks before I get an appointment.

I am not exagerating when I say I am in pain 24/7 but when it is at its worse it is utterly unbearable. From a sprained ankle, I now have severe pain in neck, shoulder,back, collar bone, hip, leg, calf all down one side, I also have a sensation that something has dropped in my stomach.

I have been in agony for days now. I really can,t afford it, but I can,t wait 8 weeks to be referred and will have to go private.

Do I need to see a Rheumatologist or do I need a body scan? I dont want to book to see rheumatologist if it is not the correct specialist as I cannot afford to waste the money. Feel as if I have been passed from pillar to post for 18 months and am progressively worse.

Sorry for long post.

PLease help if you can Crying or Very sad

Kindest regards

Dee
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replied February 14th, 2008
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What the Podiatrist mentioned seems to be the base of all your "further" problems. "Referred pain" pain (A spasmism in your neck could for instance eventually cause pain in your wrist) is quite nasty as it's not easy to find the origin. The fact that you have been walking/moving "wrong" can have a lot to do with it. I have several problems with this, due to the medical history with my knees as well as whiplash from a speeding motor-bike cop.

It's odd that the physio did not pick up anything in terms of your posture/balance. Did you tell the physio about your inserts?

Hope you find relief soon.

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replied February 14th, 2008
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I'd think that an MRI can help you diagnose your original sprained ankle. Perhaps there's something else going on there.
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replied February 14th, 2008
Thanks for reply

Physio was away of inserts.

Where do I get MRI from, or should I see a Rheumatologist privately.?

I really cant bear for this to go on any longer.

Any advice guys an gals

Kindest regards

Dee
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replied February 15th, 2008
Should I see Rheumatologist first
Should I see Rheumatologist first as it is cheaper than MRI and if so if i ask my GP to go private will I be taken off NHS refferal?

Any advice guys and gals

KIndest regards

Dee
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