What are the best questions to ask my GP?
I have an appointment on Thursday to discuss the results of my XRays and MRI scans.
I have pain in my right hip that also causes pain in my knee, calf, shin and arch of my foot. I now need a stick to help me walk and stand over any distance above around ten yards.
This all started last summer with a bad attack of sciatica and bowel issues (the latter resolved in about six weeks). The sciatica subsided in January. By September the hip pain was dreadful on top of the sciatica so I was referred for MRI scans, one threw up a hemangioma but the spine consultant was not concerned and suggested the MRI showed my hip was bone on bone but did not put this in his letter to the GP. Physio started trying to tackle my core strength but she felt until my hip was sorted there was no more she could do. I have kept up the exercises and do some others from the VA YouTube shorts.
I was convinced a hip replacement was the direction - my Mother and Grandmother were similarly affected albeit I am around ten years younger than they were when they needed the extra help.
MRI has thrown also up issues in my lumbar spine which ‘perhaps patient presentation/symptom’ account for. The XRay (last week) suggests mild arthritic changes (I was first XRayed in 2019) in my hips and ‘the overall joint height is maintained’. Knee is fine although in 2019 is wasn’t.
My quality of life has deteriorated as driving is now painful if I try to travel for more than around 15mins. I can no longer walk my dog (fortunately we have a big garden and as he is 15 with arthritis at each corner so he isn’t too bothered) we only did a daily stagger of half a mile - only five years ago we did a 1,000 mile challenge! I cannot walk round a supermarket and particularly cannot stand in a queue. Cooking a meal is excruciating- I think it is all the little moves.
So, how do I get the best out of the appointment. The Gabapentin and Zapain don’t feel like they make much difference, but I haven’t tried going without. I use Voltarol gel and a tens machine as well as hot baths. I avoid staying in the same position too long. The only thing that really seems to help is sleep.
Is there an appropriate referral I could request?
All advice on the conversation gratefully received ….
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