Help getting diagnosis

LilAl Member Posts: 2
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:08 in Living with arthritis

Hi everyone

I have been suffering with increasing pain in joints that started with heel pain for several years that was always put down to Planter Facilitis. I also often had other pains in knees and feet and ankles but have had several years of being told that this was due to walking awkwardly due to the heel pains. I have now retired from work and the pains that I was always told were work related have got steadily worse. I had 9-10 days of swollen knee about two weeks ago that completely ruined my holiday and since returning I have pain in my entire foot ( both feet) and my ankle that keeps giving way. My question is how did people go about getting a diagnosis as my doctor just keeps giving me exercise print outs and says rest and Ice and will get better. I went a few weeks ago and demanded some help and they arranged for me to see someone but then the next day phoned to say we have changed it you only need physio. Any advice would be useful as I’m not sure I can go on much longer.


  • PeterJ
    PeterJ Administrator Posts: 906

    Hello @LilAl and welcome to the community. We are a friendly and supportive group and I hope that you will find that as well.

    I understand that you are having problems getting a diagnosis. It is difficult these days getting a GP appointment and referral, I can only suggest keeping at it and hopefully you will eventually get an appointment. In the meantime please have a look at our website as it contains a lot of useful information which may be of help. I've put a couple of links in below which may be of use.

    Please do keep posting and let us know how you are getting on and I am sure others will connect with you to share their thoughts and experiences as well.

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  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,577

    This isn't right I feel so cross for you @LilAl but I still advise you go to the physio and see if they can help maybe they can refer you for an x-ray or something to get things moving towards a diagnosis.

    The other thing we always advise each other on here is to write a list of what is happening and what you've tried when you do see the Dr if you are allowed take someone with you for support too.

    Makes you wonder whether they have to pay out of their budget for you to see 'someone' doesn't it?

    Best of luck and keep posting

    Toni x