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Ankle sprain, swelling and injury treatment - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i hurt my back recently as was prescribed difene 75mg. I sprained my ankle last week and a week later I have a sore pain inside my knee. Could this be linked to the sprain and is it ok to use the difene for the pain. I cannot not afford to go back to the go this week
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr AAAAAAA
Doctor :   How can I help you ?
User :   please read above questions
Doctor :   Please give me a few moments to see your query.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I have seen your query.
Doctor :   May I Ask you a few questions pertaining to your problem ?
User :   yes of course
Doctor :   How do you grade your pain i the knee on a scale of 1 to 10 ?
User :   its fine when i sit down but when I walk it is about 7
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is the sprain in your ankle in the right or left leg ?
User :   the left leg, the same as the knee pain
Doctor :   And how about your knee pain, which leg is it in ?
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   How bad is the ankle sparain now ?
User :   its ok now, no pain just some bruising
Doctor :   Sorry it is 'Sprain'
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Did you see an Orthopedician for your ankle or hip pain ?
User :   I dont have hip pain and I didn't see anyone regarding the ankle, I rested it for 48 hours
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you have any external injury on your knee or ankle ?
User :   not on my knee, just bruising and a little swolleness on my ankle, but the sprain happened about 10 days ago
Doctor :   Any other signs of inflammation like fever , swelling , tenderness - pain on touch , deep pain , warmth in the sorrounding area which may be signs of a 1. fracture or 2. tendon 3. Ligament tear.
User :   Do you mean on the ankle?
Doctor :   Could you elaborate first on Ankle and then on Knee ?
User :   the ankle - just a bit of swelling and a little tend on the touch but not painful
User :   the knee - no signs that you mentioned
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   I would suggest the folllowing steps for better prognosis : Doctor :   1. Tab. Advil 400mg. thrice daily or Generically Brufen.
Doctor :   2. Hot water fomentation on knee and ankle.
Doctor :   Hope you are following ?
User :   ok, but do you think the pain in the knee is linked?
Doctor :   3. Powergesic gel or Diclofenac gel .
User :   I have some gel called traxam, is that suitable
Doctor :   Yes I feel the ankle injury is a deeper one and needs to be taken care of immediately as it has a swelling even after 10 days as you mentioned.
User :   so are the difene tablets suitable for the injury?
Doctor :   Ok, That would be fine, but please do not massage it hard
Doctor :   Would be fine , not a problem. But please follow some more points that advise.
User :   Ok, thanks for your help. I will try to see a GP soon
Doctor :   4. Use a crepe bandage to stabilize the ankle
Doctor :   5. And get an x-ray done immediately
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me.
Doctor :   Take acre, bye for now.
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