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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello, Doctor
User :   Hello
User :   I got hit by a car Tuesday last week
User :   It wasnt a hard hit since it just happened in a parking lot
User :   but i fell down on my knees and hurt my right knee
User :   i got bruises the next day
Doctor :   Ok
User :   it hurts when i bend down and when i walk
User :   i thought it would go away, but last sunday, my entire leg (not only my right knee) started to hurt
User :   it's like the pain isnt anymore coming from the bruises. its like coming from deep beneath the surface
User :   the pain radiates down to my right calf and ankle
User :   do you think theres something wrong with my right leg?
User :   it hurts also when i stand for long periods
Doctor :   Ok, when you actually fall, the neighbouring muscles of the area go into spasm and start hurting after one day of accident
Doctor :   This is the protective mechanism taken by the muscles
User :   but its been a week now
User :   is it still normal?
Doctor :   Yes, it usually should go off in a week
Doctor :   by taking good care of the injury and hot fomentation of these hurting muscles
User :   i was thinking of going to a doctor and have an x-ray done. do you think there is still a need for that?
Doctor :   If the injury is deeper and if you fall on a surface which is potentially carries dust
Doctor :   then the chances of infection increase
Doctor :   Then you need an Xray and a course of antibiotic to clear off
User :   no there was no open wound
Doctor :   Ok then there is no scope of infection here
Doctor :   Let me ask you if the soreness is reduced since then?
User :   sometimes i get awake at night and feel my leg hurt
Doctor :   Did you apply ice packs when you were hurt
User :   no i did not
User :   i think it's getting worse
Doctor :   The healing is delayed
User :   it's much painful today than it was last week when i got hit
Doctor :   If it is getting worse, then it is good to get a check up by doctor
User :   and the pain is throbbing, it is pulsating, if you know what i mean
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   It is not worrisome condition
Doctor :   You need a prescription drugs called Muscle relaxants
Doctor :   to ease the pain
Doctor :   By taking these medicines for two days, you should get well
User :   and when i walk, i feel like my knee joints have lost this lubricant thing between them, like their crushing against each other
User :   okay
Doctor :   But do you think there is pain at the joint when you flex or extend the knee
User :   do you know why the pain radiates down to my ankle when it was only the knee that got hurt?
User :   no pain when i extend it. only when i bend
User :   and when i stand up from bending, it hurts too
Doctor :   Where does it pain when you do these movements above the knee or below the knee, front or backside of the leg
Doctor :   Is the area swollen, red ?
User :   im not really sure since i feel it in the entire knee area, but i think the pain comes from the backside and the right side (since i got hit on the right side of my leg)
User :   it is not swollen, just bruised
Doctor :   Ok, you just need muscle relaxants
Doctor :   for a couple of days
User :   are those over the counter?
Doctor :   Does hot showers help for some time?
Doctor :   There are not over the counter
User :   im not sure if hot showers help but i think so
User :   so i really need to see a doctor then?
User :   to get a prescription
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   For tonight try out with hot shower and apply ice packs and take ADVIL 400mg
User :   but will i be okay even if i dont do these things?
Doctor :   Do you mean muscle relaxants
User :   yup
User :   and the ice packs and advil too
Doctor :   Try out the above and it does not then you need muscle relaxants definitely
User :   if i see a doctor, do you think he/she is gonna do me some tests? like xray or something?
User :   hello
Doctor :   You do not need an Xray as I feel
Doctor :   But if he examines and finds something wrong
Doctor :   then you will refer for them too
User :   okay
User :   one last question
Doctor :   yes
User :   do you think i should inform the driver about this?
User :   the driver of the car
Doctor :   The care drive who drove you
User :   yes
Doctor :   If there is something wrong on doctor exam then yes
Doctor :   you shoudl inform
User :   okay.
User :   thanks so much dr mazumdar!
Doctor :   Thank you
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   i thought i hd a fracture or something
Doctor :   Get a speedy recovery
User :   thank you!
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