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Should I seek immediate medical care or manage with Percocet when diagnosed with bursitis?

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Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019
Question: pain medial side r knee is a 10 I have taken two 5/325mg Percocet last 4 hours 2 hours apart! I have ortho appt on Monday am and have been treated x2 in last 7 months with cortlsone injection and aching is terrible for me tonight. dr X-ray all ok and diagnose it bursitis? I am a 76 year old man and retired army officer. should I go to my local er for pain or wait til Monday to see specialist. I really like to medicate myself again with the Percocet? thanks major.
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Answered by Dr. Gopal Goel (19 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Use knee support and ice packs along with analgesics.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

As you have described the diagnosis as bursitis- then one has to be certain if it is infective or degenerative bursitis. You are consulting ortho surgeon tomorrow, and that will sort it out.

Medial side knee pain is generally due to osteoarthritis/medial collateral ligament sprain or injury.

At present, I would suggest Local Ice packs and elastic knee support along with Percocet. You can use any locally available analgesic cream also.

If the x-rays are normal then probably you may need MRI of the knee to arrive it at a diagnosis.

Hope I have answered your query.

Regards,
Dr. Gopal Goel, Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Should I seek immediate medical care or manage with Percocet when diagnosed with bursitis?

Brief Answer: Use knee support and ice packs along with analgesics. Detailed Answer: Hi, As you have described the diagnosis as bursitis- then one has to be certain if it is infective or degenerative bursitis. You are consulting ortho surgeon tomorrow, and that will sort it out. Medial side knee pain is generally due to osteoarthritis/medial collateral ligament sprain or injury. At present, I would suggest Local Ice packs and elastic knee support along with Percocet. You can use any locally available analgesic cream also. If the x-rays are normal then probably you may need MRI of the knee to arrive it at a diagnosis. Hope I have answered your query. Regards, Dr. Gopal Goel, Orthopaedic Surgeon