Had knee pain 3 weeks. Seen GP twice, physio once. Took a week off, went back to work last Tuesday. GP said ligament damage, I wasn't convinced. Physio did thorough knee assessment and said arthritis. Knee stiff all the time, swells if I walk on it & hurts. Fingers hurt when I type, got big lump on one finger. Work got progressively harder until Friday (I work ironically in rheumatology & gastro day unit for biologic infusions) I staggered to physio to beg for some crutches and was sent to A&E. Doc did knee xrays which showed, thankfully, no cartilage or bone damage, just a slight narrowing consistent with my age (errr thanks!) She said there was a lot of soft tissue inflammation & swelling, probably RA or PA (had mild psoriasis for 20 years) and to get blood test done by GP as they're going to follow up. 3 days bed rest, which I've followed, getting up for 5 minutes once an hour or so to mobilise.
GP phoned back today (no appointments of course) and left message whilst I was in loo. She refused to issue blood form as said I needed to go back to original GP. No appts with him, so reluctantly accepted a phone call to discuss on weds, can't get an appointment with Occy health until 20th Feb.
Worried I may lose job as only been there 2 months and on 6 months probation with a weeks notice. Spoke to matron today and agreed I could try working a few hours each day & they'll give me a car park pass as I can't walk from the bus stop 300 yards too far.
Needed to rant, any comments/suggestions? Going back to see physio in 2 days, she advised rest as well and no knee support (sob). Not sure if it is RA, had a couple of night sweats too.