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My nan injured herself on the stairs a year ago and GPs are useless.
She was trying to get away from my grandfather, who was chasing her in his dementia, and slipped. Her left foot folded, or curled, and she put the full weight of her body onto that part of the front of the foot that was in contact with the ground, crushing it.
She says it turned "black", and now she has pain whenever she walks. She says the pain only occurs when she puts weight on her left foot; it doesn't matter where she puts the weight on her foot relative to the site of the damage. The pain now is the same as it was a year ago; it hasn't spread or got worse, but it can change in intensity throughout the day. The pain occurs in the part of the foot that was folded, and the back and side of her leg up to the back of her knee, and when particularly bad the front or shin. Nowhere else such as the rest of the foot or the kneecap.
She hasn't had, or been offered, any tests such as an x-ray. She went to a doctor three weeks after the incident and was apparently not given a diagnosis, just advised to take paracetamol. I went with her to a second appointment last week and the doctor diagnosed permanent nerve damage, again advising merely to take paracetamol or other prescription painkillers. I hadn't been fully informed of her symptoms and examination history otherwise I would have questioned it more, and my nan can be a bit doddery in both explaining and understanding everything in the surgery. Either way, her children are suspicious of the NHS doctors and think they are deliberately doing the bare minimum of work and expense necessary to make her well. I'm inclined to agree; it's amazing that they think they can make a proper diagnosis without getting at least an x-ray.
What do you lads think?