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ELHS220

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés - 2015, 2017
Norte (Oviedo Costa) - 2018
Finisterre/Muxía - 2018
Norte - (2019)
I arrived in Spain on Tuesday (5/7) expecting to start the Norte today. But yesterday, while having a look around Irún, I sat down on a bench. As soon as I sat down, I got this sharp searing pain in my knee. I do have arthritis and have had similar episodes periodically, but they’ve always self resolved within a few minutes. This did not resolve! I remained on my bed all day, trained it to San Sebastián this AM and taxied to Urgencias at University Hospital. As it was very early (8:15), there was no wait. They immediately diagnosed fluid, which I had suspected, and aspirated 30ml of the yellowish liquid, bandaged me up, and told me to use a cold pack several times a day, and keep it as elevated as possible for at least 48 hours. It still hurts today, especially if I try to bend and unbend it. Anyone know if I should even TRY to flex. I didn’t think to ask. They seemed to think I could start my Camino as soon after that as I wanted as long as I felt comfortable and had no increase in swelling. Anyone with any experience as to how long the pain continues after this aspiration procedure?

On a final note, there was NO CHARGE, as they told me the hospital is part of the National Health System. I was floored because I had paid €75 each to two clinics in La Rioja a few years back.
 
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I arrived in Spain on Tuesday (5/7) expecting to start the Norte today. But yesterday, while having a look around Irún, I sat down on a bench. As soon as I sat down, I got this sharp searing pain in my knee. I do have arthritis and have had similar episodes periodically, but they’ve always self resolved within a few minutes. This did not resolve! I remained on my bed all day, trained it to San Sebastián this AM and taxied to Urgencias at University Hospital. As it was very early (8:15), there was no wait. They immediately diagnosed fluid, which I had suspected, and aspirated 30ml of the yellowish liquid, bandaged me up, and told me to use a cold pack several times a day, and keep it as elevated as possible for at least 48 hours. It still hurts today, especially if I try to bend and unbend it. Anyone know if I should even TRY to flex. I didn’t think to ask. They seemed to think I could start my Camino as soon after that as I wanted as long as I felt comfortable and had no increase in swelling. Anyone with any experience as to how long the pain continues after this aspiration procedure?

On a final note, there was NO CHARGE, as they told me the hospital is part of the National Health System. I was floored because I had paid €75 each to two clinics in La Rioja a few years back.
so sorry for your trouble. I hope it will turn out that you can indeed walk. I have no informed opinion on what you should do, just sending sympathy and good wishes.
 

ELHS220

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés - 2015, 2017
Norte (Oviedo Costa) - 2018
Finisterre/Muxía - 2018
Norte - (2019)
so sorry for your trouble. I hope it will turn out that you can indeed walk. I have no informed opinion on what you should do, just sending sympathy and good wishes.
Thanks. I am going to be a volunteer at the Pilgrim Office from July 1 to 15. So I have sufficient time. I really want to do the whole route, but if I have to skip parts I will.
 

Viggen

Vigo
Year of past OR future Camino
CF June 2015
CP June 2017
Del Norte, Finisterre / Muxia Oct 2017
VDLP 2018
VF, SBP to Rome 2019
I arrived in Spain on Tuesday (5/7) expecting to start the Norte today. But yesterday, while having a look around Irún, I sat down on a bench. As soon as I sat down, I got this sharp searing pain in my knee. I do have arthritis and have had similar episodes periodically, but they’ve always self resolved within a few minutes. This did not resolve! I remained on my bed all day, trained it to San Sebastián this AM and taxied to Urgencias at University Hospital. As it was very early (8:15), there was no wait. They immediately diagnosed fluid, which I had suspected, and aspirated 30ml of the yellowish liquid, bandaged me up, and told me to use a cold pack several times a day, and keep it as elevated as possible for at least 48 hours. It still hurts today, especially if I try to bend and unbend it. Anyone know if I should even TRY to flex. I didn’t think to ask. They seemed to think I could start my Camino as soon after that as I wanted as long as I felt comfortable and had no increase in swelling. Anyone with any experience as to how long the pain continues after this aspiration procedure?

On a final note, there was NO CHARGE, as they told me the hospital is part of the National Health System. I was floored because I had paid €75 each to two clinics in La Rioja a few years back.
Are you an EU citizen, is that why there were no charges? A week or so ago I had to take a friend (US Citizen) to Centro de Salud in Navarret, he had to pay €101 for doctors visit.
 
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ELHS220

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés - 2015, 2017
Norte (Oviedo Costa) - 2018
Finisterre/Muxía - 2018
Norte - (2019)
I have to update my above commentary. I just received a bill by e-mail for yesterday’s emergency room visit. It is for €171. I have travel insurance, so I will be reimbursed minus a $50 deductible. Very sorry for the misinformation.
 

Viggen

Vigo
Year of past OR future Camino
CF June 2015
CP June 2017
Del Norte, Finisterre / Muxia Oct 2017
VDLP 2018
VF, SBP to Rome 2019
I have to update my above commentary. I just received a bill by e-mail for yesterday’s emergency room visit. It is for €171. I have travel insurance, so I will be reimbursed minus a $50 deductible. Very sorry for the misinformation.
Buen Camino
 

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