After experiencing chronic pain for years, Sayeeda Kabirul, 60, from Bangladesh, went through a gamut of pain medications to relief her from the pain. While the medication may have stopped the pain temporarily it also greatly affected her mobility, impacting her quality of life. “I was in extreme pain and my knee began swelling,” says Sayeeda.
An x-ray revealed that Sayeeda's knee joint had deteriorated, while her pain progressed to a point where it was unbearable. “I visited a doctor who did some tests. After looking at the results, he suggested I see an Orthopaedic specialist.” Not sure about her next course of action, Sayeeda’s family began looking for an alternative treatment option. “India was always our first option as it was close to home and we didn’t want to compromise on the quality of healthcare.” After looking for the cost of knee treatment in India, the family stumbled upon Vaidam.com.
“We came to know that Vaidam could help us find a good doctor for my treatment, we left a message expecting to get called back. Low-and-behold, Sayeeda received a call from a Vaidam case manager the very next day. The family wanted the best orthopedic hospital in India for Sayeeda’s treatment, nonetheless, it should not be too expensive; “we told our case manager our specific requirements and within a few minutes she got back with multiple hospitals that looked nice and fit out budget.” In the end, Sayeeda and her family decided to go with Fortis Memorial Research Institute.
Sayeeda and her husband Kazi arrived in New Delhi on the 23rd of June. By the time she arrived in India, it was excruciatingly difficult for her to stand up. The family was received at the airport by a Vaidam Health Representative who helped reach their destination. “It was my first time in India, so I was a bit nervous, but knowing that there was somebody to receive us made me feel relieved”, says Sayeeda.
The following week, Sayeeda made her way to Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon for her appointment with the top Orthopaedic Specialist in India, Dr. Balwinder Rana. Her doctor ordered an X-ray and a Radionuclide Bone Scan to see the extent of the damage to her knees. After her scans came back, the doctor had good news and some bad news. Sayeeda would need knee surgery; in the meantime, she would have to undergo extensive physiotherapy and medication. The doctor prescribed calcium and glucosamine medication to help improve the bone density and was ordered to check back with the doctor, after two weeks of medication and physiotherapy.
“I was so relieved to hear the news. The doctor recommended a physiotherapist to help me with the pain.” Sayeeda saw a physiotherapist the following week. The physiotherapist explained why her knees were paining and taught Sayeeda taping methods to support her knees. “The taping removed the pain instantly and within four days I was off the pain medication.” In addition, she received ultrasounds and electrical stimulation treatment, and she was shown two or three leg raising exercises which she continued for two weeks before her appointment. “I feel it made a great difference”, she says.
After her second appointment with the doctor, Sayeeda now feels more at ease with the pain gone and increased mobility, “After starting exercise rehabilitation, I found myself being able to do a lot more, and was a lot more active very quickly.
Now back in Bangladesh, Sayeeda is still working on the exercise rehabilitation program and taking her pills regularly: “I am the most mobile I’ve been in a long time. There are very few things I can’t do now. And the pain has almost completely gone”. Although, Sayeeda’s knees are still “work in progress”, she has come a long way in ensuring that she gets permanent relief from the knee pain. Sayeeda plans on returning to India in October for a total knee replacement, till then we wish her all the best and a speedy recovery.