The Beginning to Now

My road in this achilles adventure has been a bit long.

Just about 11 months ago I was hit by a metal cart pretty hard.  I was pulling the front end behind me and the back end swung around and hit me right as my left leg was going back.  It felt like a knife had sliced me open.  I went down because I thought I was bleeding, no blood.  I swelled up and bruised pretty bad the days that followed.  I couldn’t lie in bed with my ankle down on the bed or even touch the back of my ankle.

Being my stubborn self I thought it was fine and it would get better.  So I waited a LONG time before I finally called “uncle” and went in to see a doctor.  (it was four months to be exact)

We knew it wasn’t ruptured, so I was put into physical therapy right away.  That was a HUGE mistake.  I was in so much pain by the end of the three weeks.  The PT suggested in his report that I be put into a boot as the next step, which I find out that is what should have happened first.  I also insisted on an MRI so we knew exactly what we were working with.

The MRI came back as minor tendinosis and some edema.  After about six weeks in the boot, plus steroids and an anti-inflammatory, I was put back into PT.  I failed PT for the second time.  I knew at this moment and months in that I needed a second opinion.  Thankfully my PT, who was not keen on my doctor’s treatment plan, suggested someone to see.

I felt like I was on a merry-go-round, every appointment with my first doctor was the same.  He tried to push vitamins and told me to sporadically wear the boot.  My last appointment with him he said that if there was something he should be doing to let him know.  He is the doctor, how am I supposed to know?  The kicker was when he said I was too beautiful and young to be going through this.  CHECK PLEASE!

My appointment with my new doctor went very well.  He thought there might be nerve damage and injected some numbing solution into my ankle to rule out nerves.  That did not go well.  It flared up my achilles so bad for the following 6 days.  My next appointment it was very clearly decided that we needed to go in for surgery.  I was very ready at this point to do anything.

The plan was to do three things;

1. release the calf muscle through the Strayer procedure - after 11 months I had lost all ability to move my ankle past 90 degrees

2.  get rid of scar tissue that you could feel was wrapped around the tendon

3. amnio-allograft on the tendon to promote healing.

plus obviously see what else he could find on the tendon.

The day of surgery arrived and I was in pre-op.  My doctor came in before to see me.  The days before surgery he had asked me to get a copy of my old MRI.  This is when he let me know that he looked at the MRI and there was a tear and that whomever did the MRI report did a really crappy job.  He showed me a screen-shot of the tear on the MRI.

Ends up it was a huge tear.  A 3 cm tear to be exact, which is pretty large.  So I had the tendon repaired and the Strayer procedure.

I am 10 days post-op right now!

On a side note.  Back when I had the MRI (July), at my follow-up appointment with my first doctor, I brought the MRI disc with me.  I handed it to him and said I quote, “In case you want to look at it because sometimes I know you see something not on the report”  He said he didn’t really need it because he read the report but took it anyway to put it in my file.  If only he took the time to look at it.  Ends up the report missed two things, not just the tear.

I’ll write more about my recovery in another post.  This is quite long enough for now :)

2 Responses to “The Beginning to Now”

  1. Whew! What a long, horrible road to have gone down! I’m so sorry that this has been going on so long, but now you’re on the road to recovery. The first couple weeks may be rough but it gets soooo much better. And before you know it you’ll be actually walking without pain for the first time in a long time. Hang in there! I’ll will be worth it.

  2. Good luck in the recovery! I hope things go smoothly. I’m glad you found a good doc - finally!

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