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May 24th, 2008 by screwdriver

Hi guys . Im new and i find this site really helpful. Im 38 yo male who id say is active 3-4x a week doing road cycling , basketball running ,and tennis. I injured my left achilles may 18,2008 in a basketball game . I really thought went i went up to jump that someone stepped at the back of my left shoe and prevented me from jumping ,there was a loud pop that almost eveyone heard, then a sharp pain did set in from my ankle going up.I knew it was not a typical ankle sprain injury , i now after a few minutes that my achilles tendon is screwed up.
i went home and did not really go to the ER. For the next 48-72 hours i did RICE .It was not painful . I was not able to see a doctor til may 21 2008 and they took an MRI.the ortho doctor said he thinks it will heal comparably with a surgical approach as there are still fibers intact .The thompson test is positive but im able to move my L ankle to point it down with gravity resisting it.
Im not too optimistic as the MRI reports almost complete tear and stats most of the time points to surgery for younger active individuals. The doctor put me in a long leg cast with my knee in 45 degrees flexio and ankle in 25 degree plantarflexion. This cast is torture and i a bit claustrophobic and it still drives me crazy.
at this point i called my insurance to allow me to go for a 2nd opinion and i have an appt for may 28,2008 with a specialist .
im at home at this time and whats bugging me is the depression , the transision from active to inactive . A lot of tigs that require a lot of time to do or cant do at all independently.Trying to accept i will out of work for a long time.
Im banking on this specialist and will probably heed his advice .
I just wanna know ore info how you guys decided on anaesthesia , and if you guys had the surgery as an outpatient or inpatient procedure.

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  1. Mr WordPress said,

    on May 24th, 2008 at 8:49 am

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  2. tennisjunkie said,

    on May 24th, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Hey, good luck with your injury. I think you will get used to the cast - give it some time. I was very anxious and somewhat claustraphobic when I went to get mine. Now, it bothers me some, but it protects me well. I am 3 weeks post surgery and in a walking cast, trying to learn to walk on it.

    A second opinion is a great move on your part. As you pointed out, you are young and active - maybe surgery is an option. Mine was a total rupture,so due to my age and that I totally “failed” the thompson test, I had the surgery. And I am 51! But an active and young 51.

    My surgery was done on an outpatient basis, and he said it took about an hour to repair. I had to report at 7:30 am, surgery about 9am and home around noon.
    I did have general, I think spinal was an option, but I liked my anesthesiologist - I told her I had some nausea the last time with an OP surgery, so she stuck a patch behind my ear and I think she also gave me an anti-nausea medication with my IV. It worked.

    Also, everyone on this blog has a different experience, but I was more uncomfortable afterwards, rather than in great pain. Elevation and ice helped me alot.

    I think we all have had gone through the depression, denial, anger — at some point, I think we all get to acceptance. Even having said that, I had my own crying jag yesterday when I felt extreme self pity. Today is a new day, and I just planted 6 pots of flowers. It took 5 times as long as usual, but I am so proud.

    So, advice - ask for help, try to find some good books, movies and projects to do that you never have time for because you are always working out. And post some comments when you feel bad - you will find your blog buddies to be very helpful and supportive. Please keep us posted with the second opinion.

  3. craig said,

    on May 24th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Hi Screwdriver,

    Echoing what others have said, the depression and anxiety is perfectly normal. This truly is a life altering injury. Hang in there, it will get better, I promise.

    I was the most depressed the day I did it (happened at 9:30 in the morning). I have friends who have gone through this, and I knew it was a long road to recovery. Personally, I wanted to get surgery as soon as possible, so I could start the healing process, but I also wanted to make sure I picked an orthopedic surgeon who I was both comfortable with, and, frankly, was good. I was fortunate that the doctor I chose had an opening in surgery the day after I met him, so it was 4 days between injury and surgery.

    I like that you are getting a second opinion. As you’ll see reading other posts here there are a number of different methods for recovery. However, regardless of the path for recovery, it seems that everybody is at nearly the same place after 4-6 months. I believe the moral here is that you need to find a doctor that you are comfortable with and believe can give you the best care for your needs.

    Craig

  4. w8kbrd said,

    on May 25th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Welcome to the Club! (sorry to say)

    After I ruptured my left achilles I was extremely depressed. The ER told me it was only a partial rupture and I would not require surgery. I still couldn’t believe that I could hear a sound as significant as that POP and only rupture less than 25%…..
    I decided to see a Sports Medicine Dr right away and they told me that as active as I am that i should definitley have surgery. Once I had surgery I felt a lot better, because i have found progress each and every day as opposed to a hanging foot.
    I would say that if you want to continue a routine of exercise that you should have surgery at least that is what the Dr told me. I think that a non-surgical approach is for those individuals that are not as active. That is not to say that one way is better than the other. I think it is completely up to the individual on what they are most comfortable. I am 28 and as active as they come so I definitley wanted surgery.
    Good luck with the second opinion. Take comfort in reading everyones story on this blog b/c you will hear all types of cases.
    Good luck and keep us all posted on what you decide.

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