Karen's ACL/PCL trama

by Karen Morris
(Bangor, Wales or Ireland)

After having a hell of a day trying to get to Manchester from Bangor, North Wales to play a University Gaelic football match I didn't think the day could get any worse. We arrived and finally started to warm up, I was excited and ready to go. As I jumped up to catch the ball I could feel something wasn't right. I landed with my right foot firmly planted on the ground and my knee completely twisting to the right. I heard a pop and knew something was really wrong as the pain was unbearable.

I was brought straight off the pitch but was in so much pain I can't remember much. However, being me I was twice as worried that I wasnt able to play the match the the possibility that something was really wrong. My team mates wanted to call the ambulance but I decided to stick it out for the match (which we lost) and got it looked at back in Bangor that evening. After spending 5 hours in the hospital i had an x-ray and was simply given a bandage and crutches and sent home with an appointment for the following week. That night with a lot of tossing and turning I think I managed to get 1 hour sleep. The appointment a week later however was pointless as they could not tell what was wrong because excessive swelling so told me to come back after Christmas, 4 weeks later.
My 3rd trip to hospital 5 weeks after the incident proved a little more useful then the others as they refered me for an MRI scan but still unable to tell what was wrong because of the swelling which had not subsided. Nevertheless it was another 4 weeks until I had the scan and a further 2 weeks until the results came back. It was bad news. The MRI scan showed a complete rupture of my ACL, partial tear of my posterior cruciate, and sprain and twisting to the lateral ligament and meniscus. Being a sports science student this was very bad news for me and extremely upsetting to hear I would need surgery.
They continued to inform me that this was an urgent case and I would be referred straight away to a specialist for surgery which with my look still hasn't happened!! It has been nearly 5 months now and nothing has been done about it. I have not been able to take part in any of my university activities and is really hard for me to deal with. Sport is my life and there is nothing I want more then to play football, badminton and volleyball again. I still need to see a specialist and set a date for surgery so I have a long road ahead of me, I just hope it will happen soon..

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Aug 12, 2009
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by: Karen

Thanks Bart,

As of today I am 4weeks post op.. I have full range of motion and most of the time I am walking without a limp. It is still painful at times but everyday is getting better. Today I started the stationary bike with my physiotherapist and it felt great and will start water walking tomorrow! I am so happy that im finally starting to do things again and getting my life back!


Aug 12, 2009
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Yeah!
by: Bart - SII

Karen, it sounds like you are doing fantastic. Your motion sounds good, and you are progressing. Now comes the "hard part" of keeping motivated as you continue your strengthening. I am sure you will do great!

Bart

Jul 29, 2009
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2weeks post op
by: karen

I am now 2weeks post op, had the stitches removed today and everything looks good.. still using the crutches when I go out but am getting around the house without them. Still have significant bruising and numbness which the surgeon said might just start to fade out or might never go.. have been going to teh physio and have full extension and at 120degrees flexion so everything is as planned!! cant wait to get back to the gym however I have a feeling it wont be for another few months.. I dont want to do too much to soon!!

Jun 21, 2009
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by: Anonymous

Finally got a date for surgery... 15th of july so only a few weeks away... really scared!!!

May 28, 2009
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by: Anonymous

hey,that is my aim too to get back playin in feb 10,yeh if you get the surgery done soon hopefully ya should depend on recovery and physio,my recovery is coming on good thanks 5 weeks on from the surgery now and off the crutches still doing physio every week but its gettin easier and have full movement,will be probally be a couple more months before i can start going gym but aint rushing anything after the amount of time i have already missed,ya should really get an appointment with a specialist fairly soon if feb is your aim.

May 16, 2009
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by: karen

Since writting my story I have rang up the hospital a number of times and they have finally refered me onto another hospital to see a specialist. However, the appointment to see him will be when I am back in Ireland and Im afraid I may not be able to come back for it.. although it is too expensive in Ireland so I fear having to get surgery throughout the academic year which may be a problem as I am going into 3rd doing a sport science degree.. I have been doing strengthening exercises over the last few months but it is still very week and goes from under me quite often.

Does anyone know of a good surgeon in North Wales that doesnt cost too much because I need to have this surgery soon? I am going mad :(

May 16, 2009
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Sx needed ASAP
by: Anonymous

Wow! 5 months of nothing! I can't imagine how much discomfort you're in. Is there no other way for you to get the surgery as soon as possible? I suggest that you at least perform some basic knee strengthening exercises to maitain knee strength and to prevent muscle atrophy. Goodluck.

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