My story isn't as long or tragic as some I've seen on here, and yet I am so overwhelmed, that thoughts of
suicide are in my head. Two years ago, I tried to cancel meniscus surgery. The morning of the surgery I told my Dr. how much better my knee was feeling in the 2 months since he last saw me. In the same period I had fallen in love with a woman. Everything in my life was coming up roses, finally at the age of 50.
I was able to lift heavy objects ,walk wherever I wanted with no limp. Ride a bike, I even jumped off a small wall. In the 48 hours leading up to my surgery I researched meniscus online and discovered that while they don't heal on their own, they do sometimes improve,and it is best to avoid surgery unless necessary.
Long story short, the Dr. said let's do this. Six weeks before I had driven 1000 miles and had some discomfort. That was my only complaint. Everything else was improved. And driving locally was painless. Knowing what I know now, the Dr. should have known that this was an improper time for surgery. He even told me 4 months later that he cancels surgery all the time ,even on the table.
Six months after my surgery he gave me a cortisone shot that I didn't request and I believe because of a misplaced needle my life changed forever.
A year and a half of more rehab and my knee has never been as strong and pain free like before the surgery.
I had a nervous breakdown and lost the love of my life. I am in pain all the time and the latest MRI says I have another tear and issues elsewhere that never existed until after the ill fated cortisone shot that I never asked for.
I cannot walk anywhere around the block. just back and forth with pain. I am looking at TKR if my insurance covers it. The original Surgeon talked me out of canceling, acted totally unconcerned during my painful rehab,then gave me a cortisone shot when I was improved at 6 months post Surgery. Six days after the shot my knee popped,and I brought my mother to that final appt. and he lied saying I asked for the shot. I wasn't there for pain. I was there to have him interpret an MRI that was 6 weeks old. The shot hurt and it was a long needle . I had cortisone shots previous and it didn't go like this..
I have read where Meniscus injuries sometimes improve and people go 10-20 years without any more problems. Sorry this was long. My quality of life went from crappy to wonderful to pathetic because a Doctor wanted to do an unnecessary surgery and then a just as unnecessary cortisone shot that has done permanent damage to my knee. Sorry this is long. I am needing to vent. This site has brought some comfort.