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Offline smiley196

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need to vent!
« on: January 31, 2005, 07:55:33 PM »
Hi everyone, Im fairly neew here and I think its a great site with alot of info/help. I need to vent for just a second. Well, my current situation is that I did a plant and twist move in October playing touch football in gym and felt a pop, immidiet pain and went to the ER. They then put me in a full leg brace and crutches for a near 2 1/2 months. My knee has locked twice on me and given away numerous times and each time it does it hurts more and more. When I went ot the ER they simply said that I had a sprain and to go home. After the 10 weeks on cructhes, it still hurt very much and was giving out so we went ot see a sports injury specialist who was a bit suspicious of my ACL and refferd us to a OS. Now, neither of them can find an 'endpoint' to my ACL, but cannot clearly tell by doing the lachmans test and stuff. NOW the decided to order an MRI....almost 5 MONTHS AFTER the injury!! And by the time I get it, it will most likely be around 7 months. I play provinical soccer and I have had to miss mnay scouting oppertunities, tryouts etc. It frusterates me so much, what would it have hurt to get the MRI when i first went to see them in November? I miss soccer so much, it is honestly a huge part of my life. Sometimes I just cry because I get so frusterated. I just was my knee to get better its so frusterating!!! >:( Has anyone else ever torn their ACL and had to miss their favourite sport? It drives me insane and I feel like I cant take it anymore...its soo frusterating!!!!!
*16 years old*
Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: need to vent!
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2005, 08:09:27 PM »
I can totally understand! It took them 6 yrs(and 9 dislocations) for my doctors to admit there was something wrong with my knee. I've been an athlete all my life, and always very active in any kind of phsical activity, and had to give up all sports cause I can't trust my knee. I still was able to go dancing(hiphop) until I was dancing and my knee went again on the dance floor. So embarrasing  :-[, everyone thought I was drunk. I love to dance and was usually the life of the party on the floor. Now going out just isn't really any fun. It's so frustrating. I am getting better at pool now though! I am now having surgery on it the 22 of Feb. And take comfort in the fact that I will soon be back to my old self. You will too, it's just hard to be patient!
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Numerous dislocations, both knees
 tilted patellas
 LR and MR done on LK 2/22/05

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Re: need to vent!
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2005, 08:12:07 PM »
Hi Smiley196 -

Just wanted to let you know that your not alone in your frustration.  I'm a runner and I do all sorts of other stuff (racquetball, volleyball, Tae Kwon Do) and I've been through it.... twice.

Two years ago I tore my ACL playing volleyball.  I had it fixed, and although rehab was both challenging and frustrating, I was back up and running in 4 months, and ran a marathon about a year later (after training for about 6 months).  Then last month I tore my the ACL in my OTHER knee playing racquetball and just had surgery to have it fixed on Friday.  I'm back in the same place again, and it's totally frustrating.  I've been training in Tae Kwon Do for a year now and I'm having to stop that for a while, and I can't run either, obviously.

The good news is that I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  If I'm diligent with my rehab and PT - I'll be back and up doing what I like to do again soon, and so will you - it just takes patience. 

My thoughts are with you - hang in there.

Jay
August 2002 - ACL Replacement, patellar autograft (volleyball injury)
January 2005 - ACL Replacement, patellar autograft and meniscus repair (racquetball injury)

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Re: need to vent!
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2005, 11:13:31 PM »
Thank you guys both, it helps to knwo that other people feel the same way!
*16 years old*
Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: need to vent!
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2005, 12:50:34 AM »
So good to be hear other people frustrated about their rehab. 6 months ago I had ACI (autologous cartilage implantation). Only recently have I started driving and only now can I start to do serious quadricep muscle work. I do my physiotherapy religiously, but sometimes find it so hard to be positive all the time! I dislocated my knee and tore off large chunck of cartilage from behind patella 9 months ago whilst in a dance class. I miss dancing so much. It is so frustrating that I now have to work so hard to get back to something which was once so easy and natural.

As the rate of improvement is so tiny every day, it's hard to work out if doing all your exercises is worth it. I know I have to do them, but I am seriously so over it!! Any one else in a similiar situation??

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Re: need to vent!
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2005, 02:24:38 AM »
AM,
   I went through it too. I have been lucky and managed not to do a whole lot of damage when my knees dislocate, but it was so frustrating to go through phsical therapy and then when they said, all better ::) dislocate again. The first few times were actual impacts; runner going through second base, wresting and my sister sat on my foot as I fell over...., then it starting occuring without any impact. I was sent to PT by a incompetent OS who saw MRI results and then decided there was nothing wrong and didn't even ask any questions. PT said just imagine what it would be like if I hadn't done the therapy. It did help strengthen my muscles so I was able to go quite a while before my knee would go out again. I later found out it wasn't something that would heal with PT alone and that's why it kept happening. I was angry for  long time, but realized I wouldn't have had anything close to a normal existence if it hadn't been for phsical therapy. Keep it up. it'll be worth it. Plus there's this great website to vent when the frustration gets to be too much.   :)
Numerous dislocations, both knees
 tilted patellas
 LR and MR done on LK 2/22/05