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Doctors can make mistakes, too

I had an X-ray of my ankle done this morning. It turns out the Manchester Royal Infirmary registrar who told me I hadn't broken it, just sprained it very badly, was mistaken. There was a fracture to the lower part of the tibia and the fibula, and although over time, the bone has healed, it has done so in an erratic fashion. There's a protruberance of new bone growth, and that's what's causing the continued pain, swelling, and restriction of movement I've been complaining about for the last 2 1/2 years. I have now been referred to an orthopaedic surgeon with more than 30 years experience, and he'll see me on April 4th. It's very likely I will need surgery to correct it.

Meanwhile, I'm to keep up with my exercises for another three months in an effort to sort out my chronic tendonitis (which by the way, is starting to feel better).

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hesadevil
Mar. 15th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
You have my sympathy and attendant incredulity. The Manchester Royal missed my fractured elbow (the result is a crooked right arm) - but that was back in 1960, I would have expected an upgrade in equipment since then.

Ouch! on the impending surgery.
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Maybe they took their X-ray from the wrong angle? Or perhaps that registrar didn't know what he was talking about.

Anyway, there is an upside to surgery: no having to deal with Jobsworth for a week or two at least! ;-)
suze2000
Mar. 15th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
At LEAST. I was off work for two weeks, then bored out of my brain I went back, and did desk work for the next three - until I was able to resume normal duties (I have one of those jobs that requires you to stand and walk for a good part of the day).

While you are having that done, you should consider a reconstruction as well, so that it doesn't happen again. :) Seriously, the number of near-miss sprains I've had since then..! I must admit it would be better if I'd spent more time doing my exercises afterward, but I've only got myself to blame for that. However, despite my slackness, the tendons in question are now doing thier job properly. Yay!
suze2000
Mar. 15th, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)
This doesn't surprise me, given your continual pain and the severity of the fall at the time. I hope when you do see the surgeon, the outcome is good. I don't regret my ankle surgery for a day. :)
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I took your advice and persevered until I got some answers...and after 2 1/2 years of pain, my objections to surgery have become less and less insurmountable to me.
meko00
Mar. 15th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
Ah. Kind of like my broken toe, then. Best wishes, you're going to need them.
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Oi! No scaring me allowed!
meko00
Mar. 16th, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
Ah, it's not that bad. Just... make sure you have ample time off right after the operation. I wasn't all that mobile for quite some time.
bogwitch
Mar. 15th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
Across both bones and they didn't see it? Blimey!

Seen this:

http://www.o2wirelessfestival.co.uk/london/index.asp
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Hmm...no Depeche Mode? Bummer!
bogwitch
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
I think that was always going to be rather optimistic.

I'm contemplating going on my own to see Editors and The Rakes, regardless of whether anyone else wants to come.
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
What was that other gig you asked me to consider again? I'm afraid I've sort of forgotten it with all that's happened...although perhaps it's best not to make any definite plans until I've had a word with the surgeon.
bogwitch
Mar. 15th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
It was Muse.

Best see surgeon first, I agree.
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, Muse! I'd love to see them...but first things first. ::sigh::
vegmb
Mar. 15th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
I hope this surgery takes care of the problem for good.
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Ditto -- although I don't know what I'll have to write about once it gets sorted ;-).
vegmb
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
All the great shoes you can wear once again and the things you can do because you can walk without pain.
anonypooh
Mar. 15th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
An answer!!

But blimey - wish it had been a lot earlier in coming!
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
So do I -- but at least now I can start to see the end of it.
curiouswombat
Mar. 15th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Meep - that is not funny. I would write and make a complaint to the MRI if I were you.
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
No, what would be the point? It's been so long and besides, there have been other doctors who've dismissed my complaints as unimportant since then. I'm just glad I've finally been proved right.
curiouswombat
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
Mainly just so that they know there was a problem, even though it is a longish time ago. If they have a number of things that went wrong because of poor equipment, or poor reading of X rays, then more information is useful, or if there was someone else who had complained about a similar problem and they are still arguing about it your problem would add information to any enquiry.
gamiila
Mar. 16th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Okay, I may reconsider.
enigmaticblues
Mar. 15th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad you've finally gotten the right answer, and I hope they can sort it for you quickly!
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and I hope they can, too!
diachrony
Mar. 16th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
Well that issue certainly took its time being discovered, didn't it? I'm glad it looks like being taken care of finally. And pretty shoes will be much more fun afterward! :~]
gamiila
Mar. 16th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Shocking, isn't it? But I'm glad to know now that it can be treated, and I'll be walking on two good legs again soon!
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