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Three weeks ago I had a fall rock climbing, landed funny on my knee from 4 meters... a trip to A&E confirmed no fractures, was given a splint, crutches and referred to trauma & orthopeadics team there.
I had a horrible experience with my consultant, who suspected an ACL tear (though I only discovered this because he wrote it on the MRI referral form) and told I would get an MRI in 6/8 weeks.
I elected to pay for a private scan, as I simply couldnt' wait that long, plus another couple of weeks to see my consultant. I (used to) work three manual jobs, am a single mum and do some sort of exercise pretty much every day of the week so being suddenly laid up is depressing to say the least.
To consultants credit, he was entirely correct in his diagnosis - however, I took my radiology report to my GP instead and asked to be referred to another hospital.
Apparently this was all pointless - I read stories from people in the states who from confirmation of their diagnosis are operated on within a couple of weeks. I had an urgent "must be seen in a week" referral from GP to new hospital, who now, at 8 days claim to not have any record of my referral.
I still can't walk properly, or bend my knee. I am only 30, and its making me so depressed. I can't afford to see a private consultant, but I feel so let down with our system right now.
So has anyone else here had a sports injury to their knee? How long did you find the process from diagnosis - treatment?
It's not even about not being able to do sport, I just want to be able to walk and climb stairs and work!
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