Meniscus and ACL damage?

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Long story short. 

2015, suffered a root tear of my meniscus. Had it surgically repaired.

 In October 2016, I was skating and felt a pop in same knee. Figured I did it again, and fought through it. Noticed I couldn't push off the leg going up steps. About 4 weeks ago, I was at the gym, and noticed my knee was clicking when I was doing elliptical work. Then one day at home, I turned awkwardly, and felt a pop and searing pain in the same spot, and couldn't put weight on it. So I grabbed my brace and started to wear it again. Made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Saw him Tuesday. He said I more than likely retore the meniscus. He then asked if I did any ACL damage when I tore the meniscus the first time. Told him the doctor didn't say I did. So he wants me to have an MRI done, and under diagnosis, it says "acute medical meniscus tear; acute knee pain; (and wasn't expecting this) New ACL tear. 

Is it possible to tear the ACL and still be able to walk (albeit with a limp and pain)? I can't push off the leg and have all my weight when going up stairs. 

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    Yes, you can. In fact, you can even drive. If you have a high tolerance for pain.

    In 1979 I broke both knees, blew out the meniscus and tore the ACLS as well. I climbed up a dirt path, went home and drove to work the next day.

    It hurt like HE'LL but I had no idea of the serious damage I'd done. I worked in a doctor's office....and that's how I found out I destroyed both knees.

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      That's the way moment has been. 

      There have been times I could barely walk on it or move it without pain. 

      I guess we will see what damage is done when I have the MRI in a few weeks.

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      So I did some reading and didn't realize that a lot of ACL tears are diagnosed by a Lachman test, which the ortho did on me. 

      So I have the MRI on the 28th to determine severity, and the follow-up on the 5th to plan out course of action. 

      I am seriously bummed out, but it is what it is and I have to deal with it. 

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    Yep, and great that you have a good ortho!
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