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So as some of you may recall, I had lateral ligament reconstruction and peroneal tendon graft done in August.
My surgeon repeatedly blew off my concerns while recovering, after 2 accidents in October and November. He insisted there was nothing wrong, and got snarky when I told him I wanted a 2nd opinion.
I went for that in December, my new surgeon deciding I had valid concerns. He wanted to rule out rheumatoid arthritis and nerve damage.
I wound up having an MRI last month. My rheumatologist said it didn't show RA, which was good. She only said that there was some ligament issues. She never elaborated.
I saw my surgeon this morning and got news I never expected. After receiving a tentative diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome by the rheumatologist, I was floored by what my surgeon was telling me.
He read the report, but wished he had the scans to review himself. He told me that the ligament had stretched out again. He then examined my ankle, asking lots of questions about the pain.
He told me that it was possible that he'd have to do surgery. He then did a freezing procedure to test if surgery would help.
He'd printed out the report and gave me a copy. When he came back into the room to test my pain level, I asked him what the split tendon finding was all about.
He explained to me what it was, and that he would possibly have to surgically repair that. We confirmed the result of his pain test. It meant that surgery was now urgent.
He now has to repair the ligament stretching. That will mean a new scar. He said that if he opened my ankle and found it was rat sh!t, he was going to have to open the ankle up further. If he has to repair the tendon, he will have to do a new incision, he will not use the original. He says that it will turn into a major procedure.
Now it will be another 6 weeks off my feet, stuck upstairs where no one wants me.
Surgery is in 3 weeks.
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