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Hi all, I am new to your boards and hoping for some advice because right now I just feel so alone and depressed. I had my first Achilles Tendon tear repair surgery on 6/30/16 with also a case of Bursitis. We arent sure exactly how i tore it because the first doctor misdiagnosed it saying it was only Tendinitis and it was not. My surgeon chose to go in through small incisions the first time. I had started PT around week 3 to get the inflammation and scar tissue to help heal. I was in walking boot and using a cane which my therapists told me to use because my doctor never said i needed it nor crutches. It is my right ankle and at around week 5 I was told I could drive eventhough my therapists didnt think it was a good idea. I didnt have much help with family so I only drove to therapy and to work when i went back. As time went on I went to therapy 3 times a week and started having neck and back problems which i never did before. I had to start seeing a spine specialist because being in the boot for so long started affecting everying. We had to start addressing these new problems in PT. When i started to try to transition out of the boot I started having more pain and did not feel comfortable in sneakers. I kept on telling everyone something was wrong and my surgeon kept on saying how much better it looked. He tried mutliple Prolotherapy shots, meds, whirl pool etc and I begged him for an MRI because i was getting worse instead of better. When it was finally approved it showed i had a 6 mm tear in my ankle. My doctor did not want to do another surgery because he felt he could heal it the non-invasive approach. I gave him time for this and then in December i couldnt live like this anymore and begged him to do the second surgery knowing he would be opening it and using stem cell grafts. I didnt care anymore because my way of life felt like it was declining. I had been in a boot since 6/30 and was tired and needed my life back. On 12/22 i had my second surgery and eventhough he kept on telling me how small the tear was he said they fixed it and used two grafts to help it heal. Also, i went to a neurologist beforr he finally agreed to surgery because he wanted to make sure there was not nerve damage which there was not.
I have been non-weight bearing since surgery and yesterday was my second day back at PT. I absolutely adore my therapists, they have been angels in my life that have kept me going. I also love my surgeon who my family sees too but he said after surgery that if this doesnt feel better when it is healed, he is blaming it on my back. I disagree with this as my therapists do too. I know that a surgeon does not like having to go in and do a second surgery and i even apologized for this but i felt this was the only thing left to do which everyone agreed with me. I have been overly stressed with it in my head that if i dont feel better that what is wrong with me? I dont know if this makes sense but i feel very alone and worried. I do have pain still but i know it is still healing and will tske time because it is very sensitive where the stitches were. I am trying to go back to back to work next Wednesday but i dont know if i should take one more week off. I see my dr 2/10 for my next appt and he feels i should be out of the boot by then which i dont see happening. I am also using crutches which i have been since they found the new tear. Since the first surgery, i have lost 32 pounds which i am proud of, the only good thing lately.
I am sorry to write so much, i only have my physical therapists who understand what i am going through and i am just hoping for advice from anyone who reads this. Im just so tired and just scared about things. I never knew one surgery would lead to all that has happened.
Thank you for listening.
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