First of all let me say right away that I was not hurt playing sports, but my injury was compared to a sports injury and I saw a sports injury specialist. In may of 2006 i was hit by a truck as a pedestrian and suffered a severe knee injury. I was told that it was comparable to a very severe football injury. In August of 2006 i had my ACL, PCL and MCL replaced using cadaver ligaments and a screw and washer. I have had severe pain ever since. The knee is stable and I can bend it without too much pain, but I have a hard time walking and am dealing with severe swelling. I still wear my DonJoy leg brace whenever I leave my house. I do not wear it in my house. during the winter I fell twice going down the wheelchair ramp that had to be built after the accident and I know that had I not been wearing my brace I would have had to have had another surgery. Before the surgery my knee was extremely unstable and had to walk on even while wearing a soft brace. However the pain was minimal. I have thought many times since the surgery that maybe I made a poor decision in having the surgery. I have not returned to any kind of employment due to the pain and swelling issues. I choose to have the surgery as soon as I could due to the want of getting better as fast as possible and returning to work. I wonder if there is anyone out there who has not gotten the surgery and lived with their knee the way it was and how it all worked out. I also was wondering if anyone has had an injury similar to mine and if they suffered the same problems and what happened to their knee in later years. I am sorry this is so long, but I am seeking answers and am very frustrated with my knee and myself and am hoping for some help. Thank you very much.
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