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I fell in late February, just a week after shoulder surgery, I was taken to hospital and x-rayed then told there was no break but given crutches and a tube bandage and told to walk normally but to take some of my weight with the crutches. I couldn’t do that because of the shoulder so mostly sat on the couch waiting to heal.
I went back to work and driving a manual car two weeks later, putting up with the pain, trusting that the doctor in the hospital was right and that it would heal itself. Finally in May I went to my GP as the knee was still swollen to twice the size of my other one, the pain was terrible. He was appalled that the hospital had not investigated further and sent me for an MRI which came back diagnosing both a meniscus tear and a probably tibial plateau fracture. A CT followed which confirmed the TPF.
The GP was confident that I would get in to the fracture clinic immediately and to listen to what they had to tell me. This was not the case and I waited for almost a month. I was given no information about NWB, no brace, no cast or even any advice, just told I had to see the fracture clinic. I rang continually but kept getting told they hadn’t received the referral from the referral hub yet – finally I got the GP to fax it directly to them and I got in to see them last week (the public health system is pathetic). I was told by the Doctor there “well, the fall was in February so it should be well and truly healed by now so I’m discharging you. You can partial weight bear and need to see the Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Screening Clinic for an opinion on your meniscus repair. They will do another MRI.” I’m still waiting for that appointment!
Meanwhile the pain is increasing, particularly down the shin under my knee and I can’t sleep, every movement jolts it and it is agony. I have bought a support brace myself which does seem to help and I am using one crutch.
Any advice you can give me would be most gratefully received. I am worried I am doing more damage by walking on it.