A bit, only a bit, of an injury related rant.

I had a funny injury a little over a year and a half ago. Caught the toe of my crampon on my heel while the other foot was lodged in the ice, big twist, big fall, ‘oh shit that did some damage moment’, and then, you know, of course, just continued to walk off the mountain. At that moment ended up with: toes I couldn’t move or feel, pain in the foot, pain the in ankle, outer knee, and a pinch in the hip. I went to the GP, but even she was skeptical.

Turns out, I had a femoral acetabelor impingment in my hip, which means my femur and my hip were making too close of a connection, because of this, when I tripped, I caught and tore the cartildge in the hip. One without the other would have been fine, but as it was, four months of physio, a LOT of drugs and crutches later, I had a hip surgery to correct this. They swore up and down it would cure all the other pains.

Of course they didn’t. Still had all the other guys, and the knee even seemed worse. Foot, sure, hurt a ton, ankle, still sore. We somehow decided that there was some nerve involvement, which was true, numb toes, and all, and decided the weak ankle and turned in foot were related.

Introduce the knee doctors, we shall call them, tweedle, dee, and dumb. Dumb thought there was nothing wrong with it, maybe an inflammed ITB, but couldn’t explain the nerve thing. Dee, fancy pants and in a private hospital, thought it was JUST the nerve thing, and sent me to see another neurologist and a neurosurgen. (They were nice, they don’t get nicknames). An hour of electrified needles in my knee later, nope, not a nerve thing. In comes tweedle, head of the whole knee team. His first question was; what did the ankle guys say? Me? Oh, uh, no one has sent me to an ankle guy. Blink, blink. Okay then… He thinks he can’t help me, because he can’t see anything in the knee causing all the pain.

Oh, did I forget the two cortisone injections?

Anyway, he is supposed to call me back next week, but has already suggested he may have to refer me to the ankle team because he can’t see anything, despite reassuring me he truly believes something is wrong, he really seems like a nice sincere guy. I go and fill my physio in. He re-examines my ankle, and tells me about this new patient he got with the same ankle pain and movement. Apprently, she had a ligment reconstruction and everything was hunky dory. He recomended I see the ankle guy ASAP, and even started suggesting ways to get in to see another guy he knows quite quickly, apparently time being of the essence. Which is cool. It’s only been a year and a half.


So, one hip surgery, three knee surgens, two neurologists, one neurosurgen, two cortisone injections, two MRI’s, and apparently, 1.5 years later, I actually have an ankle problem, not a knee problem?


Doesn’t make me want to break things at all… not… at all… OH HELLO WINE BOTTLE.


Rant over.


About adventuresunplugged

The world is a really cool place. I moved to Zurich almost three years ago to start my PhD, and have really enjoyed the different opportunites living close to the Swiss alps offered. This blog is about some of my adventures, climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, traveling... life in general! Wow, haven't updated this bad boy in some time! While the above is still true I have gone on to finish the PhD, so that is Dr Unplugged to you. I also have landed a job in Switzerland and will be shortly moving to Geneva. Clearly I have some adventures ahead left to explore with you guys along for company!
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