Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy by Elaine

by Elaine

My name is Elaine and I suffer from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy(RSD). I have had it for almost 20 years now, and there is no cure.

I was a paramedic, and I was working when the accident occurred. I was taking a 200lb patient out of the ambulance, when the trigger mechanism on the stretcher malfunctioned, causing the stretcher to collapse, and it hit just above my patella (kneecap) and kept dropping.
—My job was to get my patient into the hospital and into the waiting ER, so I did that, then I assessed my knee. I called in to my dispatch, and was instructed to go to the doctor. Once there, I had a basic evaluation, but no x-rays, and was told I would need to take a few days off, and then start physical therapy once the swelling was gone, and I should be able to return to work.
—>Well a week later, it was still swollen, and I was unable to bear any weight at all… so I was sent for x rays, and an MRI. The doctor came into the room, and explained that my patella had moved medially and laterally down to just above my ankle, and I would need surgery immediately. He also explained that I had a partial rupture of the quadriceps, a torn fascia, a torn meniscus, and torn patella tendon.
—I was in surgery later that evening. I woke up from the operation, and felt sore, but nothing horrible. They gave me pain meds, and the pain pretty much went away. I was discharged a few days later, and told I had a slight infection, I was given antibiotics and pain meds.


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