Hello all, my name is Sam, I suffered from
the above injury just over 2 years ago now. This forum and others gave me an
insight into what I had done/ what I was dealing with and I’ve been uncertain
as to whether I should put something up about my experience, after 2 years I
have decided that maybe I should put something up.
My experience has been a positive one, I
read a lot of negative things which at the time got me down a lot about life,
as some of you will know it can be a life changing injury. So onwards!
As above, my names Sam, I’m now 29 years
of age as I write this. I had the injury start at the begging of 2018; I was 27
then. I’ve been active all my life, I started riding bikes at the age of 2 and
have continued to do so all my life, played rugby for 10 years, ventured into
many outdoor sports throughout life and finally chose a career as a tree
surgeon. So in a nutshell, I hate being inside, outside in all weathers be it
working or playing.
Start of 2018 saw a spate of bad back
pain, being in the industry I was in I just continued as it was some what a
norm to experience some pain occasionally. I continued on for 5 weeks with this
(tree work, fencing etc), progressively the pain worsened. I sort physio help.
After my first session of physio I went Snowboarding and landed on my back
heavily to the point I could no longer put my shoes on without sitting down and
physically bending my leg toward me. I came back off holiday and continued with
these issues, I still climbed at work, still managed to perform my daily tasks
for another month roughly, I got to the point where I was dragging the leg
about (foot drop) and could no longer climb due to the pain the pressure on my
left leg would cause me. Fast forward to the 20/03/2018, I saw a doctor later
on, around 6 ish (my physio had referred me the day prior). He reiterated what
my physio had said and said he could help. I had a foot drop in my left leg,
the leg was physically smaller than my right leg, the whole rear had shutdown,
glutes, hamstring and calves had stopped functioning on my left leg. He managed
to pull some strings and get me in at Leeds General Infirmary the next day. I
was to be there at 7AM on the off chance they could get me an MRI scan.