"Regional transient or migrant osteoporosis"

About: St Mary's Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

I broke my right ankle 18 months ago. I could not walk for 8 months and went to painful physiotherapy at great unnecessary cost to the NHS, as I also needed transport and painkillers and sleeping pills. The senior consultant at St Mary’s Paddington failed to recognise the symptoms. A letter was sent to my GP discharging me, when I still had pain. I had regional transient or migrant osteoporosis. 4 months ago I broke my left ankle, and the same consultant and his registrars didn’t even bother to look at my foot. Again, a letter was sent saying the fracture had healed and I wasn’t in pain, again that wasn’t true. I went to A&E and had another x ray and was told it hadn’t healed. I then went back and made another appointment in such pain.

The registrar recognised I was in pain but said the fracture had healed and went to my consultant to see where to direct me.

He flicked through my notes asked me if I had a drinking problem (I haven’t) asked what was in my diet coke and told me to go.

I am a pensioner on pension credits. I asked my doctor to recommend somebody privately. I had X rays that showed the fracture hadn't healed and a MRI scan that showed the abnormality of my foot which was easy to see, if either the registrar or consultant bothered to look.

I saw many cases on Google. I put the cost on a credit card and borrowed money and want the money back. I was amazed to learn that if you complain to a hospital you only get an apology. I have now formally asked for it. Also I want all physiotherapists, registrars and consultants to be aware of the condition, so nobody suffers like I have. With complete rest this condition gets healed and I had an effusion by a good rheumatologist. The symptoms are abnormality of the foot and acute pain.

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