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RE: Chronic anterior compartment syndrome
I had compartment syndrome diagnosed back in 2002 from pressure tests. The worst exercise for inducing pain was bike riding (especially with resistance), but also with brisk walking, walking uphills, running and anything else that involved moving my toes up and down. I had a bilateral anterior fasciotomy on 22 Oct 2002 but the doctor was not experienced enough and it didn't work out for me. I had a 25 cm cut down both shins and they took about 12 months to heal properly - before that wearing high socks would break open little parts of the scar resulting in bleeding.
I had further pressure tests performed Aug 2003, and my pressures were still in the mid 30's after 5 minutes rest. It's only now that I have decided to undertake more surgery because I feel as though there isn't anything I can try with physios, reduced activity etc.
This time I am seeing two different surgeons and I am definitely going to ask about what success they have, what method of incision they use, how many patients they treat etc. I want to get all the compartments released this time, because my specialist told me that the latest thinking is that this will improve the chances of successful surgery (has anyone else been told this?).
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