Ppffft my torn ACL (self diagnosed) actually makes me a better rider. :P
Why do I think my ACL is torn (maybe you can help me out since you have been diagnosed and would KNOW)?
Injured it in 2005 during lacrosse scrimmage at my high school... jumped in the air, caught the ball, landed (heard a loud POP) and turned at the same time, shot and made the goal before collapsing (okay not sure what order these events go in, but as I landed, I heard a loud POP in my knee and before I realized it I was on the ground clutching my knee in agony)..
Went home (people carried me off the field), my knee swelled to the size of a balloon.. Did not leave the couch for awhile, evertime I tried to.. (say go to the bathroom) I would end up collapsing if I put the tiniest bit of weight on the leg.
About a week later, I was still swollen, still collapsing.. Decided to go to a knee specialist. He took an X-RAY (Which is what enrages me now, after researching knee injuries, I specifically told him about collapsing on it and the loud POP I heard, and he X-RAYS it..), told me to go on crutches for 2 weeks and I would be fine. Went on crutches for 2 weeks.
First day back at practice, collapsed about 10 times before giving up. I wasn't even going hard, I was lightly jogging. Ended up sitting the bench the whole year and barely put weight on it when I practiced. Stopped playing after that.
Ever since, I've collapsed sooo many times on it just standing around. Once, at a party with friends (playing that game college kids play...) I collapsed standing completely still.. everyone laughed at me, while I was in tears, in pain on the floor crying "its my ACL!".. some friends I have. Several separate occasions, its collapsed in the mall standing online, if I switch legs and lean more on my bad leg than my good leg... it literally buckles and I fall. If I run down stairs, or jump down from something relatively high.. forget about it..
When it collapses it feels like something (a tendon, ligament?) is swishing back and forth over the back of my knee cap... then its severe pain for about 5 minutes or less (it varies), then the whole joint gets really sore and tight..
Also I've noticed, when I stand straight.. my bad knee is much further back than my good knee, like the hinge is broken and nothing stops it from hyperflexion.
It frequently gets stiff/sore/tight and bothers me.
I should probably get it checked out, but I'm so convinced that their either going to say its a minor case and just live with it (as I have been) or that I'll need surgery and I'd rather not.. LOL (I probably should though)
What do you think?
And sorry for rambling.. as for your problems, don't worry everyone gets sad and at least your only taking a 5/6 month long break.. I had a 3 year break (college) and its been really tough getting back into things! While on break, why not write some goals/plans for riding?