@Nosh, I must say you obviously have tried more than your fair share of pain.
@Diva, I am pleased to know it usually was fixed in a week or two. But "several times"?
Of course I should have been cured in a couple of weeks. However, you can shoot yourself (or your employees) in the foot, and sometimes bad luck just comes bundled! There was no phone or transport vehicle (the bus only went during rush-hours), so I simply had to WALK more than 2 miles to 1'st train station > 2'nd train to the central station > change to bus heading home. All this in great and growing pains > I still cannot remember the last half hour. Almost at home, rejected by hospital (on neighbour's phone): "we don't trust you; why didn't you phone from the station?", and I didn't know why! Then my local doctor was not available > replacement doctor says "You've made it this far, it can't be too serious. Anyway, I don't know you, you must come here!". At this stage I was crawling, and it was too late for a "normal" recovery process. Normally I am able to whine or shout, but I was apathetic so I didn't. Instead I shot yet another hole in my foot, so to speak.
Furthermore, they didn't discover until several years later that my legs were of uneven lengths
- but that's another and quite positive story!