3 days after lateral ankle ligament surgery - in incredible pain.

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I recently had lateral ankle ligament surgery after badly rupturing my ankle ligaments last October. Although I only had the surgery 3 days ago, I am experiencing constant pain under the cast and a large constant throbbing pain where the surgery was undertaken. I obviously expected to be in pain and discomfort but this is to the point where I am always wincing and unable to sleep.

Has anyone had this surgery in the past/anything similar with this amount of pain? Painkillers don't seem to be touching the sides. I am also in a 'back slap' cast.


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    And you're not in hospital? I haven't had that surgery, but I have had a bone graft for a snapped, displaced Fibula.

    Have you got it elevated above your heart?

    I had panadol, ibuprofen, and codeine post surgery prescribed. It you are so much agony I think you need to go back to hospital asap to get a check up and a medication review.

    It is very painful have an injury and having surgery. With a back slab you can't ice it.

    I hope you can get back to get help.


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      Thank you for you reply.

      They released me the afternoon after my surgery. I am only one paracetamol and codeine. sad just very sore and it won't ease off atall.

      If the pain continues to occur / get worse I think I'll have to give in and go to the hospital.

      Thank you!

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      It's not giving in, it's getting answers and help. I stayed in 2 nights because I had stitches in hip and legs, and because my husband had a broken hand and had just had surgery himself and couldn't help me.

      Sleeping may be difficult for weeks. Codeine constipated. Laxatives annoying.

      Better to be safe than sorry. Every time I had a gut feeling I was right. Leg sweated so bad, the wadding they put on stuck to my leg. Couldn't wiggle my toes as they had told me to prevent blood clots. I had a plaster of Paris cast. Went red from post op leakage of blood, so surgeon stuck green fibreglass on top of huge blood areas.

      Had to go back to hospital asap, and get new cast after a week, then new cast a week later after stitches came out.

      If in doubt, get help.


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    You should call the is os and let them know your pain . I was on Percocet for mine.im 8 weeks post op now and slowly walking in aircast. Elevate as well and try icing with z towel. I stayed on Percocet for 5 days then Tylenol and ibuprofen . Most of my pain after was from the nerves. But I didn't have screws just tight rope and anchors. Good luck.

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    Well I am very sorry you are having so much pain, I think if it were me I would go to the ER and have it checked out or back to your doctor.

    I had a ankle replacement on April 15 after having broken my ankle in 2 places about 11 years ago.  Lots of screws and pens on that surgery.  Got along good for about 10 years then started experiencing pain which my doctor said needed a ankle replacement because it was bone on bone just like a knee or hip.  As I said had the surgery in April and I have not had a bit of pain even after surgery.  I choose a doctor that had been doing this for several several years and felt very comfortable that he knew what he was doing.  He did a "nerve cath" on me and basically what it did was num my foot to where I had no feeling in it for about 10 days so I couldn't feel any pain.  I bet I didn't take more than 3-4 pain pills after I came home from the hospital.  I am about 16 weeks from my surgery, am walking fine no pain some swelling.

    I truly feel the doctor and my recovery time which was about five weeks of staying home from work is part of the key.

    But if it were me I would not lay in pain, please get it checked out, could be your cast is too tight or just something like that.  Please let me know how you are doing.  I don't know what at "backslap" cast is.         

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