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Great forum. Has been a great help to me on this journey!
Now I am hopeful someone can help me deal with nerve pain!
I am 62 yrs old and fell in loose gravel 23/1 Right leg buckled under me and felt my ankle stretch and pins and needles go through it as it dislocated and broke tib, fib and medial malleoulus. Excruitiating pain waiting for ambulance and an hour trip to hospital. Dislocation put back in about 5 hours later but too much swelling meant I had to wait 6 days in hospital in backslab for the ORIF to be performed.
From the time of the injury until 7 days post op when I was discharged from hospital I was in uncontrolled severe pain. Despite large doses of opioids that I was forced to reduce because of the side effects I was still in constant pain. Having never broken a bone before I haven't known what pain was normal. While the bone pain has slowly resolved I realised that I am left now with nerve pain.
The rest of my recovery seems fairly routine. Cam boot from 2 weeks post op then gradual weight bearing from 6 weeks on crutches and am now weight bearing fully in the house and with 1 or 2 crutches outside.
Has as anyone else suffered this horrific relentless nerve pain? The whole of the top of my foot including my toes are numb, hot, tingly, and burning almost constantly and definitely worse at night.
I last saw my physiotherapist a few weeks ago as I was under medicating the nerve pain and it was stopping my progress. The physio told me that there is nothing I can do except take the nerve medication and wait. Nerves regenerate at the rate of an inch a month?? At that rate it won't resolve for another 6 months at least!
Can an anyone tell me if they have experienced pain like this and how they have dealt with it?
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