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HI all. I am so happy to have located this forum. I'm in pain, keep fighting off negative thoughts about how long until I can walk again and generally am bored out of my mind laying on a couch not moving. I live by myself and while I have a bunch of friends and family that have been supportive and helpful, even taking shifts, it's still hard looking forward to how much more time I have to lay here alone.
I'm nearly 3 weeks post injury I fractured my fibia just above my ankle into 4 pieces. A bit over 1 week post surgery. I rolled my ankle and torqued the bone. It wasn't a simple fix and required 9 screws and a plate.
I had my post up check-up yesterday where they took the splint and bandages off. Things looked pretty good. Healing is starting. Docs want me to keep up the elevation and not move. Obviusly I'm still not weight bearing for a few more weeks. While elevated I am just in a pair of ace bandages and ice packs. They even want me to peel off everything two or three times a day to let the wound get air. Meanwhile anytime I move I have to put on an aircast boot and I thankfully have a knee walker (best thing ever!) instead of crutches. They also want me to start moving my foot upside down but not side to side and absolutely no rotation.
So, to get to my problems.... I am having an unbearable time sleeping. After this check-up yedoc said I could sleep without the boot (but could use it if I wanted.) I returned home and tried to take a nap. As soon as I fell asleep my leg muscle spasmed and flexed my ankle sideways. OMG. Searing pain. My foot was swollen again by evening, as well. (It was looking REALLY good at the doc appt.) Fast forward to bed. Put my foot in the boot, went to sleep. Again my muslces spasmed as I fell asleep which woke me up, but at least my ankle didn't hurt - yay! But at 3:30am my toes flinched and again searing jolt of pain went from my toe, down through my foot and up through my ankle. It was awful, felt just like a muscle cramp for more than an hour. Anything that you would normally do to relieve a muscle cramp is exactly the opposite of what I can do for the ankle injury. I was in misery for over an hour and also at this point scared to go back to sleep.
There hasn't been but one night since the injury that I've gotten a 6 hour sleep. Generally it's more like 4. It's really wearing on my boyfriend who's been trying to stay and help me at night.
What can you do for these muscle spasms/cramps? Is it just part of the healing process? How long do they last? Would muscle relaxers work?
TLDR: I can't sleep - I'm having a lot of searing pain due to muscle spasms and/or muscle cramps. Help.
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