Ankle pain

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I am 40 years old. Back in 2010 I buckled my ankle and from then till now I have had 4 surgeries. I had ligament repair. Cartilage removed and then replaced and this last time had hardware taken out, a bone spur shaved as well as a fracture shaved down.

My issue is that my last surgery was 4 months ago and the doctor has pretty much given up for now and said that he believes I'm developing arthritis in the joint but that I would have to wait for 10 years or so before he could a fusion or replacement because of my age. Since it's an l and I case I don't argue but I am on pain daily and don't know what to do.

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    Wish I knew what to tell you,  ankle fusion is supposed to end all pain for about 10 years then arthritis can set in other joints in the foot.  I'm 69 so it may be an option for me in a year or so.  I'm 9 weeks post TKR and 5 weeks post prostate surgery.   Not ready for another surgery now
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    I have heard myotherapy helps a lot for pain and treatment for joints, and I'd be definitely seeking opinions of other specialists for options! Good luck
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    Are you pretty constant pain?  Is that the main problem?  If your doctor has 'pretty much given up' on you, maybe you should get a second opinion.  If you're in constant pain and if it is indeed from developing arthritis I don't know why your young age would be a factor to replacing it or doing a fusion.  I think I would definitely get a second opinion on this.  Ron
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    You need a specialist for another opinion. I am not a doctor but I have been told that the technology of ankle re-structuring has evolved significantly over the last few years. Northwestern and Rush in Chicago are pioneers as well as the Mayo Clinic.
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    I would go for a second opinion. I had a TAR 2-1/2 years ago and it didn't go well. The doctor pretty much gave up on me. It took me three more doctors, but now I found one that has been wonderful. I have lived in pain for the past three years but have hope now that it will be solved. Don't give up!

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    Thank you all for your responses. The pain is minor at the start of most days but continually gets worse the longer I am on it. Think I will see if I can get a 2nd opinion. Hopefully l and I will approve it

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    This is always the case with ankle injuries for a long time. Pain gets worse and swelling gets bad as the day wears on. You must ice twice a day and rest foot several times a day. Always get a second professional opinion if not happy with doctor. Ankle injuries are very serious. More than what most people think.
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