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Thought I’d discuss my current situation. 46 yo male healthy and active broken medial/ lateral malleolus and displaced foot. Accident on Christmas morning walking home from work and fell on icy sidewalk. I’ve had other injuries in my life but this was by far the most painful experience in my life. Had surgery about 6 hours after entry to ER. 4.5 hour surgery with plates and pins, still not sure the numbers. Released from hospital same night. Once released was given, among other things, oxycodone for pain one every three hours. I do not like to take medication for anything and even less so pain medication. Well, I was taking the oxycodone once every three hours literally. I could only sleep about three or four hours at a time and I would wake because the pain was back so I’d take another and go back to sleep. I think I spent about three full days and nights like this. By day 4 post op I noticed the pain had diminished greatly and I stopped oxycodone and just used Tylenol as needed. Still, I was barely able to get out of bed even just to get to the bathroom. Post op Days 4-6 I felt less pain, but quite out of it and it seemed as if maybe the pain medication was still working it’s way out of my system. Day 7 much better and more active really felt like getting around more for the first time. Most of the pain I was having seemed to be from the cast itself and not the surgery or break. The cast was plaster on back with bandages to hold in place and it became extremely uncomfortable to the point where the only relief was taking it off and letting my leg lay on a pillow which was really kind of scary to me. Day 8 got a knee scooter and aircast on my own since the plaster cast was causing so much pain. Aircast is SO much better and knee scooter is great. Been doing as much exercise as possible, sit-ups leg lifts etc. and been doing since day 3. The biggest thing through all of this is the crushing depression that can creep up on you. Really bad. I feel horrible for being such a burden to my wife, not even being able to get my own food. Anyway, the depression is lifting the more I’m able to do on my own. Have first follow up in one week from today and expect to have stitches removed and not sure what else yet.
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