Anxiety followed by depression

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I suffered a triple fracture two months ago that required two operations. The hospital experience was pretty bad and I had off the wall anxiety for the first month. That started to improve but then the depression came in. My partner has found it really difficult to deal with, which is understandable but making it even more difficult. My ankle is slowly improving but I feel very confused and worried about the future. Anyone else out there experiencing similar?

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    Youre not alone Michelle. i had three fracture in aug too. im 80 % better and walk normal. going down the stairs is little challenge but otherwise all ok. I have a clinical depression and was avoiding as much as i could exercising and eating healthy and sleeping before i broke my ankle. Something bad happened in sept and my depression kicked in. My partner is supportive but we often get into fights now and its not the same anymore. im thinking of going back to gym from next week. probably itll help. Dont expect things get better another couple months, it will swell and its depressing that you cannot do what you used to. But things will be way better after that. Try to eliminate negative thoughts as much as you could. it helps me to feel little better. Hang in there!

    xo

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      Thanks Betsy,

      Its been very tough, thats for sure. I know negative thoughts won't help the healing but like you, I suffered from depression before this, so the double whammy is proving tricky. Just scared it will also be the end of my relationship! Mad how quickly life can change!

      Good luck

      x

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    i too have started feeling depressed . i fractured my ankle 3months ago in three places needing extensive metal work. l think the thought of the long recovery process and being stuck in has a lot to do with it. im actually scared to go out alone which is something thats never bothered me before. from what lve read on this site we are not alone. these symptoms are not uncommon. hopefully as we recover we will be more ourselves again x

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      Hi Julie,

      Madly this was not my first injury. i fell into the road two years ago and a car went over my arm breaking my elbow. Weirdly this latest injury is probably the one I should have had then as that one healed pretty quickly with minimal long term physical impact. I'm feeling it on my crutches now though!

      The reason I'm telling you that though is because at the time it did have an emotional impact and i too was scared to go out for a walk for a while. But that did eventually pass . However after two freak accidents from just going for a walk I'm pretty spooked again!

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    .OMG yes Michelle. I would go into depression too and it wasn't the kind like wawawa I injured myself. I never imagined the road to recovery for a broken ankle would be so difficult. People get thru heart surgery quicker. shhheeeeeesh.I was going thru anxiety attacks going to PT. I couldnt stand the fact I couldn't do something they wanted me to do. I would break out in a sweat and have to ask for ice towels for my neck. I'm sorry to hear your partner is having difficulty dealing with it, Support from spouse/partner means a lot. I was very lucky my husband stepped up to the plate and took over. I'm not saying we didn't have a few trying moments. I would get very frustrated and start hollering and he would get frustrated too. It does put a big strain especailly having to be so dependent on some one. I have to say this site helps alot....it's helpful to know most of us have gone through the same thing...so it's considered normal recovery, Good luck

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    I broke my ankle in July and it wasn't as bad as yours. I had surgery with one plate and screws put in. I was off my feet for probably 3 months and then slowly getting back into walking and physical therapy. There is a depression that comes with this. it doesn't seem like the doctors talk about it but from this site here I learned that there were many people that were experiencing the same feelings I was. just to let you know I am walking and back at work which is standing 8 hours day on the weekend in a hotel. Still have some pain and swelling but I'm driving and starting to live a normal life again. I know it seems like it's never going to end and I felt that way myself but it does and there is light at the end of the I know it seems like it's never going to end and I felt that way myself but it does and there is light at the end of the tunnel. just try to tell yourself that it is going to get better because I can tell you it really will it just seems like it because I can tell you it really will it just seems like it because I can tell you it really will it just seems like it takes forever. Good luck to you and keep us posted

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    sorry for the repeat I usually speak these messages because my typing is very slow and for some reason it seems to double up on what I say but I do wish you the best and please keep us posted it really will get better

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    I had a similar experience almost 7 months ago .when one operation turned into 3 .Its hard as I acquired an infection the week my bandages were removed.the infection was not taken care of for weeks .I had home Iv theropy for 6 weeks ,had drainage tubes in my arm and on my ankle. Iam still having alot of pain and swelling.so I do understand the depression. it is very normal, although most of mine is anger, as I shouldnt of had to experience all the additional trauma .had my infection been taken care of properly. however my husband and daughter have been amazing.I do apologize for making this about me. although family support is a big thing also PT, and trying to do something normal for yourself

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      Snick I'm so, so sorry to hear your experience has been so bad. It certainly is trauma. I has a 3.5 hour wait for an ambulance and a botched operation followed by a wound that would not heal because of bad stitching so I empathise with your anger. I actually think I've got PTSD

      Wishing you a gentler recovery now

      x

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    Ive had good and bad days during my recovery from a broken ankle ..it almost been 2 months..hopefully I will be able to bear weight on my foot after my appt next week..worst of it is its winter and very cold so getting out is also an issue..I took up a new craft which helps...fighting how you feel makes it worse..talking about it helps..I keep telling myself it is temporary and yes there is a end in sight even though it hard to see at the moment

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    Its very normal for depression set in after an injury where you lose ability to walk and robs you of your independence

    Doctors dont tell you about the possibility of anxiety and depression but after visiting this site i found many suffering from depression

    My injury was in July and I am over worse part and back to just about everything I did before my injury

    It does get better Just takes time

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    It's been almost 6 months for me and I think I'm moving along on or before schedule. I recently fractured 2 ribs and don't know how I did it. I had aggressive radiation on those ribs for cancer so I guess they were weakened and it didn't take much. Sooo I'm not totally recovered from my ankle and here I go now with another painful long recovery GRRRRRRR,

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