Blood thinners/ aspirin for broken ankle blood clots?

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I am 5 weeks post op ORIF surgery. I am very curious to know if you were prescribed blood thinners or told to take aspirin daily to prevent blood clots? I was given an injection upon discharge in hospital and that was it, wondering if I should start taking an aspirin daily? 

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    I was given the injections too.. 3 weeks worth but I think the risk goes down after that. I take an aspirin anyways because I have Factor V Leiden, a blood clotting disorder, which is why they prescribed the injections. I would ask the surgeon what they think or your GP..


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    Me never. Just told to wiggle ties and get vertical

    Didn't even get injection. A lot of people on here have had them to take home. Check with Dr or Chemist re asprin.

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      I had a been be graft taken from hip, and a plate and 6 screws put in to hold my snapped fibula together. They gave me nothing. Like you I was anxious about clots, it just motivated me to wiggle my toes to help keep blood circulating , even tho it hurt like hell. I spent 4 months with a snapped dislocated fibula, than never healed with plaster cast.

      Youre right to be anxious. I'd speak to Dr. No one I know of has had injections or aspirin at my hospital. I'll be asking next time. It's hard enough having an injury, let alone all the other nightmares that hitchhike onto the journey. All the best!


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      Yes all the aches and pains make me nervous nowsad

      Did you have muscle aches? Especially the thighs and even on broken ankle side? I think it's from the heavy boot and me lifting my legs so much trying to keep active and yes I wiggle my toes alot

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      You're doing well. You need a hobby to distract you. I took up Ukulele and spent hours colouring in an adults colouring book.

      Yes it hurts. My hip where they took the bone was very tender.. If you have ANY doubts, go to Dr or Hospital. Everyone heals differently. My husband snapped his Scaphoid 3 weeks after me, back in Nov 2015. Mine was October. We've both had complications and medical misadventure, but our story is rare. You should be up and about in no time. I'll send you a message telling of a book that helped me.

      Have you got a physio lined up?

      You joined the club you never asked to join. Take a deep breath. It'll be a journey you'll never forget, but you'll get to the other side

      We've just had huge earthquakes. I've been through them before, but we moved, and they Jeep a coming, lol. I have a stair lift now.

      Hey, have you got a knee scooter? I found using one, a godsend. It really helped. Used it on and off for months. Mist people need one for a couple of months. Worth a try.

      Distraction for you..


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      Thx for the reassurance, I don't have physio lined up yet. Hoping next week as this is my 6 week check up and I am hoping for good news and told I can PWB! I do have a knee scooter and I love it 

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      You're doing well Pam. You lively comments and success story give me happiness. I sore a lady get her cast off after 6 weeks, walk down to x-ray in a Moonboot and walk out. When I got over feeling sorry for myself, I realised that it was how it was supposed to go. And I was happy for her. The mistakes that led to my slowness of recovery are

      1. Ambulance said it wasn't broken

      2. I fell over that night dropping unconscious to ground dislodging it more and getting carpet burn on my face.

      3. There was no Dr when I got my X-ray 3 days later. Had to wait 10 days. So it was too mushed up to heal. They had me pwb close to full 3 months later, but I had 100% non Union MRI confirmed.

      4. They waited another month for op. Then other leg with a bakers cyst became so swollen I couldn't bend it or weight bare.

      5. I fell over 5 months ago, and burst bakers cyst , as leg gave way. Sprained broken ankle at same time.

      I thought yet...

      6. 3 leeks later at emergency dept after 3 weeks of agony, they found a torn muscle.

      7. Still not better, Lawyer got an MRI done, and Specialist confirmed a badly torn meniscus cartlidge in knee.

      Insurance fighting me. Can't bend left knee, and broken one, tho healed, is reacting and rejecting plate. Can't weight bare for more than 10 seconds. Can walk, albeit slow, as I'm not standing still. Bone too soft to take out.

      GP the other sat said I've had such a journey, by the time I'm done with cartludge off, ill have one leg seriously longer than the other and need built up shoe on that side. 56 going on 80.

      Yikes, the way things are going I'll insist in blood thinners if they do both legs at once.

      But I am Happy. People are worse off, and like I said, I take pleasure in good stories like yours.

      I'm past crying, and just get on with it. I'll get there. Plenty of things to keep me distracted.

      Hospital might arrange Physio for you.

      Funny, that saying there's a change in the weather, I can feel it in my bones. I can tell from pain when its going to rain lol.

      Make sure you take your pain meds when directed. Expect broken foot tobswell and turn reddy purple. It will pass. Mine normal colour, but still swells, with my wide running shoes. No pain with swelling.


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      Hey tituscanby

      You are such a wonderful person i can tell..You have given me great advice before thank u so much and gesssh u beem throught alot push through things will get better

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      Oh my gosh! Your one strong person! And to still have a positive attitude and outlook, good for you 😊??


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