Broken ankle venting!!

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It's now been 1 month since I fractured and dislocated my left ankle. 1 month of pain,surgery,2 splints and now a cast. I've been active and into sports my whole life and have had my share of injuries including 2 ACL tears and a few ankle sprains but this latest injury has been the toughest one so far. I'm constantly bored. I work as a personal trainer at a gym but obviously can't do that right now. I constantly have to elevate my foot and still have considerable pain if I don't. I got hurt playing in a local volleyball league trying to make a play at the net. Today I went back to the same court where I got hurt at and watched my team play. As I sat there watching the game I just kept thinking about the injury and everything I felt that day. I'm trying to stay positive and take it one day at a time but some days are better than others.

On another note. I do love how when I'm out in public random people stop by and ask what happened and how I'm doing. People also share stories of times that they got hurt. It's reassuring to know you're not the only one this has happened too lol. Although I do find it funny when people ask if it hurt? Lol

Anyway I just felt bored and frustrated and had to vent. Thanks for reading.

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    I share your pain, I really do! I've just had an ankle fusion after 7 ankle ops. I'm used to working full time in an active job...on my feet all day, looking after my little ones and long walks with our dogs.

    I'm trying to be as relaxed as possible about the not doing much thing. It's hard when I look out of the window and see my car sat in the drive and my dog looking at me as if to say 'we going for a walk then hooman'.

    I'm so used to being independent and relying and asking other for help is a pain but if that's what I've got to do then fair enough!

    I'm watching that many box sets and surfing the web it's unreal, have faith though it will get better slowly but surely. Let us know how you get on. Xx

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      Hey thanks for the reply! I couldn't imagine having 7 ankle surgeries. I'm having enough trouble with one. I'm like you I'm very used to being independent and active so that's the hardest part for me. I'm getting better at things overall I just had a bad day yesterday. Thanks for the reply and hope your ankle gets better.

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      Yeah it's been an interesting 12yrs, I'm lucky as work and my family and friends have been so great. Saying that it doesn't help with the helpless feelings but we will all get there in our own time. Happy healing to you. Xx

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    I hear you. I am three weeks out post surgery and StIr crazy. I'm getting out next Saturday to go eat. Can't wait! Lol! This sucks!

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      I think I was past stir crazy 2 weeks ago lol. I've gone out to a few places with the help of my girlfriend and don't try to be up on the crutches to much. I feel like I can be up crutching for 5 minutes before I start to feel pain. I guess that's progress because 1 week post surgery I was in pain just trying to get to the bathroom.What type of fracture/surgery did you have? Hope your ankle is healing well and you make a full recovery!

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      I dislocated and broke my ankle in all three places and had the open whatever surgery and have a plate and a lot of screws. Lol. I got out yesterday. I did better than I thought . I did ice . I still worry about work here in three weeks ! Glad you've gotten out!

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      I too broke my ankle in 3 places along with a dislocation and had the ORIF surgery. I had a plate and 10 screws inserted to my leg. I'm also looking forward to going back to work in a few weeks. I can't do any personal training but I can at least run the front desk. I'll find out in 2 weeks when I go back for a follow up. Glad you were able to get out. I feel like that's a huge part of the recovery process because you maintain a sense of normalcy while your injury heals.

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    Two years and still walking with a walker I feel your pain. Five surgeries here ankle fussion and getting a little stronger every day it will get better for you it takes time. At 65 it is taking longer than I thought but I now am seeing improvement. Just remember that there is always someone else with more difficulty than us and they too survive.
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    Hello, I'm with you! Sorry to hear you're still in pain, it will get easier soon.

    It's been 5 weeks since my break and it's been the toughest test of my life. I'm 30, normally active with a busy social life so spending day after day on the couch watching tv has been hard. I live on my own and although my friends and family pop in to see me the last thing I want is to become a burden on them! I've cried with frustration too many times to count.

    One thing I keep reminding myself I'd that this is just a temporary thing, I only have 2 weeks left in a cast and then hopefully I'll be able to drive, get back to work and get my independence back!

    Stay positive 😊

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      Hey Tara sorry to hear about your injury. I'm fortunate to have my girlfriend with me to help me out with things so I can only imagine how tough it would be to deal with this injury on your own. And you're right it's only temporary albeit a long temporary lol. I'm already in a cast and 1 month post injury and 3 weeks since surgery and everyday is a day closer to recovery. So I'm trying to be positive but I'm so used to being active and I miss playing sports. The best news I got was when my doctor told me I'll make a full recovery and be able to return to sports in 8-12 months. I just have to be patient. Thanks for your reply.

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      Hi Dion I'm 7 weeks since I broke my ankle 5 weeks today since surgery I've had a boot on for a week and still got another 7 weeks non weight bearing it's been the hardest 7 weeks in my life I've got a brilliant family behind me but still cry to myself of a night with the thought of being a burden and I've slept on sofa since it happened due to being scared of going up stairs at least I can get about easier downstairs I use a wheelchair due to a few falls on my crutches

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      It is hard and I feel like I've been a burden to my girlfriend who helps me out with a lot. I've been in a cast since last Monday and still have 9 more weeks non weight bearing as well as another surgery to take out one of my screws. It's been a long process and still a long way to go but I try to stay positive. Some days are better than others but it's like my girlfriend told me I have to remember that I had such a major injury/surgery and my body is still adapting to it. That's easier said than done lol. Best wishes to you and your ankle and hope you make a full recovery.

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    I am in the same boat, I fell 1 month ago and broke both ankles, had surgery on one side a little over 2 weeks ago, I am in 2 boots, was told don't walk at all on either side, but had to use left side in boot to go to rest room, transition etc.  I am not in much pain, but extremely bored, and can barely take it at times, I am in Las Vegas, it is an extra hot summer this year many days 110 or more, so stuck inside with curtains drawn, I have cabin fever.  I might have 2-4 weeks left, not sure, but even 2 weeks sounds to long.  I am trying to take it minute to minute, I feel like I am in prison.

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      I'm starting to think I don't have it so bad after reading other people's stories lol. At least I only broke 1 ankle. As bad of a break as it was I couldn't fathom having both ankles broken. I've been more mobile the past couple days because like you I was tired of being in the house. I've gone out to eat,went to my teams volleyball game,and even went to the gym the past couple days. Pain level is up and down but it does feel swollen and tight if I'm up too much. Hope your ankles heal well and you make a full recovery.

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