Chronic ankle pain

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Hi,I like most people on this forum suffer from severe pain from ankle replacement surgery or ankle fusion.

I had my first replacement in late 2014 and have been suffering ever since, I've taken high doses of tramadol and currently on morphine tablets and morphine liquid daily to try and ease the pain somewhat.

I was wondering if anybody has any tips to ease the pain naturally (examples like heat or spa bath ect) anything that you find works. I am desperate folks !! Thanks in advance Wayne (Liverpool uk)

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    Dear Wayne

    I expect you are already elevating your ankle above your heart and icing it.



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      Hi Richard, yes been doing that now for couple of years, I've also had help from the Walton Centre here in Liverpool, but no matter what I try or use nothing seems to ease the pain. I think I'm immune now to the morphine aswell. I'm just fishing for ideas really richard. Thanks for replying. Wayne

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      Dear Wayne

      Sorry that this does not work for you. I re-read your original posting but you do not say what prosthesis was used or how many ankle replacements your surgeon had carried out but something obviously is not right.

      If you are more comfortable going off list by phone or email please message me. I've been on an ankle replacement list for many years with experienced people and may be able to suggest something.

      Cheers Richard

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    Hi Wayne,

    Sorry to hear of your struggle with pain after ankle replacement surgery. I have read a lot of posts here about fusion and similar types of ankle surgery, many are sad tales of ongoing problems with pain and dysfunction.

    Did your doctor mention the possibility of unremitting pain as an outcome in your pre-surgery consultation? If it were me in this situation I would sit down with my doc and have a very frank discussion about the pain-- is it a possibly expected outcome of your surgery, did something go awry in surgery, or what else could be the cause?

    I understand your uneasiness about requiring the powerful narcotics to manage pain. Here in US there is growing public awareness about an opioid crisis (including prescription drug abuse) and I think steps are being taken to address it.

    I couldn't give you advice on effective non-narco options with regard to chronic severe pain, but I am hoping other forum participants will respond with their experiences and successes. I do know there are a lot of alternative non-drug pain treatment options out there (Internet search) that you might want to look into.

    I wish you all the best.


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