Day 129 post Shattered ankle surgery!! PAIN!!

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HELP, NOV 25/2018 I Fell 7 FT out of a tree landing straight onto my left ankle. Dislocated the ankle, Spiral fractured my tibia, SHATTERED Ankle bone, bottom of tib, fib and part of the talus. 2 Surgeries 20 days in hospital. 2 plates and unknown amout of screw were put in. I was non weight bearing for 7 weeks then xrays showed good healing so i was allowed to 25% weight bear a week until 100%. I've been doing pt since 5 weeks, 2wice a week and everyday on my own. I have been totally proactive in my recovery till now, the pain is taking over my positive brain!! Everyday I wake up thinking today is the day i will have no pain or limp. I was told the healing is long, slow and my fracture was a bad one. My ankle is starting to get purple on and off no matter if i exercise or not, pain wont let up either especially at night. I'M hoping to find people that have or are going through this.... Maybe it will help to know this is all normal. image

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    Hi

    i broke my ankle in two places which resulted in surgery plates and screws i can totally relate to all your saying as things were very similar for me. prior to accident i was pretty fit my job was a postie and i was walking 7 miles aday 6 days a week plus taking care of horses and dogs so my life all focused on activity . Im completley shocked on how life changing its been and how slow full recovery is im now 4.5 months and yes things have improved greatly however im still unable to return back to work , still doing Pt and have pain and lots of swelling when on my feet all day . Ive been told full recovery can take up to 12 months , staying up beat has been my biggest challenge and even now have some very low days your not alone if that helps . Good Luck

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      It' s nice to know i'm not alone! I WISH I would have found this sooner. Sounds like we are on the same time line 4 1/2 months. I too have no idea when I can get back to work as I can't get through a day at home on my feet. I'm a paramedic we do 12 hour shifts, I can't imagine carrying people on top of my own body weight. SAD.

      Is your ankle changing color? This is a new thing for me.

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    GOSH!! I am sorry about your situation , I can understand your frustration, I am in a similar boat it’s been over two years since I Shattered my ankle, i’m still not back at work I still have pain still have a heavy limp I still have the discolouration I’m still doing physiotherapy but they say time is a healer. my only advice really is to keep positive I know it’s hard but it’s important for you to focus on getting better and that things will get better it just takes time. This is a life changing injury and we must except that we will not do some of the things we did before we must learn to adapt and we must stay positive as best we can, this forum has been a blessing, keep sharing!

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      2 YEARS!!! That is truly awful!! How are your keeping positive!! GOOD JOB!!

      My surgeon did say that this is the worst lower leg injury you can have and it will take a year to year and 1/2 to be normal. But my bones healed so fast I thought i was lucky. Nope its the rest of the healing thats hard! UGH

      THANKS for responding.

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    OMG poor you, thanks for your post as im only 27 days into recovering from a shattered ankle which was the worst pain id ever known and progress forward is painstakenly slow and from what you say i can see its still only very early to looking at being back to normality. I was very worried about the constant numbness and pins and needles in my foot and toes but this seems to be normal for this injury, just curious are you a tree surgeon? All i did was fall off a high step but also broke my wrist, i hate being an invalid right now, but at least eventually will get back to some sort of normality, although im not sure i can return to my job where im on my feet for 12 plus hours a shift! My Dr has warned me that my injury was very nasty and id know about it for the rest of my life. I feel more than ever for those unfortunate to be permanent invalids or disabled as you dont appreciate your freedom of movement til its gone ! Good luck with your recovery. xxx

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      27 days, Your in the nasty pain part! Rest, right now for you is the best thing, it's hard! Pins and needles are a good thing, means the nerves are healing, I still having them. My big toe just started to work 2 weeks ago and its still numb. Im not a tree surgeon i was putting up christmas lights when i fell. Im a paramedic and also work 12 hours shifts. Everyday is different, how are you getting around?

      Good Luck you got this!!!

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      ah that explains the name, im a registered nurse doing 12.5 hr shifts on an acute medical ward which is always hectic so l dont know when im going to be fit to go back to work or if i will have to be redeployed.

      As i cant yet use crutches im using a wheelchair to get around downstairs as i cant get upstairs yet, having to sleep on the sofa for the last 2 weeks, spent 1 week in hospital post surgery in thailand on holiday, never break a bone there as my fractured dislocated ankle was manipulated and reduced in their ED with no sedation or adaquate painrelief, or even entonox which was the most horrific experience followed by 36 miserable hours in a flimsy boxsplint and complete lack of adequate painrelief in the hospital before they operated. Complete nightmare and then had to fly the 15 hours long haul flight home. its certainly put me off any more globe trotting any time soon! youre so right and im so happy i found this supportive site on here.

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      OMG!!! I cant even imagine! You would think everywhere would have proper pain relief. ENTOX is useless as you know from work.

      I bum scooted up my stairs for months cause i wanted to sleep in my bed lol. But you also have a wrist fracture... Awful.

      STAY STRONG!

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    Hi

    yes my ankle changes colour during the day it can be purple then red never excatly the same colour as the normal foot . This is a very frustrating injury .

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