Did anyone have problems with getting hot, sweaty, and short of breath as you begin to move about ag

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I am 3 weeks Post ORIF. Last week my surgeon put me in a hard cast and prescribed a knee walker!. Prior to that I mainly used a wheelchair. Yeah, Now I can get around much better. However, If I exert my self much (cooking, laundry, etc... I get hot, start sweating, and short of breath. I'm 55 years old. No BP,  or heart problems. I have always be active. Is this possibly related to the recent surgery?

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    I was exactly the same, I used to get breathless , and prior to my injury end of last Sept, was physically fit. I always managed to drop something whilst I was using crutches, and became very annoyed with myself. I am the same age as yourself and still manage to do the same job I did prior to my injury, just not as quick as I used to be, and get tired more easily. I am great full that I am now mobile, can drive, and returned to work after just over 3 months and still manage 60 hours a week.

    It is a long journey but things will get better, just try to be patient and don't overdo anything, take your time, allow at least twice as much time as pre op

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      Thanks. For the last 4 years I've been struggling with foot and ankle problems. I have VERY flat pronated feet. Prior to this injury I struggled with severe plantar facitis that took about 3 years that heal with the help of a sports med PT. Then 2 years ago I missed a step going to work one morning and sprained both my ankles ( the right was a severe sprain) and back to PT for several month to build strength in core and hips to hep my ankles.  I was actually running to the car in the rain thinking about how much stronger my legs and feet were to let me run again - this was a few hours before BOOM I fractured my Left ankle.  I'm doing EVERTHING my surgeon is telling me so that I can get back to work and move forward. I know this will be a long process. I love to dance and my job requires me to be on my feet and moving constantly all day. I worry how much trouble I'm going to gave when I go t work and if I'll be able to dance again. I read the other posts and get pretty scared. It sounds like the pain and swelling is bad and my surgeon has already told me I will have arthritis. I thought to myself " well I thought everybody got arthritis so does this mean my will be debilitating."  I've had no pain or swelling since the surgery. So does the pain and swelling come when you start weight bearing? If so I'm glad I saved all my pain meds! I am in a hard cast and NWB. I am not sure when he will let me start weight bearing or PT

       

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    I'm 1 week post ORIF and about 2 1/2 weeks post injury. I've been using the knee scooter since the third day after the injury. I always find that I get warm after I use the knee scooter, and I sometimes feel short of breath. I'm 35 and healthy.

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      Really. I gues it doee work your muscles. It was so unusual to me. I had my break on July 20. The knee scooter is great for me. My problem is getting in and of the house becasue we have 4 or 5 steps down at each door. Going down is not bad but getting up is a Booger.
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    Just 3 weeks off your feet makes you so tired. I tihnk this is normal. When you have had a flu for a week, haven't you felt so tired when you finally get well? And getting around week 3 is still totally exhausting! I'm 56 and was reallly tired getting around in week 3, even though I felt I was in great shape before the accident. 

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      Thank you it is making sense now.. This is the first surgery I've ever had. I was expecting some pain, swelling, maybe some nausea. But Ive had none of those. I just didn't think about my energy.level etc. It helps to know other people experience this as well. 

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