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I fell down a flight of stairs at my friends house and broke my wrist just under 2 weeks ago. I went to A&E and had my wrist manipulated into place under sedation and a fiberglass cast applied. The next day I had surgery and 2 k-wires inserted and had a plaster cast.
The first night in hospital, I woke up around 3am feeling really stuffy in the room, I then proceeded to have some shortness of breath and the shakes. I noticed my cast felt very snug on my arm but thought maybe the shock of the break was only just hitting me. I'd been at a friends house so I was in a hospital 2 hours away from home. I ended up sitting awake for a few hours trying to deep breath and calm myself before calling my mum at 5am and getting another hours sleep.
Once I had surgery and the plaster cast fitted, even though it was the size of a baby elephants leg, I never had any problems. The plaster was only half way round my arm so I could feel the underneath of my forearm through the padding.
Cut to now and I had my cast changed yesterday as the plaster one was loose. I've been fitted with another fiberglass one and while it was initially a welcome change because of the lightness, last night I experienced the exact same feelings as my first night in hospital which I now realise is panic attacks from some sort of cast claustrophobia. In the night the cast becomes ever so slightly tighter which must trigger it off.
Has anyone else experienced this? I know the techniques for calming the attacks which allow for broken sleep but Is it possible that I could get my cast chaged back to the plaster? Can a small window be cut in the fiberglass (by the hospital) to allow skin contact?
Honestly, how this cast is making me feel is worse than the actual injury! I dont think I can bear it for 4 weeks, especially as I know the plaster cast totally illiminated this feeling :-(
Any advice would be appreciated, or if you'd just like to moan/vent along with me, come join the party!
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