How much pain should I be feeling ?

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Hi,

I’m 7 weeks post op from ankle surgery, plates, screws and wires were inserted. I’m in my first week of weight bearing and am starting to feel pain around we’re the plate and screws are. Is this normal at this point in my recovery ? 

Thank you in advanced 

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    Everyone is different, I have two plates and 8 screws and I didn’t feel any pain. I was around 9-10 weeks before weight bearing. I would say take it slow listen to your doctor and don’t do anything that will cause any damage to your ankle. It takes time for the ankle to heal . I’m 4 mths since ankle major orif ankle surgery and I’m doing great . IT TAKES TIME 
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      Hi Christina,

      Following this discussion as hopefully I will be weight bearing in a couple of weeks. Let me know how you get on.

      Kenneth, sounds like you had a good recovery. If you have any tips for when I start weight bearing that would be great.

      Thanks

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      I really haven’t had much pain till last night during the night it was hurting quite a bit but this morning I’ve woken up and it’s back to normal 

      Good luck !!! 

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    Yes I had a great recovery, my advice to everyone I speak to is prayer first , listen to your doctors, physical therapy and push yourself when need to.... recovering from ankle surgery is tough but you can make it, don’t get down on yourself. I had a good support system from my wife and daughter which helped me a lot . 
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      Thank you, I'll give all of that a try and luckily my other half is very supportive too. He keeps joking that when I'm recovered he's going to sit and be waited on for a couple of weeks which will be well deserved!

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    It’s going to be painful but I say listen to your body! Give yourself the time you need. I wasn’t weight bearing for 18 weeks. I had 3 breaks, 1 plate and 6 screws. A drunk driver hit me.  9 months later I’m still in physical therapy and  have pain. My pain is from hardware, bone spur on big toe and tight tendons. My advice to you is to continue to elevate, ice when swollen and start off nice and easy!!! When you first start to weight bear just allow your foot to rest on the floor. No walking or real weight on it until dr says. Do not rush the healing process. I wish you a full recovery! 
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