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Hello my name is Taisha and I am in post op care stage from an Ankle Fusion with bone graft on my tibia. Its been 2 weeks and i have to say is very painful. I develope arthritis from an old injury. I broke my left ankle in 4 places 12 years ago. of course I had surgery the same day of my accident i had 13 screws and 2 plates placed on my ankle and several years later had them removed. Its been 12 years since my accident I knew I had developed arthritis on my ankle which it was from the trauma. I did cortisone shots for 3 years which it helped very much. I went for a cortisone shot back in april 2016 when my Dr said it will be my last one my ankle has been getting worse and the shots wont work at that point we should consider other treatment (SURGERY). I knew it was going to get to this point but i was NOT ready for this procedure yet. I am 35 yrs old have 3 children to care for and my hobbie and pasion is dancing. So i decided to hold off on surgery because i refused to have it done in the summer and cancel all the plans ahead. The cortisone shot i had done in april 2016 actually made the pain worse. now i was wearing a brace a week after that shot the pain was very bad i saw my Dr. And he kept telling me the only option at this point was surgery. At that visit he placed me on a walking boot. So the days that i was in alot of pain i will wear the boot, every time i walked long distances i would wear the boot if it was a night that i was going dancing or to perform i would wear my boot. This helped me alot to get by the summer. I had my surgery done left ankle fusion with bone graft on my tibia. OMG this is very very painful i had a nerve block put in it helped with the pain in the ankle for a day but the pain from the bone graft it did not help at all. The graft was right below my left knee. The nerve block worked for a day after that its been nothing but extremely painful. I went for my 10 day post op visit Dr said everything looks great and is healing well. My ankle looks horrible!! I had a hard cast put on and I feel is to thight around my ankle. I now my foot is swollen and it will be for a while. But i feel that presure around my ankle from the cast. Is that a normal thing to feel? Its very uncomfotable feeling and that is whats cousing the pain. Anyone that is or has been through this procedure and recovery? Any thing i should do to help make my recovery easier? Plaese help
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