Mysterious ankle pain for over a year and a half with no diagnosis.

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In late January 2015 I was on the swim team.One day I hurt my ankle and it was very swollen. It was purple as well. For a week my parents and I gave it time to heal. But I went to the doctors and was diagnosed with a sever sprain. 

I got put in an short velcro lace up boot for a week. After the week it looked better but still hurt. I thought it would go away and did not want to go to the doctors. I thought that it was nothing because of the doctor. 

8 months later in August I still had bad ankle pain. My dad and mom talked and dad took me to the doctors. I had my first MRI. It showed that I had swelling in two of my tendons and a pulled muscle. 

I got in a heavy duty velcro tall ankle boot for 6 weeks. After that I wore a lace up ankle brace and had physical thearpy. It still hurt but at that point I was tired of doctors. 

It stopped hurting severly and so I just went through life because I already lost a lot of my kid stuff and being 14 and over weight I could not keep my weight down still in pain. 

Revently I went back to my doctor again in sever pain. He gave me a shot of quarter zone and took blood to rule out any genetic issues. 

I went back a few weeks later still in pain surprising him telling that the shot did not help. Nothing showed up in the blood tests. My doctor was at a dead end. So I was scheduled for another MRI. 

That MRI showed that I have one bone in my ankle longer and one shorter but it is not causing me pain because luckily it is not connected but it could be a feature problem.

My doctor told me that he had no idea what was wrong. I am schelduled for a appointment with a orthopedic ankle doctor the 15th of June. I was finally given 800 millagrams of IBprophine to help with the pain but it does not work great. 

I am hoping for answers on the 15th. I am 14 and can't even jump on a trampoline or walk up stairs without stpoing or needing support. I could really use some advice or thoughts. 

Please give me some advice, encourage, thoughts, or ideas of what it is. I could really use it at this point. 

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    Oh dear. Sounds like you have tried a lot of things. Don't give up, number 1.

    I have a broken plated fibula , 8 months since I broke it. 4 months since bone graft.

    Bakers cyst behind knee on other leg.

    Sounds like you have some significant soft tissue damage.

    Keep going back til you get answers.

    Have you heard of R.I.C.E?

    Rest- keep off foot as much as possible. No trampoline. Give it a chance to heal. Maybe crutches best. Partial weight baring

    Ice- 10-15 minutes every hour a few times a day

    Compression ( bandage tube) wear all day while you are up for support

    Elevation - put foot above heart. Up on pillows.

    Soft tissue damage can take a long time.

    If you are not very mobile, like me, you will gain weight. Don't worry, it won't last. Once it is sorted you will gradually slim down. When we aren't active our metabolism slows down we don't burn as many calories. Try to eat healthy. Plenty of fruit veges and lean meat.

    Get yourself a hobby when resting.ps4, music, reading??

    Try to keep positive.

    Maybe bone size stopping healing.

    Give it ago, and keep seeking answers.

    These things are sent to try us.

    @(*+*)@

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      Thank you. Yes I try rice everday and I try to move around alot but it is not easy with my foot. I ggot made fun of at school and I have to wear a brace. I will keep you posted on what I get told. 
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    Hi it definitely sounds like you have soft tissue damage. I am happy you are going to a orthopaedic surgeon. What I would do until you have seen the doctor, is keep weight off your leg. Use crutches when you walk putting slight weight on the bad leg, it is basically just touching the floor with your foot, and most of the weigh on your crutches. Try to rest with the leg elevated to help with swelling. Don't do much until you have seen the specialist. Hope your recovery is fast from here on. Keep us posted on the results of the Dr.
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      I will. I use crutches alot but it is hard with someone my size to use them but I do as much as possible. Tonight I have rely for life and I have to walk so I am debating on useing my crutches or not. Thank you for your support
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      Hi remember this when others make fun of you. " Sticks and stones may brake my bones, but names will never harm me." Ignore them and walk away. It is for your recovery, don't try to be brave and hurt yourself further, it is only for your own good.
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      thank you for your support and I will stop being stubborn and accept I need help till I am better. 
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    Get a knee scooter. Bullying is done by low life losers. All my kids have been bullied. These lowlife losers usually have lowlife parents doing the same. Go to school counseling service or another if you have too. You need support in more ways than one. I notice you have been given some good advice on hear , same people who helped me.

    Thinking of you.

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      Thank you for the advice. I will take it. I can't get a knee scooter till I go to the doctor and get answers
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      Hi how are you doing today. I hope you feeling more positive. I also wanted to know what type of crutches you are using? Hopefully it is forearm crutches and not the regular ones. The forearm crutches are much easier to use. As you progress with your recovery you will be able to use just one as a cane until you don't need them anymore. Keep well and keep in touch.
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      I am using regular crutches because that is all we have so I can use those .I just hope I get answers because today my foot is swollen and sore. 
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      Lay down as much as possible, with your leg elevated. If you can put on a ice pack for about 10 minutes. If you don't have a ice pack you can use a pack of frozen peas or similar. Don't put weight on it until you have seen a specialist.
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