PAIN!!! Broken, tibia, fibula and talus.

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I had my ankle surgery yesterday. I had plates, screws and a rod put in. OMG how long should I expect to be in this soul sucking pain?

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    So sorry you're going through this. I had this surgery in November '16.  Please know it'll be long but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Lots of elevation, ice for one thing. PATIENCE. Something I've never been good at. 😂 but I got through it all. My faith helped, and letting people help me.  The knee scooter was a Godsend! 

    This forum helped tremendously & PT. 

    GOOD LUCK! 

    Keep up with this forum everyone is wonderful. 

    Where are you at? I'm in USA. 

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    First few days stay on top of your pain meds. Ice and elevation as Janness suggested.  If it still is bad after few day call in sometimes a cast can be to tight.  Take care and Everyone here has been through the same thing.  I am at 9 weeks post op. Hopefully you have some help for few days. Take care.
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      Thank you for your reply. I am not a patient person either....lol. I do have a good "quirky" sense of humor. So far thats been a good thing.

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      Hi Suzie. 18 weeks dwn the line and still going through it! 😢. But once your out of cast's and boot it does start to get better each day although you may not feel it at the time. I couldn't see any change for weeks, but can now see it on a day to day basis. But don't try to kid yourself, it's going to be a long hard haul. Elevation is a must and rest as much as possible. I couldn't do anything anyway so got plenty of that stuff!!! Can get very boring and I got angry with myself, so good old shouts to myself helped too. 😁. Keep up with meds if you need them. Progress will come but sometimes not sx fast as we would like. Keep yourself posted on here, ad it's been a godsend for me with my questions and answers. Even if it's just for a moan when I was feeling low. Wishing you good luck. Sx

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      18 weeks wow. I know it's gonna be a while as every doctor stopped in the cubicle where my xray was and comment. I knew that wasn't good..,lol.

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      Mine was a bad break and dislocation. Had lrg plates n screws on outside of the ankle and smaller on the inside. My consultant told me that I had made a good job of it, as it was worse once he opened up than it was showing on xrays. Smashed outside of ankle good n proper. Such a little fall too!! 😔. Sx

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    Hi Suzie03,

    Also hopefully you have a few items to help you out while your heeling: a shower seat, I got one that adjusts heights it will fit in tub or shower, a toilet riser makes going to bathroom a lot easy with a cast one (can get at Walgreens or Walmart or amazon, get netflix if you don't already helps pass time on down days, knee scooter and a basket on front smile the basket helps with carry stuff around.

    The first 3-5 days are the worst, hang in there get lots of rest most important for heeling.

    I hope your pain is under control.  

    I am in Oregon, When I went in for my 6 weeks check up they said to go to psychical therapy and they were booked out 3 weeks!  I would advise in maybe 2 weeks set up your appointments. So you don't have to wait like I did I think I mentioned I just got in tuesday, Seems a lot of them booked.

    And if you have any questions along the way ask! It has helped me...Oh ya and I got a Even Up shoe, this boot thing killed my back and hip I started wearing a even up shoe (goes on tennis shoe got on ebay) and has helped a lot!

    Sorry so long..Just trying to give you some ideas and suggestions that may help you...

    Have a wonderful day and look forward to hearing how you are doing!

    Sincerely, Dawnette

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