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Hi, I had ORIF surgery on 8 June after a freak accident, I went from standing to sitting on the floor and in doing so caused a bimaleolar fracture of right ankle, shattered in 3 places! Doctor was quite shocked how much damage from such a simple act. In less that 12 hours I went down for surgery, 4 hours later with a plate and many pins I was into recovery. First 2 days were absolute agony, never felt pain like it and have had surgery many times before for other things.
I was discharged on 11 June, staying with family who have been great. Had a back slab cast which on 14 June felt like it was crushing my ankle, couldn’t ease the pain. Went to fracture clinic who changed cast for a synthetic one which is half the weight of the original and make moving around soooo much easier!! I’m keeping my leg elevated at all times, however, my foot and ankle go so numb it becomes painful. It feels like it’s a burning, intense, heavy pain and makes sleeping difficult. I wiggle and massage my toes but the 3 smallest just seem numb all the time. Lowering the foot to go to the toilet is quite possibly the most horrid thing ever, the pain and pressure almost becomes unbearable and I can’t wait to put it back up! There seems to be no happy medium?? I am taking paracetamol and codeine but doesn’t seem to do anything other than make me a bit tired. Is there a specific height I should be elevating my leg? I know they say above heart, just wondered if there’s such thing as too high? I seem stuck between horrible numb, burning pain when foot up and horrible intense pain when foot down!! I’m heading home today, going to learn to look after myself! Pretty good on crutches and have got a knee scooter on the way didn’t quite realise just how long the recovery is for this type of injury and just how much independence you lose. Positivity is key I suppose!
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