Severe burning in foot 14 days after ankle surgery

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Qin had ankle ligament repair surgery after severe sprain.  Had surgery 14 days ago today.  Yesterday the cast was removed and got put in the attractive black ankle boot and told I could be weight baring.  Seemed things were going well and I walked with the aid of a crutch a little around house.  Well, I went to sleep around 11:30 pm.  I have tried in vain to sleep on my back and just can't so I prompt pillows up and layer on my side and elevated foot as best I could. Got woken up at 4:00 am with excruciat BURNING all over foot.  I tell you I've never felt pain like this before and that includes giving birth. It is now 5:45 am and I found this forum.  Has anyone experienced this severe burning after surgery?  I had a block during surgery Nd foot was numb for 48 hours and then it wore off I had some tingling and burning in my heel but that went away.  Now this burning started. I tell you Imwas in tears and I'm a person that usually can handle pain.  Please respond if anyone can enlighten me.

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    Hi.

    I'm so sorry to hear you're in pain. I had an operation for a shattered dislocated ankle. Had plates and screws all over my complete ankle. I had a block and as it started to wear off I was in agony. I was in hospital for 4 days with severe pain. I left hospital with Tramodol. The pain gradually got better although now 5 months later I have pain on and off and all types of pain. Didn't the hospital give you pain relieve ? I would expect most people will get pain, burning etc after an operation so just hang in there and get some strong pain killers. If it continues see your doctor. I know what it's like to wake up and be anxious either in the middle of the night or early morning with no one around. I've been there. Just want you know to try and relax and not panic. Hope you recover quickly.

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      Thank you MsCamboot.  I'm so sorry to hear about you also have joined the club no one wants to be,  the "ankle pain group".  It is scary when you wake up from a deep sleep in unbelievable burning pain.  Yes I have pain meds and tried to lay off one yesterday thinking I  am woman hear me roar. Guess I'm not that woman yet.  Did get up,and take a pain pill. My Dr gave me Hydrocodeine with Tylenol.  You read such horror stories about ankle surgery, pulmonary bloos clots etc. I worry about that because for,the life of me I can't sleep on my back but do put pillows down and lay on my side and keep my leg on it. Tonight I'm going to,try again, because all I'm doing is laying down. Thank you for,your answer and support. I hope your pain subsides soon. I did hear it could take up to,a year to get back to normal. 
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    Hello Jane 

    lim so sorry to hear you had such a rough nite. I'm 8 weeks post op and my Dr believes in pain Meds as needed. I'd see my Dr if it keeps up, your a woman who knows what pain is so you know your limits. I'd ask for something if it keeps up - i get such a diverse range of pain and the burning I think is everything meshing back together it does become intense at times.

    i also put arnica cream all over my foot and it seems to help. I also air my foot regularily and sometimes it likes ice and sometimes heat on the back of my heel/ leg part. I hope you get relief soon! 

    Best, Jannie  

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      Thank you jannie26408.  I do have pain meds but thought I was doing well after two weeks so I didn't take one last night when I went to bed because I wasn't in pain.  Yes, the burning is,the worst. I've had different operations throughout my life and given natural (no meds) through 2 pregnancies and I can attest this is the worst I've ever had.  You read things on the net that scare the bejibbers out of you I tell Ya.  Blood clot to the lung is also worriesome.  Have never hear of putting air on your leg. How do you do that?  I'm cleared to take my first shower today!!  I'm so,over these sponge baths.  Thank you for a wearing my post it means a lot to me since I'm a novice. So,you have the burning too?
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      Hi Jane 

      i find the pain varies daily, I have not found my new normal of pain yet if there is such a thing. Putting air on your leg and foot sounded too funny but what I do is take my boot and sock off and leave it resting on a pillow naked, now every chance I get so I can let the skin breathe. The skin started peeling off in clumps this past week so I'm airing it so it can heal and breathe. Also rub cream in it but gently. 

      Im still getting a lot of pain especially since my foot is down more. But I can move my toes now so that's an improvement from a week ago. Physio I hope is going to get the process moving 

      I wish you a good sleep tonite and speedy healing. 

      Best 

      jannie 

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      Oh lol. I get the air thing. I take my boot off and rest the naked foot on a elevated wedge I got off the internet. Can't tell you how much I appreciate that wedge. When I stacked pillows it was always falling off. This foam long wedge is. God send. Thanks for the name of the cream. Where did you get it? I'll send my husband out for some. Hoping and praying for a better night tonight with no pain wake up call at 4:00 am. I didn't take a pain pill last night so I'm going to tonight and see what happens. Seems like it acts up at night and not so much during the day. I can take the tingling and even the pain but that full in burning is beyond what I can handle. Hope you are also getting better and I'm sure PT will help with the recovery. I don't get PT until I see the Dr in four more weeks. I've never been one to wish my life away but in this case I'd love it to be 4 weeks from today when I wake up tomorrow. Thanks for wishing me well. Just found this site at 4:30 am this morning and already it has helped me.
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      Good it helps I founds his site at day 5 and it's been my life saver. People are kind and not pessimistic even though we all share and know what we are going through. Who knew this could be so challenging and painful - I too secretly wished the time away but now I'm just trying to go day by day. It's been very slow healing process. Physio will be my new life now. We even did a room just for me to escape to to do my exercises.... I'm grateful for that and feel for any moms out there still raising their family. I guess things can always be worse. Sleep well Jane 🌞🌞
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      I was glad to hear that the burning is normal. You can't help but wonder if something else is wrong when it feels like there is a blowtorch on your pinky toe. The burning is in other places on my ankle but I swear that the baby toe is on fire. I too felt like I'd made so much progress because I wasn't feeling very much pain at all during the day. I'm back to taking my pain meds sooner rather than later. This forum put my mind at ease about the fire on my foot. God bless and thanks for sharing.

       

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    Here we go...the severe burning just started again. The whole foot burns. I'm in tears and I have experienced a lot of pain in my life and always handled it with an upbeat attitude. Not this time.  I can't find anyone that has experienced the severe burning and that depresses me   When its nit burning I can stand and walk in my Cam with relatively no or mild pain. I think at this point I should call Dr tomorrow. Your thoughts?
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      Hi Jane.

      Yes go and see your doctor and ask your doctor to send you to a specialist. I went walking yesterday without my camboot or crutches and it was the first time in 5 months. I came home in serious pain in both my ankle and foot. (See previous message) I had a shattered ankle with dislocation and I'm in pain a lot even after a few months. I know my pain is from the extent of my injuries and it will take time to heal but you need some answers and I know pain is not a nice thing to tolerate. I do hope you find some answers soon Jane. Keep me posted.

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      Ms Camboot, my Dr is an orthopedic specialist.  On an up note, took a pain pill last night before going to bed and slept through the night  and no burning for 8 hours straight!  Ya, felt great and I've never been more thankful. Hopefully today is a bright sunny day with the same. I'm praying and hoping. Thank you for your reply. I just found this group and it has become my lifeline 
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      Hi gals, 

      jane I'm glad you took something, I'm not a pill popper but when pain is severe it's the answer, it sounds like your having a good day!  . Mscamboot, you and I have similar injury, I feel for you but at 5 mos it's optimistic you went crutch and boot free. At 2 mos I'm only just putting my boot on the floor it gives me some guideline with you and I'm hoping with PT I'll see some changes each time but I'm keeping my hopes at bay 

      I wish you a great day, and that our pain gets less and less!  

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      Hi girls.

      Jannie I have got my X-ray but don't know how to upload on here. Any idea? I have a plate running up the fibula and a plate running up the tibia both with screws and 2 screws in the inner ankle. Anyone can see it was a severe injury. I'm nearly 60, so not young. Everyone heals differently so you may get there quicker than me. I ordered a walking stick yesterday as I need to build up my walking time and when it gets too much for me I can lean on the stick. I've bought a folding walking stick that I can pop in my bag and use when needed. This all gets too much for me as before my injury I was very fit and active. I have read though that a simple break can take 3 months and something more severe from 6 months to a year. I don't know if there is anything as a simple break but only quoting what I read. I've certainly done a lot of reading on broken ankles and trying to gather as much information as possible as this puts my mind at ease. This forum has been a tower of strength being with like minded people and it's always good to compare notes. Pretty sure I've communicated with you before Jannie. Hope both you ladies recover well and keep me posted.

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      Just found this site. I'm only 4 days in to recovery. Was ran overnight by a forklift crushing my foot over a year ago, finally got my surgery this last Wednesday and dealing with severe side effects from anesthesia. Now this exact same burning has started in my heel and I cannot take

      It. I'm taking my pain meds and other meds as directed and staying off of it as well. What is it and how do I ease it off til

      I go back and see the dr? This is horrific!

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      Bethlehem,

      You are very early in the process and I assure you heal pain is part of the misery of the recovery even though you did not have surgery on your heal. I am at week 10 and my daughter is at week 11 in our foot and ankle surgery and it will get better. In the meantime if you are in a split with the cast padding and the ace bandages that they put on in the hospital call the doctor's office and ask them to rewrap you to take the pressure off of your heal. If there is not enough padding on your heal and the more the better we learned and if the splint is sitting on your heal it will bring you literally to tears. My husband and I sat up nights wrapping and rewrapping both my daughters splint and my splint until we could get the darn thing positioned to stop the pain. The doctor showed us how to do it. It could also be your bandages are wrapped a little tight too and as you swell it can cause your toes and heal to get pins and needles and have pain. As you go along it will get better and then when you start to do weight bearing it may start all over again as happened to me. But by slowly adding pressure when you stand and letting the pins and needles work themselves out, with deep massage on the bottom of your foot daily and therapy along with exposing your foot to different textures over a week or two it will get less and less each day. For now put ice behind your knee for 20 minutes in then 20 minutes off until you can see your doctor to have it rewrapped and that will help some. I promise it will get better and there may be times when your toes feel like huge tomatoes. I used to have my husband get up and turn on the light in the night just so I could see that they were not the size of tomatoes and low and behold they were normal size. Good luck!

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      DO NOT undo the bandages if you are in a splint post op. If you feel it's getting too tight call the doc and get back to the clinic. You will see bruising and tightening above the splint. You need to ice through the splint and elevate it. My doc had me bedridden for 2 weeks. Only up for bathroom get food and water. Take your meds as directed catching up to

      Pain is not fun. Take as directed don't over take and you should have no problem getting off.. I'm 9 weeks post op have taken heavy narcotic since 6 weeks post op. You had more work done. Just elevate and ice...

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      I agree with Shari do not undo the bandages at all unless your doctor shows you how to have someone rewrap you and gives you permission.  Someone must do it for you as you can not get it positioned and wrapped by yourself.  I was fortunate in regards to my doctor  to show my husband how to position the splint and how to wrap us as there were two of us recovering at the same time and one of us was always having our heals hurting so he showed him what to do.  But we never ever went down to the incision and unwrapped the cotton layer closest to our leg.  We would however need more padding added and that can get done at the office.  I was not suggesting at all that you remove it just sharing that by the doctor rewrapping it the pain will be reduced.  Also put ice packs behind your knee as it will help too for about 20 minutes.  I did this many weeks into my surgery and always had good pain relief.  
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      I bought an ice machine and wedge off Amazon. The ankle wrap will fit around the splint. I used it 24/7 changed out frozen water bottles every 8 hours.. you have enough padding to not worry about any frost bite or burns. It's goi g to take awhile for it to go away. Hang in there.

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      Hi Beth, I'm sorry you're going through so much pain. I can only share my experience. I had the terrible burning pain and also pressure but it was in top of foot. I felt my foot was on fire and about to explode with electrical shocks going through it. About 2-3 weeks after surgery I couldnt take it anymore and loosened the splint but didnt remove it. I figured it would be fine since the bones were screwed into place and I was non weight bearing anyway.  It helped a little. Saw the dr. a few days later and he removed splint, felt some immediate relieft but pain came back a day later. He put me in a boot, I had 14 screws and a plate..anything touching my foot was agony so I asked if I could keep the boot off. He said yes as long as i don't walk on it. He said with all the titanium screws inside the ankle isnt going anywhere. I chose to remove the boot as soon as I got home and never put it back on again. I did not put any weight on the ankle ever, the entire time and kept it up on pillows day and night. I took tylenol and aspirin for pain since oxycodone made me too constipated and nauseous. I was in pain every single second of everyday and night  but I just want to tell you it starts to get better. My nerve pain started 11/16 and was able to stop the pain killers 12/19, I'm 12 weeks from surgery and still get pain now but it is NOTHING like it was. My one toe is still numb and parts of my foot. I Just wanted to give you some hope that it does fade in time. Once the pain gets better and you can stand it Id suggest massage, like seriously it really really helps. Massage helped my pain SO much, I stopped it 2 weeks ago and pain came back the other day. I started it again and no pain so yeah it's important. I know its very difficult right now and you are suffering, believe me I know, but hang in there things will get better with time. 

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      Oh also I guess ice can be good, my foot was too painful to put ice on, the weight of the ice hurt. I did try ice later on and it helped for a little while but the pain came back shortly after. Also, you probably know this already but keep the foot up as much as possible, I think that really helped, even now 12 weeks out I still put my foot up when im sitting down. Also your hips might get sore, my good side was killing me from only being able to lie on my back or that side, foam helps. I could not use foam under my foot though as it was too hard, I had to use soft pillows but I do know foam works for some. Everyone is different and people can suggest different things to you, just try different things till you find some relief. I also chose to stop the oxy and take a combo of tylenol and advil every 6 hours, it helped a little bit, I do know studies have shown ibuprofen can hinder bone growth so I stopped the advil once I could tolerate the pain and switched to aspirin. Fortunately, I had no issues with bone not mending. Also, you could always call the dr. and ask for something to help with nerve pain like Gabapentin, they have a few different medications for that, I never chose to take those because I did not like the side effects but they are always an option.
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      Hello

      I am two weeks post op for ankle fusion, realignment, ligament replacement.

      My nerve pain started a week ago and is getting worse. My consultant said it could be the stretching of the nerve or he accidentally hit the nerve with metal work.

      The burning and stabbing pain is now constant.

      I've been told to wait it out as it should subside. I can't feel my big toe or under side of my foot.

      I feel totally miserable as I'm in a full cast and can't even get to my foot to massage it.

      How long did you pain last or is it still and issue?

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      Hey Julie,

      Im sorry you're having the nerve pain, the worst of my nerve pain started 9 days after surgery and lasted about 5 weeks, Im about 12 weeks out now and my one toe is still totally numb on top and I get a little nerve pain here and there still but it's nothing compared to what it was, I could  barely stand it when it was at its worst so hang in there itll get better once the cast comes off. I was lucky cause the dr. skipped the cast i went from the splint straight into the boot but chose not to wear the boot since he said i didnt have to wear it the screws would hold my bones in place as long as i didnt walk on it, which I didn't and I kept it up 24/7. I think not wearing anything on it helped the nerve pain since anything touching it hurt badly. I was scared to death the pain would last forever but it doesn't. Lying in bed still can hurt the foot but its getting better as the weeks go by so don't get too scared things will heal but slowly.

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      Thank you.

      Sounds very similar in terms of when pain started so I will hang in there.

      I severed my foot twelve years ago and whilst they reattached it over the years the bone crumbled and set my foot in a sideways position and pointing downward. It was five hours for the op to realign and fix the ankle with screws rod and synthetic ligaments. I'm praying at 8 weeks they put me in a boot even if non weight bearing.

      The pain is constant sad

      Thank you for your comments it's really appreciated and I hope you continue to progress well

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      Sorry your feeling the wonderful nerve pain. As much as it sucks, it means they are repairing themselves. Keep your leg elevated it will decrease pain and swelling, but not the nerve pain. I'm 9 weeks post op ankle reconstruction ligament tendon and cartilage my heel is still numb. It can take awhile for things to settle down and get back to normal. Keep positive thoughts

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      No problem Julie. I found this forum late night when I couldn't sleep from the nerve pain. Glad all of us are able to provide on line comfort for each other.

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      Hey glad I could help at all, wow that sounds like one horrific injury you had! Thank God they could re-attach your foot but sorry you're having pain now. I know just what thats like and I know it's scary, I was afraid my pain would never get better, but don't worry it does get better. They actually put me in a boot when I was non weight bearing so they just might do the same for you, the boots pretty standard. Anyway best of luck to you! 

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      Oh that's how it happened? 

      Oh man, i stepped into a hole too walking my dog, broke all the bones in my ankle, but I promise to never chase chickens- god only knows what would happen to me then eek

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      Hmmmm it seems our animals have a role in all of our ankle injuries. Lol mine knocked me off balance in my back yard and i sheared my ligaments tendons and cartilage. I had hip surgery on same leg right after this ankle injury in July. I had the ankle done in dec.
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      Just to chime in my initial ankle injury which started the series of many started when getting off a horse onto what I thought was level grass and I landed in a hole and rolled it.  Then years later while again riding a horse it got spooked and stepped back and tripped on a hay bail and the entire horse fell to the ground and landed on it's side with my ankle and leg pinned underneath.  Dang these animals are so cute but they appear to be dangerous to feet and ankles. 🐎

      Julie have you tried putting ice behind your knee?  For me ice behind my knee would calm my entire foot down.  Sounds strange but worked like a charm.  

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      She's adorable!!!

      I have my two nuts and two fosters, 4 cats indoor and about 5 outside.

      I've seen some bad horse accidents. Glad your ok besides the ankle.

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      Hi Julie. I'm sorry you had to go thru that. I had the brostrom procedure on my ankle on April 28th 2017 I had a nerve block which kept the pain away for about two nights. Then I started to get a burning that being tingling pain in my heel I called the doctor and he had me take the splint off. That seemed to help a bit but then that night the same burning intense pain on my heel and in my toes and top of my foot. The top of my foot especially between the third and fourth to it's still completely numb. I am non weight bearing for two weeks and this splint will actually just the padding now then I have an appointment on May 11th to remove the padding put me in a boot. I'm just concerned that this burning pain and numbness is not going to go away. I have never had pain like this before even with childbirth appendicitis anything like that C-sections. It's starting to freak me out a bit. I was just wondering how you were doing now since this post was three months ago. I hope you have some good news for me and some encouraging words. I pray that your pain is all gone now and you're back to the living the life that you want to. Thanks for listening and I hope to hear from you soon. You can also send the private message if you would like to

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      Hi Debbie

      I'm doing very well thank you and I hope things ease for you. It's a huge hill to climb that people don't understand. I have good news... I am pleased to report that it's been nearly four months since the op and I'm walking unaided (just) and doing more than I dreamed I would be at this stage. I've even been up a step ladder today for a few minutes and then painted a wall and then potted some plants in the garden 😊

      The nerve pain settled about two weeks ago and whilst I'm still getting various peaks and troughs there is massive improvement. I still get issues with my toes, specifically my big toe. It's like it's being squeezed all the time but every day it improves a little. My biggest issue I have is trying to walk with the new sensation of where my foot is as it's been realigned. It's very sore on the pads near my toes but I'm hoping as time goes on it will improve. It feels like I'm walking with a lump of bare bone underneath. I'm seeing my consultant on Tuesday to talk about this but my physio is going well, I'm on 2 week check ups currently.

      One the whole I am in a far better position to where I was a couple of months back. Nighttime i still get periods of intense stabbing of nerves and the quilt lying on my foot is sensitive but again it is reducing.

      I've found wearing trainers with good support and my heel raise as my foot still is not flat by 15 degrees helps a lot. I continue to keep my leg elevated to help with swelling. Swelling is there but not excessive at the moment.

      Keep strong. There is light at the end of that long tunnel.

      My ankle has no pain at all it's like it's been set free of all the issues I had before the op. I am really happy with progress that I couldn't see before. I'm getting used to not having movement too, putting trousers on is quite odd as I keep getting my foot stuck in the leg as I can't bend it lol.

      Keep faith, it does get better xxxx

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      That's exactly why I wound up here. My doctor never said anything about this awful burning. It's great to have a forum like this to commiserate in. God bless you all and healing prayers from me to God's ears on all of our behalves. 

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      Hi! I’m 9 days post-op in a splint with ace bandages. Was reading your recommendation not to remove the bandages. I see my doctor in 3 more days. I’m having a ton of swelling & I feel like my pain hasn’t gotten much better. I had my brevis tendon groove deepened, & a bone under it shaved down. Also a tendon repair in front of my ankle & laparoscopic ankle debridment. I’ve been up to go potty, & downstairs a couple of times. I scoot down on my rear & bring my crutches. It’s exhausting.  Do you think I should try to see if my doctor can see me on Monday instead of waiting until Tuesday? I hurt quite a bit & im almost out of pain meds. 

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      I feel your pain literally. I had heel surgery five days ago. The second night was the worst I woke up crying with excruciating pain I felt like my whole leg was on fire.  I called the doctor the next day and he recommended me to double the pain med just for that reason and then he gave me a muscle relaxer. I however  do not like the way the pain meds make me sleepy so now I’m doing one tablet for pain and two tablets for bedtime so I can sleep longer. This has helped a lot, stay strong we can get through this. Are you feeling better at all? I noticed you posted about a month ago.
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      I'm doing better now that I got heavy duty antibiotics. My incision got infected and I was in constant pain. I got the go-ahead for weight bearing yesterday. It hurts and it's so scary. I told my doctor about my throbbing big toe, pinkie toe fire etc. and he said it's all normal. The nerve damage is healing and that's what causes all of the misery. He also advised me that it could go on for three more months. sad 

      I hope you re doing better now. We do have to keep the faith. God is good and this too shall pass. 

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       I’m glad you’re doing better. Keep the faith and know you’re right this too shall pass.  For me it’s hard because I am a mother of two young ones thank God they go to school on Thursday LOL. And my husband tries to help but it’s not the same. We just need to take it day by day. I’m only six days post op.
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