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Hi there. So I recently turned 20 years old, I'm a female (if that could have anything to do with this possibly) and a few months later (June 30th) stepped on a hole and broke my right ankle. Fun, right? ( Not at all!) Anyways, I was taken by ambulance to the hospital and told I'd dislocated my ankle and broke my fibula and medial malleolus (which I believe is part of the tibia?). They realigned my ankle as best they could with the breaks and then sent me home in a cast with crutches. (Oh, how I DESPISE crutches! Thank goodness for walkers!)
I then went in for surgery (ORIF) on July 3rd (3 days after the fall), and had 2 plates and 2 screws (I think, but I'm just going off what I heard the nurses say while I was half-out of it). The surgeon said that when they opened up my ankle the break was a lot worse than what the x-rays showed, and he said he did the best he could (comforting, right?!). Well, I've always been somewhat of a hypochondriac, and always worry about the slightest twitch and sensation in my body, so once I noticed the couple of things I have going on now, I thought I'd turn to this forum. However, I haven't read of anyone else experiencing these!
So, what's happening now, is that when I woke up today (I slept until 5 pm, my sleep schedule is all messed up from meds), I began to feel a tight, somewhat throbbing cramp in my calf - which of course is under my cast and I can't bend it to try and relieve it). I've tried icing it and slowly moving my leg back and forth to no avail. And also, for the past few nights (I actually noticed it the night after surgery I think, but it went and came back), I've had a super intense burning pain in my upper right thigh from the outside of it going back into sort of the buttock area. It hurts so bad when I move to reposition myself and even when lying completely still I can still feel a slight tinge of heat and burning. The best way I can describe it is if you get a rug burn or something on your leg, but it's constant and a lot more painful...
I had thought that maybe it had something to do with the nerve block they gave before my surgery? They injected it into my thigh, I believe, but I know that it wore off because I could definitely notice when it did. Could they have hit a bad nerve or something and accidentally messed it up? Or is this just one of the ways I'm healing from my broken ankle? And do you think the calf muscle cramp is something to worry about as well?
Should I contact the doctor or just wait it out? I have my follow-up in 9 days (July 17th), and I'm hoping everything will be fine then.
And please, please, please let me know if you've experienced these pains with a broken ankle!
Thanks so much!
(P.S. - Has anyone felt like their cast keeps moving around? Like, I'll lay on my side a little while and then move to my back and it feels like my cast is in the wrong position. It's a plaster cast, I think, and there's a space un-plastered in the middle, and it feels like sometimes that space is on the wrong side from where it was earlier!? (It's a bit uncomfortable...)
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