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2 years down the line, my ankle is still swollen and in pain after the sprain I had during football. GP's did nothing, couldnt even refer me to specialists because my injury was not severe enough and now look, 2 years later still in pain.

For someone who loves to play football and thinks about it everyday, I will just go on and play with my busted ankle untill it falls off.

 

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    Can you see a specialist without a referral? If not, find another GP who will refer you. That's ridiculous! ANY sprain should be seen by a specialist because it may seem minor but be a lot worse than how it looks.

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      I don't think so, I think you need to be referred.

      Also, its been 2 years, I think its too late to treat this now lol.

       

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      My mom's insurance doesn't require a referral, that's why I asked. For example, If I wanted to see a neurologist I could as long as I could get in.

      But if it's still bothering you 2 years later, it is worth being checked out because there's obviously something going on there. I can't say what because I'm not a doctor, but something.

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    I feel your pain. I broke my ankle in 3 places, required surgery, and I, too, stay swollen all the time. The more you're on it the more it stays swollen. I wish you well. You are a brave soul to continue playing. I, on the other hand, watch every step and stair I take. But I know you're a lot younger than me! (I'm 55)

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    I watched videos online tried therapy myself but its my ligaments which are screwed I know it.

    Thanks Katy, thats unfortunate about your ankle, I couldn't imagine the pain.

     

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      Then you absolutely 100% need to see a specialist. Unless you later on want to completely lose function of your ankle...
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      It's definitely what you need. I understand about it taking a long time too. Even after I saw my specialist it was a month and a half before I got my MRI because he's a conservative "wait and see" kind of guy. Not so much after my MRI though. He was pretty much like, yeah...you need surgery, and I saw the MRI for myself and it did not look good.

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      Well, I've had surgery on this ankle twice for ligament reconstruction.

      This time around I'm only 1 week post-op, so I can't really say much other than there's a lot of pain, I sleep a lot etc...I'm supposed to get the surgical cast off and stitches out tomorrow (though that may not happen since there's supposed to be a storm) and get a regular, fiberglass cast.

      Last time I spent about a week and a half or so in a surgical cast then 6 weeks in a fiberglass cast, then graduated to PT and a brace. I don't really remember when I could go back and do stuff for real, but it wasn't long. I went camping the week after I got my cast off -- no hikes or cliff jumping or anything like that obviously, but walks or beach etc, all fair game. Nothing went wrong. I'm a runner and a dancer, and definitely by 6 months later I was getting back into the game, and by a year after I was back to "normal"-ish. Over time it became more normal and normal and then eventually it became something that was nothing. 

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    Go see your GP again and insist on a referral. When I had a knee problem a few years ago, nothing showed up on the xray or the MRI. Because the swelling didn't get any better the specialist did a scope and it turned out that my meniscus was torn all the way across in a way that made it impossible to see on the screen. Something is wrong with your ankle. Assuming you're otherwise healthy, your ankles shouldn't be swelling for no reason.

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    Sounds tough for both your injuries,

    I will book an appointment with the GP again and see what happens.

     

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