Sprained Ankle

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Hi yeh

8-9 weeks ago, I tripped in my living room and badly hurt my ankle. I went for an Xray, but they said I had sprained it. Since then I have tried to rest it as much as I can, but as soon as I lay down. I find that especially on the right bone and to the back, I find that I can't sleep because of the pain. I keep putting of going back to the hospital, because I think it's going to get better. I am now at the end of my tether and cannot understand why I am still in so much pain. Please could you give me some advice on what to do for the best.

Donna

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    I'm not sure I would be the one that could tell you what to do because I did everything wrong and I'm trying to stay off of mine but still have to be on it sometimes and I don't have the boot on anymore it's only been 4 weeks for my surgery so I know it's not well and my leg is infected now but if I was you I would go back to the emergency room tell them that still been hurting and you wanted reacts raid I think that would be the best thing for you and don't don't do what I did and stay off of it and rest it ice it and elevate it that's all they say to do and try to manage your pain with Tylenol pain medicine whatever you have

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    HI Donna, 

    I , too fell in my living room Dec  of 2016. I will never forget that day as it has changed my life for a very long time. First, I'm sorry you fell. Hell, I'm sorry for anyones injury here. 

    I knew I had hurt my ankle and my left toe pretty badly but when I went to the ER they told me it was "just" a sprain. That sprain has turned into a nightmare. I just had my third surgery. Literally 4 days ago. 

    So bottom line is this: IF YOU think its not "just" a sprain then go to a Orthopedic specialist. Don't let anyone else play around with your feet. Anyone can tell you this or that but a real specialist will let you know. 

    NO one did anything with all my complaining until I saw him and he gave me an MRI.... and that was it. That's when I knew it was torn ligaments , tendons, and post traumatic arthritis... yes, that is a thing. So run, don't walk if you think its something you can't deal with or you are at your end. 

    Best of luck to you!

    Rose

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    Thanks guys, am up again throughout the night in agony. If I could chop my ankle of at the moment I would. 😢

    Have sprained my ankle before, some years ago but have never been in so much pain for so long. Feel like screaming some nights, am going to the A&E department tomorrow and am not coming out until I know what's causing me all this pain, out of 10 at the moment it's about a 7 and I'm baffled to why. I really hope that they can get to the bottom of this and sort out a solution. I manage to get one night sleep every couple of days and I am now exhausted with it all. It doesn't seem to be getting any better, it seems to be worsening and I don't know why.

    Donna x

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    I totally agree with rose if you think something's wrong you go find out what's wrong until they tell you what's wrong because this is your feet you're talking about that's why I'm so scared of losing my leg I'm so scared I'm going to cuz I've watched like thousands of people lose their legs and stuff in nursing homes and so don't find out what's wrong with you don't don't just take them covering up or whatever that they don't find anything tell him you want to know why you're hurting

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    The thing I find odd is y'all all seem like in such pain and yes I had pain but was tolerable until I got this open sore from the incision site that opened now I'm in pain for realbut I was still walking till I got I trouble by my surgeon and I'm trying to stay off it now but still do walk and I got no boot nowhurts my leg too much

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    Donna,

    So glad you stopped making excuses for not seeing a practitioner and are now serious about seeking professional treatment for your ankle injury.

    As is typical here, your account is sketchy so it is difficult to make any sense of your ankle signs and symptoms. Your chief complaint is pain (isn't that true for most of us?), but you did not mention any swelling or discoloration that normally accompanies a severe ankle sprain, or where exactly the pain comes from.

    You did not mention how you have been using the ankle since injury, but if you are like many patients you probably have been walking a lot on it, especially if your livelihood demands mobility. Depending on your soft tissue injuries, weight bearing and walking may contribute to your pain without relief.

    We assume your x-rays were interpreted correctly and indicated no fractures-- so we can rule that out for now.

    Best wishes for you and I hope you can make a full recovery.

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    Hi guys

    Just to confirm, at the start I had a bit of bruising but no swelling which was strange. The pain tho was bearable, but every time I sat down it was agony to get back up on it as I had to put some weight on it. I tried the usual things like cold packs on it, anti inflammatorys, plenty of rest and no hot baths. It did show signs of getting better, but after a bit it the pains started to get worse to the point of me being up all night in agony. I went back to the hospital and they confirmed that it was a really bad sprain and would take a while for it to heal as my body has a slow healing process. I also have a rare bleeding disorder, Von Willa Brands Disease which is a form of Haemophilia and I have to keep an eye on any bruising. The hospital has given me an ankle cast to see if it will help with the healing process and if it's taking too long and if I am still experiencing quiet a lot of pain in several weeks or so then I will need to take it from there and see what's the next course of action. Thanks again everyone for your advice and will keep you posted on my progress.

    Donna

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    One thing to keep in mind is that too much rest and inactivity can actually result in muscle atrophy and a greater risk of more sprains later on. https://www.injurymap.com/diagnoses/ankle-sprain

    Small, careful exercises could potentially be a way to go to relief some of your pain and discomfort. Make sure to consult a medical specialist before you begin any kind of rehabilitative exercises though!

     

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