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I was on vacation in Tennessee and went hiking, ended up falling. Long story, but ended up with a trimalleolar fracture with syndesmosis ligament tear. Fracture occurred on July 23rd, had surgery on August 5th. Ended up with plate and 9 screws on fibula, 1 long screw on tibia and a tightrope procedure for ligament injury. It has been a very painful journey. The pain has improved, but my ankle is still very painful in the morning and evening. I take pain meds every morning in order to tolerate my morning routine and get out of the house. I try to avoid taking pain meds throughout the day at work. By the end of my work day, the pain is really bad again. I don't like taking narcotic pain meds. It makes me feel itchy and overheated. But the pain is worse. I am very frustrated trying to work full time and manage my home life. I have a 6 year old daughter that is very active and my husband owns his own business and works late. My job is very demanding both physically and mentally. I am at my wits end with the pain. I have a follow up appointment with my surgeon next week and feel like this is never going to end. The pain makes me grouchy and all I want to do is lay down at the end of the day, but I can't. When I get home, I clock in to my other job-Mom. This used to be my favorite part of the day. Now I dread it. Does anyone have any advice for pain relief other than narcotic pain meds?
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