Tripple arthrodesis

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Hi I had an ankle fusion 6 weeks ago. I've been in a cast. I go back to the Dr tomorrow. I hope it's ok they told me I should not still take pain meds but I have had too the pain is really bad sometimes I had bone infection in my jaw a couple years ago and it's that kind of pain. I don't know if that's normal?? I will tell him. I don't have s high fever only 99.5 but I didn't have a fever with the jaw infection either. I also have RA and take biologics and chemo drugs along with prednisone daily. Guess I'm just wondering if anyone else has had that kind of pain 6 weeks out. 

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    Hi Imalee,

    im seven weeks on Wednesday & still in pain. I had a double fusion plus an arch reconstruction. I took pain killers right up into my 6th week. If pain was going to keep me awake at night, then I'm not healing so I took them as long as I needed them. Doctors don't want us getting addicted but they're not the ones suffering. I hope everything is okay when they take off your cast. They put me in an air cast boot at four weeks. It's a long painful journey but I hope it will be worth it in the long run. 

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    I would definitely tell dr concerns and ask for  answers you  can understand. As for pain only you know what you can cope with. As mentioned you don't want the addiction with these nasties but you may need something to take the BITE off. I was still in pain at 6 weeks. A lot of pain but I could not take the pain relief for long (allergies). I got hives all over. And I'm talking ALL over. And trembling shakes. That with bouts of constipation and then taparse (Australian terminology for Diarrhoea ) was not a pleasant time at all. I'm 5 months down the track and still scared of falling again. Walking were slowly always looking down. Will walk smack into a pole one day. Hope things settle soon. 

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    At wk 6 I was in zomorph which is a slow release morphine and then oramorph liquid for the breakthrough pain every 2-4hrs.

    I do think it's pretty unfair of the Drs to say you should be on pain med cause in my view if you need them you need them.

    I'm a Sister on a trauma unit and have seen the effects of people being in pain i.e.  Not moving and ending up with DVT and PE, chest infections and pneumonia too.

    I'm now 18wks post op and I still take weaker painkillers, cocodamol up to 4 times a day when I need them. It doesn't mean I'm addicted to them, I just take them when I feel my body needs me to take them.

    I completely over did it yesterday and ended up in agony, so therefore I needed them.

    Trust your body as it's important to recover both physically and mentally from this kind of surgery as both can have an impact on your wellbeing.

    Let us all know how you get on. Xx

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      Sorry for the in correct spellings! I meant to say it's unfair for the dr to say that you shouldn't. Xx


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