Uncomfortable/Painful Staples

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I've had my fiberglass cast on for a week now, staples weren't removed before application...and now it's insanely uncomfortable, and sometimes painful. Is there anything I can do about this, or should I call the doctor and see if I could get them removed? The original plan was to have them removed before the cast anyway, but my doctor didn't even look at them. Has anyone else had to deal with staples in a cast?

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    I had stitches rather than staples, and they were removed before the fiberglass cast was put on last week. I think you should call the doctor and check on this because there might have been an oversight or misunderstanding during your appointment. You don't have anything to lose by calling, except for hopefully a lot of discomfort.

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      I thought I was going to have stitches, and much to my surprise, it was staples! Not sure why my doctor changed his mind, but whatever. I'll call and leave the nurses a message. Hopefully I can get these staples out...it also makes me feel like it'll make for a really bad scar with all the rubbing!

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      I can't imagine the discomfort! My foot doesn't swell often, but it has swollen enough a time or two for the incision to rub on the cast and that drives me crazy. I end up taking pain meds that I don't normally need when this happens. My doctor changes my cast after two weeks so I'll get a new one next week. I hope it will be a boot two weeks after that, but we'll see.

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      Yeah, the rubbing is driving me absolutely nuts! And I've taken pain meds just to get rid of that pain. You're lucky you get your cast changed so often!! But at least, as long as my doctor keeps his word, I'll be getting a boot in 3 weeks. I can't wait to walk again!!

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      I asked my doctor why he changes the cast and his response was, "People complain of the smell and the itch if I don't." That was good enough for me.

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      I can see that, although I have neither, except at the incision site -- that sometimes itches. I actually don't know if I'll be able to go to the doctor this week because my insurance changes tomorrow and I don't have my new cards yet...I'd be totally cool with this cast if I didn't have the pain from the staples.

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    I had 6 staples under a fibre glass cast for 2 weeks almost and they were very uncomfortable. When you attend your checkup explain and ask for a new cast or if they're ready, get them removed. Mine came out a few days early and everything was fine. Good luck.

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      My cast isn't scheduled to come off for another 3 weeks...and if the staples aren't out by then, that would be insane! (5 weeks post-op)

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      Looking at the picture I took of my ankle after getting the surgical cast off and before getting the fiberglass one, I've got at least 10 staples in there, thinking more like 12 though...it's a much bigger incision than I imagined it would be!! 

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    If I were you I'd ring up fracture clinic and ask for an appointment to have them removed. I had about 3 different casts on for various reasons, my staples came out after 2 weeks and it felt much better when they did.

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    I got my staples out! There were a lot! Like 20+

    I also got a new cast which is a lot more comfortable since it's not as loose, and I think it was just done better too.

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