when does the pain get better.

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Omg!!! So much pain!! I'm about 3 weeks and in boot, no walking for total of 8 weeks and just put my foot up to go to bed and "o!" the agannoy! It feels like my foot is being compresed by a industrialized trash comparator. So much pressure! and it feels like it is on fire." I know it's suppose to be getting better, but why are days better then others?

I guess running to the store and out to eat wasn't a good idea. Are we suppose to be in constant bed rest foot elevated?? I guess I'm answering My own question. But anyone out there that has non weightberring ever go anywhere?? I thought I was okay enough to go out to eat and grocery shop.

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    Hi Jennifer. Sorry to hear you are suffering.

    i didn't manage to go out much at all  in first two- three weeks and only where I could put my foot up.  I had terrible vice like grip feeling on my foot especially at night and when I tried to walk on it so much so that I went back to have plater reapplied and they said it was too tight.  That said once it was removed I still experienced heat and tightness at night  .  It does improve gradually and the fracture clinic reassured me that it was common.  Try icing it to reduce the feeling.

    it is quite scary and I was feeling very low when it was happening but it does get better as you heel and get more mobile.

    your body does tell you when it has had enough though so maybe limit your activities and spread them across a few days to give your foot chance to rest as well.

    hope it improves soon.

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      Thank you sue for responding so quickly. It jus hit me like a ton of bricks. About 15min 30-45 min of having it elevated. I tell ypoo u what; the first place I ran to was here. Man! This is a bad one I haven't felt this bad in a long time. It times like theses I second guess having the surgery. I'm so sorry you had to go through this also. I wouldn't want this for anyone.

      I guess I may have done too much today.

      Thanks again for your quick response. I feel better already.

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      It is reassuring to know that people experience the same even though you don't want anyone else to go through it! I felt regret too so that is normal.  Tight feeling passes although I still do have swelling. Everyone heels differently so hopefully it is just your body's way of saying slow down! I wish I had found this forum sooner as it is great. I met a lady in hospital waiting room that I should have exchanged details with as it would be supportive to have so one to compare recovery notes with so thus forum is fab for that. 😃😃
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    Hi Jennifer,

    Firstly what surgery have you had  done?

    I had a metatarsal ostiotomy and pip fusion to 2nd toe.

    Do you have a pin sticking out of your foot?

    What pain relief are you taking?

    Do you have a temperature and feel unwell (apart from the pain)

    When is the pain worse?

    If you can answer some of these questions i may be able to give you some advice

    Kind regards

    Janet.

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      Hello,

      I was just trying to look up the name of the surgery that I had done. But couldn't find the exact name. They cut the top of my foot and put 2 huge screws in, (saw the x-rays) and. They cut both top and bottom of big toe used a staple and shaved the bunion. There are no pins sticking out. I have hydrocodone and ibphrophen. I also on occasion take arnica tabs,( homeopathic) no temperature. The pain is always bad at night, but tonight for some reason it's I unbearable! I stayed in bed all day. I was scrapbooking my daughter's baby pics. Later I went to store an out to eat. Then came home to put my foot up. Normal pain. Then just as I realized to go to sleep about 20 min after my foot was up I had major pressure followed by burning. Really bad that it brought me to tears. Man does it hurt!! Really bed, worse then I felt in a long time.

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      Hi, I just found my discharge papers and found what procedure I had. It was bunionectomy w/ internal fixation,left lapitus procedure. I'm still having this burning and pressure at night and sometime trough out the day. But not as bad as the other night. That was so scary because it came so suddenly and was excruciating. I read that it can be nerve damage, but not sure. Every time I ask my Dr. Any question he always says it's all in my head. I hope the burning fire feeling doesn't mean it's serious. I herd some say they had the same feeling but sometimes it's really bad and never had that before. I thought I was getting bete
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      Hi Jennifer,  it may be a nerve damage and if that is so it will settle.   Although in my expereince post surgery nerve pain presents more as a shooting pain (very strong).  As for your doctor,  you can tell him that it no doubt is interpreted in your head as that is where our brains are but it is real.  Unsuportive doctors are certainly not nice to deal with.

      Keep getting better and keep being patient 

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    Hello Jennifer

    you need to be ahead of your pain so take more meds in the evening in anticipation of pain,  it works much better to prevent the pain rather than to respond to it.

    I am 12 weeks post surger,  I only started walking without crutches but still in post op boot about 6 weeks post surgery.

    I started wearing normal shoes at 10 weeks but now I am back in the post op boot again as I had too much pain in normal shoes

    I saw the specialist yesterday and he told me off for walking too much (this is 12 weeks post surgery) and not listening to my pain.  So in short Jennifer, you seem to be wanting to run around much too early and it will casue more pain and possibly slow down the bone healing as if it hurts after walking that means that you are likely to have caused micro injuries where the screws are.  Nothing major but why suffer more than you need to.  It is realy hard and slow but it does get better,  just not as fast as we all would like to.

    Keep your foot up, if you are in a boot and can take off  icing may help (it helped me with swelling but not with pain)

    I hope your nights are getting better.

     

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    Hi, I'm in the UK. I had both my feet done at the same time. Different docters favour different proceedures. I had Scarf and Akins so I have pin in metatarsal that will stay in. I am now 5 weeks post op. I am having my xrays done in three days time and I'm hoping that I will then be in 'normal' shoe. The pain you are describing sounds a bit extreme. I had that burning pain for first three days but kept on top of it with pain killers. However I still have a little discomfort at night. The thing is, other than hospital visits, I have mainly kept my feet up and not gone out since my op. It's just one of those things I'm afraid just put your life on hold for at least 6 weeks. No housework or walking other than barest essentials. I am enjoying reading watching movies and tv and I have discovered grocery shopping online. I don't regret having my feet done and I'm grateful that my doc did both at same time. I am realistically understanding that I won't be skipping around for quite awhile yet. Take it easy and give your feet a chance to heal.
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    Hello, I just woke up and feeling a little better. Still have the normal stinking and mild fire feeling. It scared me last night because I have not had pain like that, that intense before. The pressure that I was feeling was new. I didn't really do anything different. I've gone to store before and didn't have the pain like that afterwards. I was working on my photo album yesterday, in bed with foot up, but maybe that was still too much for my foot. I appreciate everyone response. It does help. I'll be resting in bed all day.

    Thank you again for everyone who responded.

    I'll keep you posted

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      I'm in California.

      Thank you. I can NOT wait until the pain gets better. I'm still having the pressure in my foot.

      After you were given permission to walk on your foot, how long did it take you to get back to normal walking?. Back to your normal day to day walking?

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      I am not back to normal I'm afraid. I can manage with slight limp when I get going but still not got movement in my toe to bend it for a normal walk.  I can't wear normal shoes yet either. It is improving but at 7.5 weeks I had hoped for more progress. Was allowed to walk on my foot from 6 weeks.

      Others may be further on than me of course.

      i am trying not to push it as the scar is tender and the toe aches so massaging arnica cream into my foot and trying to bend toe a little more each day.

      i had scarf and akin osteotomy so have a staple in the base of big toe and screw in the lower bone that are staying in.

       

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