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Old 10-22-2007, 06:29 AM   #16
kincaidj kincaidj is offline
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Re: ankle injury getting worse - familiar?

Well, here is the current perspective and now awaiting a treatment plan:
Regional Complex Pain Syndrome...not fun...my symptoms have been getting worse at a quick rate, I would say. I have sensitive areas of my foot, ankle, lower leg and around my knee. It still hurts to walk. I have burning pain all the time and am very sensitive to tempertature changes. I can't have anything really touching/pressing on any of the areas I mentioned before. I am on gabapentin, which seems to help with the sharper pains, but makes me feel really weird (don't know if that is related to a bit of a head cold?). I am told the side effects from the meds will get less noticeable over time. Unfortunately, I am still not confident enough to take them on any day I have to go out/drive.
One doctor did say that it normally goes away. Given the literature out there...I don't know what to think. I have to see both my regular doctor this week and the specialist for WCB to determine what stage I am at and where we go from here. I am just a little freaked out by this whole thing, knowing that there is nothing physically wrong with me, and, yet, there is something wrong. The one doctor I saw said, well you don't have to have a tumor to have a headache!
The waiting in-between seeing doctors is the hardest thing, especially when things are getting worse. Over the last two days, I have started to get similar, short lived burning and pains in the other leg. I tell myself it is because it is compensating for the other leg, only it mostly happens during the night when the pain in my leg is really bad. Like I said, this seems to be progressing quickly. I can only hope it all disappears as quickly as it started!

I have been trying to keep up some form of exercise as much as I can. I have always been told that rest is important but so is keeping the affected area moving and working. So, I try a 'sit and be fit' type program. It seems though that the more movement I do the worse and longer the pain is after and later at night. I again tell myself that it is just because the muscles are fatigued. Well, I am just going to have to see what my doctors have to say and what the end of the week brings.

Once again. Thank you everyone for all your support. My confidence has been starting to wane. Many people don't seem to understand that this isn't something I have the ability to control or can take a couple IBProphen to make it feel better. Going out of the house is no easy chore, everything takes longer and the more I do the worse I hurt at the end of the day or over the next day. I really appreciate having an outlet other than my family and friends to talk to. I don't like having to talk about it all the time to them because they think they have all the answers, when I haven't talked to my doctor about a plan and the literature is contrary to what many people tend to suggest.
Thank you everyone. I will let you know more as I know more. PS both MRI and nerve conduction came out all normal.