Bone Bruise in Ankle
Ok where do I start?
My history: I am an avid basketball player and have sprained my ankles 20+ times in my life. My recooperation from a sprain is always the same try and walk again no matter the pain. I would limp it off till 2 or 3 weeks later I could walk (for me) normal again. So for years I have had some reacurring pain in my ankles (especially my left one, the one I use to jump).
I mean if I would walk up to many steps, play golf, basketball, climb a ladder, in a day I would have to warm up my ankles the next morning (stand up, then sit down, stand up, then sit down, stand up walk a couple steps, sit down) and limp my way thru the day with intense pain, until a couple days later I could (again, for me) walk normal again. This went on for the last 10+ years.
In the past I have been diagnosed with high uric acid, so I thought my pain was the result of gout (my father has it pretty bad). Then about 3 weeks ago I started to get the normal pain in my left ankle, but this time I hadn't done any physical activity prior (no basketball, golf, running, anything).
Each day it got worse, in response I tried streching my ankle and doing physical thearpy activities I had learned in the past. This really ****** off my ankle till one day I couldn't even sit still with out there being an intense pain on the medial (inside) part of my ankle in the Talus area extending back to the hamstring, and could no longer walk anymore. There is no swelling or discoloration.
I went to a foot doctor telling him I thought I had gout (but this time worse than I had ever experienced). He took fluid out to have it tested. In the mean time he ordered an MRI, and put me on indocen (strong anti-inflamitory). Told me to come back a week later. Taking the indocen I got better and could at least put some weight back on the ankle and limp my way thru the day.
When I went back to see the doctor he told me I didn't have gout, but I did have a bone bruise. He took me off the indocen, saying that the same properties in indocen that took the inflammation away is the same that keep the bone bruise from healing, and put me in a air boot. He also took a blood test to see if I am Vitamin D deficient as I grew up in Alaska and Washington State. Turns out they could barely detect the vitamin D in my system.
Since taking me off the indocen I have steadly gotten worse again till now I am almost back to where I was 3 weeks ago. It is just an excrucating pain especially in the morning and evening and bringing me to tears about 3am. I am on crutches now and wearing an air boot (contraption thing...).
How could I have a bone bruise with no prior trama?
Should I get a second opinion?
How long do these things take to heal? What can I do to make it heal faster? ease this pain somehow? I would give my left arm just to be able to limp again.
I am desperate. I have my first child due on Jan 2nd and I don't want my wife to have to take care of two helpless people. I am scared this will go on forever as nothing has gotten better.