Hey Everyone - don't know how many of you have experienced this: the pain (I'm 8 days post-op, in a cast) is always worse at night, of course, but when I FINALLY DO fall asleep, sometimes I dream and my foot jerks in my sleep and the pain from doing that wakes me up! Last night I actually dreamt that someone was picking me up and flipping me over (might be my cabin fever) and I said to them, "No! I have a cast on my leg!" Right after that, my foot jerked (it was elevated) and my toes curled, or at least tried to, very fast. The cast didn't move; my foot did, and the pain was MIGHTY.
I'm fine now - in a way I don't know anymore when I'm in pain. I feel my foot all the time, since the cast is heavy, etc. It does hurt a little, but not like last night.
It's really unsettling - hard to be in bed all day and have to go to sleep here too.....if you use your bedroom for everything, it makes it harder to sleep anyway, but now I'm freaked out to fall into a nice deep sleep in case I jerk my foot!
I was posting when my computer went nuts...if this a repeat pose sorry. I was saying that I have had it happen each time I have had foot surgery...this was my 5th. I always thought it was nerves...it always happens at night and usually when I am falling asleep and very relaxed. I don't think it is anything serious, I hope it is just my nerves... it hurts and it freaked me out at first. If it bothers you that bad talk to your DR. I hope it is better soon and you heal quickly!!
I experienced the same thing -- both with my recent bunion surgery, and after my two C-sections. In my case, the "jerking" seemed to be worse when I was still taking pain meds (in both cases Percoset). Maybe because they help you to relax more??? If you are still on pain meds, maybe this is contributing to the problem.
GOD, thank you for clarifying! I thought I was losing my mind or that you decided to get the other foot done early. Man, have you read the one about the girl who was supposed to have double bunionectomy this Friday but got strep throat and postponed, then read these boards and decided maybe not to get both done. She said her Doc told her she would be able to walk right after surgery!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so angry at that doc and told her she should see another doc. THAT IS TRUELY RIDICULOUS. I think it is under Double Bunioectomy thread.
I go to the dr. this Wednesday and have some questions for him. For Instance, why does it look like I have a bunion again right now???? Granted, only a small bump but still!!!!!! I think personally it is swelling and/or Im doing too much. I have been walking 4 miles 3-4 days a week. I also am concerned about my toe still leaning towards second toe and all this swelling!!!!! Ill let you know what he says.
I think it is probably due to swelling.. I got my bandages off today. It looks good, but is swollen, and makes where the bump was look swollen.. I think this swelling goes on for about 6 months.. but not all that pain like we had before.
4 MILES?!?! That would take me all day at this point. I still have pain in the top of my foot when I walk - I guess it's muscular? When I do too much, my ankle just balloons - I hate it! I'm seeing the doc on Thursday and can't wait to ask him more questions.
Yeah, i think maybe 4 miles was pushing my foot too much but I am so trying to lose these 8ish lbs i gained. My foot and ankle still are swollen and I can't wait to go to doc tomorrow to find out about that and my toe moving back over.
Here I sit on my tail now for 10 days.... getting really lazy
I think my nerves and pain meds, plus that big toe reflex kept me up the first 3 days....
But now that the stitches are out, and I'm only taking Advil, I am sleeping like a baby
This has been a good experince for me, I am a certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Specialist RN, in a large hospital.. This has been very humbling, and makes me realize how terrible it can be to be bedridden, even for a short period of time..and to lean on the help of others. My poor little patients have even called me at home to see how I am.
I want to thank you all for your help and support. Funny, I don't know any of you, but I feel I do.. We are all the same, aren't we.
God bless you
I had never been bedridden before either, and it's amazing not only how bored you get, but how easily you lose the initiative to do anything! At least I did. I had intended to start a certain book once I had my surgery. I'd wanted to read it earlier, but I specifically waited because I knew I'd be in bed with nothing to do. I still haven't read it! Am I crazy? All I did was watch TV/Movies, surf the web, and knit. Oh, and do arm exercises when I got really ambitious.
The next foot will be different - there's no way I'm gaining another 12 pounds!