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Old 11-10-2011, 11:51 AM   #1
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Pain management for a broken ankle?

Hi Everyone,

I'm sure my case isn't as bad or severe as others on here but I had a few questions. 10/20/11 I broke my ankle. I was first diagnosed as a severe sprain (which I also have). Well 4-5 weeks down the road I am still in really,really bad pain. Granted not as bad as the first night but enough to almost bring me to tears. The doctors just keep telling me to take NSAID's and I keep telling them they don't help with the pain. I saw a Orthopedic Specialist today and he was telling me that the bone is healing but was also a severe sprain and will take another 3-6months to heal. I have a 6yr old daughter and work F/T so I am not able to rest it as much as I probably should. All the doctors are just telling me to "deal with" the pain. I have never had an addiction and have been doing everything in my possible power to help the healing process, but I am still in large quantities of pain. Has anyone been in this position? What can I do to make them understand that i not a "drug seeker" but that i simply can NOT handle the pain anymore? They are NOT listening to me.

 
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Re: Pain management for a broken ankle?

And if it helps I'm probably about a 6-7 on the pain scale listed on the board above. Pretty much constantly

 
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Re: Pain management for a broken ankle?

Well, there's two schools of thought. One is, for an acute injury, you don't WANT to relieve the pain too much, because then the patient is more likely to push too hard and make the injury worse. The other is, you should still be able to sleep and think straight.

I fractured a bone in my knee last winter. The ER initially missed the fracture, and the orthopedist I eventually saw did not believe in pain treatment. I can't have NSAIDS or tylenol, hence my pain went untreated. It wore on me, every day was hard, but ultimately I survived. Now, I will never go through something like that again, I don't care what I have to do.

Now, if you have a primary doctor that you trust, you might be able to get some pain relief by specifically asking for it and emphasizing that it is really difficult to tolerate.

 
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Re: Pain management for a broken ankle?

thanks for empathizing a little. I know I will "survive" but it would be nice to have a smidgen of comfort in the interim. And I did talk to my regular PCP. I guess they just don;t get how much it hurts but, as they say, such is life. It's annoying that there are people out there who have ruined it, for people who really do need help with pain. I'm sure you all have experienced it. Well, I'll just have to tough it out i guess. Hope everything goes well for you and thanks for your answer

 
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Re: Pain management for a broken ankle?

By the way, the 3-6 months is for the sprain. Most of your constant pain is probably coming from the fracture, and once that heals, you will feel a lot better.

My knee is still messed up (lucky me), but that's just the soft tissue. The constant pain stopped after a few weeks once the fracture healed, and then it only hurt with activity.

Have you tried elevating at night, to bring down the swelling? Are you in a cast or a boot?

 
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Re: Pain management for a broken ankle?

Since They didn't diagnosed the fracture until 4 almost 5 weeks after just a "boot' brace. Although I had put it back on a week or so ago and I simply couldn't walk on it. And yes ever since the injury I have slept on my couch with my foot propped up well above my heart. i have been doing the "RICE" treatment since it happened.I just think the fracture healing process was slowed as I have been weight bearing on it this whole time under the assumption it was only a sprain.

 
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Re: Pain management for a broken ankle?

Hi,

I was wondering if the pain was making your blood pressure go up? This would be a sign as to how much pain you are in. Maybe you can ask for a Pain Management referral? Let him/her know you're not looking for anything long term and he can taper you down when he's ready but you're dying here. Good luck I hate to see anyone in such pain.

 
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