I am a 28yr old single mother of a 8yr old dancing diva. I not only have a pain issue, but have also been dx with major depression and PCOS.
My pain story starts on Halloween night at about 7. We had finished Trunk-or-Treating and were getting ready to go home. I was going to bring my two middle nieces home to spend the night so we were at their house getting the needed things. I was finishing getting my 2yr old niece ready to leave and was going down the stairs. I thought I was on the bottom stair and wasn't. Needless to say my right ankle rolled under and I heard a "pop" and down we went. When my sister came running up to the landing, I was still holding my niece (she came away unscathed). My mom came to take me to the ER where the avulsion fracture was discovered, I left the ER with a backslab splint and instructions to go see the orthopedic surgeon (OS). At the OS I was put in a camwalker (aka the boot or DARTH) and was non-weight bearing (NWB). I have gone to the ortho every week and last week was told to start walking, and was given a cortisone shot. I have been able to walk about 10 steps before the pain starts and then I have pain for the rest of the day. I went to the OS today and he was not impressed that I was still using crutches. My x-rays look great, and the fracture is healing good. He told me that people who have broken their ankles in car accidents are farther along than I am at 4 weeks, pain wise. He said that there is something else going on, possibly nerve/soft tissue damage. No kidding, I've been trying to tell him that since my first visit. Not once has anyone said anything about the grade 3 sprain I suffered that caused the break. So off to the pain management dr I go next week.
I have been off work since The Fall, as I like to call it, and cannot go back until I have a full medical clearance. According to my OS, that will be when we figure out what the underlying cause of the pain is and when it is under control. Oh yeah, I don't have insurance, and don't qualify for any state insurance either. My OS bills are high enough, I'm scared to see what the PM bills are going to be like.