Jun 26 2008

All Right, Who Slid the Ice Picks down my cast?

Published by marianne at 7:55 am under Uncategorized

Need some input here…..I’m 3 wks post-op in cast, had stitches/staples out a week ago, and last night as I was making my regular trip to the bathroom using wheelchair and crutches combo, I developed stabbing pains in my whole foot.  The pain was the worst I have experienced so far to the point of me weeping hysterically for an hour….popped more ibuprofen and darvocet although my husband said, “take the vicodine”, but because of the loopiness factor/panic attack stuff I said, “i can’t”…..

Well, this experience has me really afraid of the reality of horrific pain.  I don’t know if this is to be expected, because even though I understand this to be a very long road to recovery, I was assuming being 3 wks post-op, the worst of the pain was over…..Anyone else have this experience with the extreme pain this far after surgery? 

I am stressed to say the least and afraid of that pain coming back….I’ve been following all advice regarding keeping leg elevated and doing nothing but resting, but come on…..I do have to occasionally use the bathroom…..Any words of wisdom would be appreciated :)  Thanks, Your blogging buddy, Marianne

4 Responses to “All Right, Who Slid the Ice Picks down my cast?”

  1. Ed Formanon 26 Jun 2008 at 8:20 am

    Pain at that stage is not, as I understand, unusual. Remember, your whole foot, not just the ATR, suffers trauma as a result of the rupture, surgery and immobilization. If you have ANY concerns that the pain is ATR or incision related, CALL YOUR DOCTOR. If not, take a deep breath and remember that its all part of the healing process.

    Hang in there!!


  2. marianneon 26 Jun 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Nurse at the docs office just returned my call regarding the stabbing pains i was experiencing. She says that it’s normal if you are elevating your leg all day to have the stabbing feeling when your foot is waking up. The combo of swelling and the foot coming down from being raised all day……I guess that makes sense, but man i hope my foot doesn’t wake up like that ever again……

    Thanks Ed!!


  3. sheilaon 27 Jun 2008 at 12:12 am

    Maybe better to bring down for a few minutes at a time to allow better circulation and keep it from getting to that point? I tend to keep mine elevated most of the time although the last two days I’ve been sitting up and maybe 1/2 the time will have it elevated but not above my heart. More about 90 degrees out from my hips.

    Sorry you have to go through that but has to be a relief that it isn’t unusual or anything to be alarmed by.

  4. sanfrantourguideon 06 Sep 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Everyone with this injury should have a port-a-potty toilet right next to the bed, even if they do not use it every time. Sometimes one simply needs to piss badly, and one can easily slip or fall in that eagerness. To me, this $10 used toilet was a godsend in a house with others - who sometimes block that bathroom!

    The portable toilet is also the perfect solution for the shower. Sit on it, and use the handles for support going in and out, almost like a walker.

    This type of equipment is often sold used in charity shops near hospitals. Ask around before buying one new.


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