… one more thing that i forgot to add to my previous entry. though i know this might sound crazy, i had a very odd/troubling experience the other night where i woke up in the middle of the night and suddenly was feeling very anxious and restless in my injured/right leg and feeling a great need/urge to be able to bend that foot/ankle and not liking the feeling of it being constrained.. this seemed odd to me as it’s not like this cast is new, and i’ve been casted for the past 5 weeks. however, this episode was very troubling as it felt as if i was very close to having a nervous breakdown/panic attack and was having this overwhelming urge to tear/cut my cast off of my foot. This “episode” lasted for approximately 2-3 hours though i eventually was sort of able to calm myself down by doing some deep breathing/distracting myself by watching TV, but still ended up having what I can only describe as a “low level anxious” feeling the rest of the day. Thankfully I did not experience anything of the sort last night, so not sure if it was just an isolated thing or something that might come back. I’d like to consider myself a pretty “mentally/emotionally sound” person who has no history of significant anxiety/panic attacks or any other mental/emotional issues, and I actually work in the mental health field so am very familiar w/ways to help cope w/anxiety/panic, but none of the usual techniques worked during this episode, which scares me for if I have another such. I did some “research” to see if others have had any similar experiences, and found something called “cast claustrophobia” which i’m sure is far from a “real” condition, but at least there are some others who have experienced something similar. Has anyone here experienced anything of the sort and/or have any advice for how to cope? I asked me doctor to prescribe me something just in case this happens again, and he prescribed me Xanax, but I really am not a “pill popper” and usually like to try anything I can before resorting to medications.
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