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42 hours post op

May 31st, 2008 by screwdriver

ok guys , things are a lot better after the surgery . the nerve block went out 15 hours after it was administered with the pain level 8 out of 10. I stated on percocet for 24 hours only as i cannot tolerate this medication . i have a lot of these percocet left (80 tablets) and i dont know what to do with them. i switched to ibuprofen after 24 hours and pain is now under control.
i have been elevating my leg most of the time - the hard part is trying to force yourself to get up to try to move around , to toilet and bathe .
I felt after the surgery i have some other aches and pain maybe from positioning during the surgery as my neck, and unaffected leg are sore.
the other thing im working on is my constipation - from the pain meds .
My wife is an angel and has been very understanding and supportive , my 5 year old son as well . i can say im over the depression now and my mind is more on other things productive .
tnx a lot guys and ill keep you posted.

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day 11 , finally surgery ……….

May 29th, 2008 by screwdriver

to update you guys - i had my injury may 18,2008 , first doctor appt may 21 2008, second opinion may 28,2008.
Today i had the surgery at 3pm , im now home (10:00pm). Im had general anesthesia and a nerve block . I had open surgery .I have a cast right now and in my bed with my leg elevated . i have 80 tablets of percocet waiting to be consumed. my leg is numb and i cant feel anything - difficult to walk with crutches a it screws up my balance having a numb and weak leg. i have been urinating like every 10 minutes at this time ( they might have loaded me up on fluids during the surgery).
anything you guys can think of that might help me after surgery ?

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Hello world!

May 24th, 2008 by screwdriver

Hi guys . Im new and i find this site really helpful. Im 38 yo male who id say is active 3-4x a week doing road cycling , basketball running ,and tennis. I injured my left achilles may 18,2008 in a basketball game . I really thought went i went up to jump that someone stepped at the back of my left shoe and prevented me from jumping ,there was a loud pop that almost eveyone heard, then a sharp pain did set in from my ankle going up.I knew it was not a typical ankle sprain injury , i now after a few minutes that my achilles tendon is screwed up.
i went home and did not really go to the ER. For the next 48-72 hours i did RICE .It was not painful . I was not able to see a doctor til may 21 2008 and they took an MRI.the ortho doctor said he thinks it will heal comparably with a surgical approach as there are still fibers intact .The thompson test is positive but im able to move my L ankle to point it down with gravity resisting it.
Im not too optimistic as the MRI reports almost complete tear and stats most of the time points to surgery for younger active individuals. The doctor put me in a long leg cast with my knee in 45 degrees flexio and ankle in 25 degree plantarflexion. This cast is torture and i a bit claustrophobic and it still drives me crazy.
at this point i called my insurance to allow me to go for a 2nd opinion and i have an appt for may 28,2008 with a specialist .
im at home at this time and whats bugging me is the depression , the transision from active to inactive . A lot of tigs that require a lot of time to do or cant do at all independently.Trying to accept i will out of work for a long time.
Im banking on this specialist and will probably heed his advice .
I just wanna know ore info how you guys decided on anaesthesia , and if you guys had the surgery as an outpatient or inpatient procedure.

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