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    Anyone ever broken an ankle?

    I have an oblique fracture of the distal portion of the fibula. Had a bad reaction to new high blood pressure medication - passed out, smacked my head on floor and broke my ankle.

    Just wondering how long before it starts to feeling better? Did this last Saturday morning. Went to urgent care doctor, regular doctor and orthopedic surgeon and I'm in a large boot. Still hurts like mad. Can't be up for anytime at all before the swelling takes over and becomes very painful. See orthopedic doctor again on Tuesday for another x-ray and advice.

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    Back in 1995, I fell on my way into work. Had a trimalleolar fracture of my right ankle - that's both bones broken and displaced. Had surgery with insertion of nail and plate with about 5 screws. Casted for 2 months. I was a nurse back then, so didn't get back to work for 4-5 months. One year later I had the plate and screws removed. Big nail is still there.

    Advice - keep it elevated as much as you possibly can - with an ice bag. Sit on the couch with a good book. It is really important to stay off that leg as much as possible right now. Take tylenol or motrin or pain meds if they gave you a different kind. It's going to take awhile before he pain level goes down. Bone pain is not nice.

    Bones heal in 6-8 weeks.

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    Ouch, I passed out once under the same circumstances, but didn't hurt myself. Are you limited by HBP from taking
    any certain kind of pain relievers? Sounds like a double whammy for you. I hope you have a little help around the house so you
    can get all the rest you need while you heal.
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    Broke my ankle a very long time ago, I was 12. It took me 2 days to convince my parents it was broken and I needed to see a doctor. Then, after 8 weeks the cast came off, too early, still broken but my dad said we were done waiting for the doctor. Now, all these years later it bothers me when the weather is damp or a change is coming.

    Keep your foot elevated as much as you can. That will help. Do as the doctors advise so you heal properly so you don't have future issues with it.

    Sending you a really big hug.
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    No, Thankfully I've never broken an ankle. I'm sorry for your distress and discomfort. Hang in there and do not overdo.

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    Thanks for the good thoughts. Hoping but fearing they will put a hard cast on it this week. At least with the boot, I can take it off to bathe.

    I'm going crazy sitting. Spent the last three days sitting in a chair or in bed. My hips hurt from laying on them. I can take tylenol or pain meds but really hate to rely on them.

    Trying to figure out how I'm going to work when it begins to hurts so bad after I sit up for 20-30 minutes. Dr wanted me off at least last week and said I can go back on Monday.

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    I never have, but LAdy's Human did - but didn't even realize it until many years later, long after it has healed. He remembered banging his ankle on a conveyor belt, knew it HURT but ignored it ... so he wouldn't be one to ask for advice! Thankfully I have never broken a bone, and the only bone that a surgeon ever cut into was my skull, so that doesn't bear weight or ever need to be flexible, and I was too busy relearning things like how to sit up and walk to pay attention to whether it hurt and for how long!
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