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4teensandababy Mon 12-Mar-18 17:31:59

This is going to be long, please bear with me. (Prob very outing too)

A week ago today I had ankle surgery. In June I fractured my ankle. This was missed. A subsequent MRI in September showed a fractured Calcaneus with a non-union. Surgery last week, was to remove the bone that had failed to reattach itself. It was meant to be keyhole, but in the end they needed to open up the ankle to get to it.

It was day surgery, and I was discharged in the afternoon. I went home and had a little sleep. I woke up to a bloodbath, blood had soaked through the padding and pressure bandages (for context, it was all over the carpet, stairs, floor etc). I called the ward back, and they said they couldn’t touch me as I’d been discharged so go to a&e, which I duly did. Bleeding was caused by a huge haematoma, which was subsequently drained and re-bandaged.

No further problems, and recovery was going really well. I could weight bare partially with crutches etc. Until yesterday morning.

I woke up in the most unimaginable pain. I couldn’t even touch my toe to the floor (still can’t). I called 111, and they were getting out of hours to call me back. Now this pain is like my ankle is on fire. But weirdly it’s not over the wound, it’s to the outside of my heel. After 6 hours and no call back, I called 111 back, and after 30 mins they advised me to go to a&e, which I did.

I saw the same fantastic nurse I had last week, and she stripped the bandaging off. I needed gas & air and morphine as even the lightest touch on my skin was unbearable. I had the ankle x-rayed. The nurse said the wound looks red, and she called Orthopedics. When the registrar arrived he took a quick look and said its fine. Just send me home with painkillers, it’s all part of the normal healing process. He actually made me feel really silly for bein
g there. Nurse was surprised, but bandaged me back up and off I went.

Now is 24 hours since I returned from a&e. The pain is still unbearable. Oramorph is not touching it. When I stand up (with crutches) it’s like all the pressure rushes to my ankle and I cry in pain. I can barely move my toes. Can’t flex my ankle at all anymore (I was able to a few days ago).

I called my GP in tears. She told me to go back to a&e as this isn’t right. I know it’s not right. Why would it suddenly get so bad when recovery was going so well? Do I go back, and risk being chastised, or do I wait it out and see if it improves? WWYD?

Sorry it’s so long......

Bubblysqueak Mon 12-Mar-18 17:34:26

Your gp has advised to go back so go back asap.

FluffyWuffy100 Mon 12-Mar-18 17:35:06

No way is that part of the normal healing process.

Go back!

mummyretired Mon 12-Mar-18 17:35:46

I'd go back. Your GP has told you to, don't ignore her.

steff13 Mon 12-Mar-18 17:35:54

Your doctor told you to go, I'd go. Can the doctor's office call in and tell them you're coming? They do that here, so the ER is expecting you.

Thesmallthings Mon 12-Mar-18 17:36:17

I can understand not wanting to but you really must.

If it makes you feel "better" keep telling your self that your gp has told you a d remeber sometime even doctors get it wrong so you are entitled and should deff get a second opione

RagamuffinCat Mon 12-Mar-18 17:36:32

I would go back, especially since the GP has advised it.

Corblimeyguv Mon 12-Mar-18 17:38:37

Oh OP, that sounds awful. Yes, go back and trust your instincts- don’t leave until they have worked out the source of your pain.

Really hope you’re all better soon x

GuntyMcGee Mon 12-Mar-18 17:39:08

Definitely go back. And don't be discharged without definite answers and reasonable explanations as to why you're in so much pain. A week post-op you should be feeling better, not worse!

Darkstar4855 Mon 12-Mar-18 17:40:04

Go back to A&E. They gave you treatment, the treatment isn’t working therefore it is entirely reasonable to go back and see what else can be done.

It’s highly unlikely to be the same orthopaedic registrar on duty as yesterday, if that helps.

frankie001 Mon 12-Mar-18 17:40:23

Go back. This isn’t right.

whoareyoukidding Mon 12-Mar-18 17:41:30

You poor thing, go straight back and good luck.

Stormwhale Mon 12-Mar-18 17:45:23

Absolutely go back. Tell them you have spoken to your gp and theu have said this is absolutely not normal and needs investigating.

Gazelda Mon 12-Mar-18 17:48:22

Go back. You know this isn't right. It's not going to get better on its own. Insist on another full examination.

Mishappening Mon 12-Mar-18 17:49:34

I have exactly the same non-healed fracture with the end pulled off the calcaneum and floating around. I was offered surgery to remove the fragment, but when I went for my pre-op they said they had decided that I needed a full fusion of the bones of the foot. I researched this in detail and turned it down for a whole host of reasons: lengthy recovery, dubious outcome etc. Especially as I am carer for my OH.

So the fragment is still there 3 years later. I simply limp now and use a stick out of doors.

I had exactly the same problem of trying to convince the ortho docs that something was not right - I had 2 fractures and they missed the calcaneum fracture even though I kept telling them that something was wrong as I could not put my foot to the floor because of the pain. They just dismissed it, and I had to go to a specialist hospital to get the diagnosis right.

I am so sorry you are going through this misery - stick to your guns. If you are in that much pain then something is not right. flowers

4teensandababy Mon 12-Mar-18 17:58:21

Thanks everyone. I know I need to go, I guess I just needed that bit of reassurance that I wasn’t time wasting.

Mishappening Sorry you’ve had the same injury. It’s awful. The reason I wanted the surgery is because it was a sporting injury. The consultant assured me that without it I wouldn’t be able to play said sport again, and it would always be painful. I was told I could be playing again 12 weeks post op, which sounded great to me. Right now, I’m thoroughly regretting it.

Mrsemcgregor Mon 12-Mar-18 18:11:00

Good luck OP, you are doing the right thing. Get well soon flowers

Mishappening Mon 12-Mar-18 19:26:49

I do hope there will be a good end result for you.

It is very common for this fracture to be missed.

Let us know how you go. Good luck.

Mishappening Tue 13-Mar-18 13:37:45

Just bumping this - are you OK? Have they sorted out the problem?

Ellendegeneres Tue 13-Mar-18 13:49:11

Gosh I hope you’re ok op

Trinity66 Tue 13-Mar-18 13:54:17

That sounds horrendous, I hope you got it sorted when you went back

Travis1 Tue 13-Mar-18 14:02:08

Hope you got sorted OP, sounds horrific flowers

bigbluebus Tue 13-Mar-18 14:10:18

An orthopaedic reg once told me DD's fractured femur was fixed and insisted her plaster cast be removed. She was in agony I demanded a repeat x-ray. Far from healing, the bone had actually moved. The plaster cast was replaced and the consultant brought in to apologise and pick up the pieces.
Go back and demand a second opinion OP.

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