Still pain in ankle one year after surgery

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sayyadina
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   Posted 6/23/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
One of my ankles was injured a year and a half ago, when I fell off one of my ponies & got run over, with her stepping on my ankle. Have had MRI & xrays done, and there is nothing visibly damaged. But on some days, especially when its cold & damp my ankle will hurt, sometimes to the point where I can't walk on it.

cass
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   Posted 6/24/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for replying. The cortisone injection site on my ankle got bigger it seems and it is still discolored. The bruising is still around it and there is also bruising to the right of it. It is still painful. Should I have my doctor look at this?
Cassie

anice
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   Posted 6/24/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Cassie, Sorry to just now post. I just got finished reading everything. And yes, if you had your injection a week ago, still have bruising and still painful then, you do need to call your doctor back and make an appt. to be seen. He may want to do xrays or an mri to determine what exactly is going on. Please call an make a appt.I think it will make you feel better. And besides that, you will know what is going on and why. Good luck to you. Keep posting here in the meantime. We will be here to offer support and encouragement. I also want to welcome you to this forum. I am sorry for your pain. But you have come to the right place.
anice

sayyadina
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   Posted 6/24/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Probably not what you want to hear, but when I was having issues with one of my knees I got a cortisone injection which made the pain WORSE. Had to have another surgery on it, which seems to have helped.

cass
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   Posted 6/24/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for replying. The reason why I got a cortisone injection is because I had ankle surgery over a year ago and it was starting to bother me recently and my ankle surgeon thought it was inflammation so that is why he gave me a cortisone injection.

I did call my doctor regarding the injection site: the size, discoloration, bruising, and soreness and he gave me prescription pain pills and told me to ice it for now and if that doesn't work, then I would need to go back and see him.

I had a cortisone injection in my left wrist before I had wrist surgery about six months ago and I ddn't have any complications with that one.

Cassie

straydog
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   Posted 6/25/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Cassie how is the ankle looking? Have you been back to the dr yet? Susie
Straydog/Susie
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cass
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   Posted 6/25/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for replying.   I called my doctor regarding the cortisone injection and he gave me prescription pain pills and he told me to ice it.  If that does't work, then I would need to go back and see him.   The injection site is still discolored with bruising around it and bruising to the right of it.  I am still feeling pain from the injection site from over a week ago when I got it.  Has anyone else got cortisone injections?  If you have, did you have any complications with it?
 
Cassie

straydog
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   Posted 6/26/2009 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cassie,

Yes, I have had more steroid injections than I can possbily count. I have had both knees injected, back and neck and right shoulder. Never one time did I ever bruise as you have. I am going to suggest that you go ahead and make an appt with the dr so he can take a look at this. If I were in your shoes this is what I would do. I am not a dr, but it almost sounds like you have a hematoma on that ankle, so please call and get an appt and let us know.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


cass
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   Posted 6/28/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for replying.  My ankle is still sore from the cortisone injection.  The injection site is still discolored and large.  There is still bruising around it and to the right of it.  This had been over two weeks now.  I am worried!  What should I do?
 
Cassie

straydog
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   Posted 6/29/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Cassie, if it were me I would call the dr and schedule an appt to be seen ASAP. You should not have all this bruising going on this late. If you have a digital camera go ahead and take a pic of the ankle in the event you have to wait some time for the appt. I think you have have done enough of the wait and see routine. Let ua know what you find out.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


cass
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   Posted 7/1/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for replying.  I did call last week and talked to the nurse and she talked to the physicians assistant and he just prescribed prescription pain pills which gave me wicked headaches and had to stop taken them. I was so upset that he didn't take the time to look at the injection site.
 
The doctor who gave me the injection was a physicians assistant. This was the same doctor I saw a couple of weeks post op. after I had ankle surgery over a year ago. This wasn't the same ankle surgeon I had during my surgery, who gave me the injection almost three weeks ago.
 
Should I call my regular doctor? PCP?

That injection in my ankle is bothering me alot.  It had been almost three weeks and the injection site is still big and discolored.  There is still bruising around the site and to the right of the site.  How would I know if it was infected or not?

Any adivce would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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straydog
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   Posted 7/1/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Cassie call your PCP ASAP and get an appt. Like I told you before, I have had numerous injections in various joints and I never have done any of this before.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


cass
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   Posted 7/6/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for replying.  I called my PCP about the injection and I talked to the nurse and she said that they don't take care of cortisone injections.  So what do I do now?

Shoiuld I call the physicians assistant back and tell him about the injection?  The injection sitre had not got any better, it is still discolored and the bruising is still there, and is still sore and this has been almost 2 1/2 weeks ago.

Cassie


straydog
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   Posted 7/6/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Cassie first off I would stop talking to nurses over the phone. Just call and get an appt from who ever asnwers and schedules appts. If asked why you need to be seen simply say continued ankle pain, offer up no further explanation, end of story. I would get this appt with either who ever did the surgery or my PCP. They will see Iyou feel certain , but with the PCP I would not go into all the detail over the phone again.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


cass
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   Posted 7/16/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for repying.  I also have a small bump to the right of the injection site. Do you know what this could be?

It is over three weeks since I got the cortisone injection and the symptoms from that injection are still here and now I have a small bump.
Do you think the physicians assistant that inserted that injection over three weeks ago will finally see me? 
 
Cassie

bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/16/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   

You may have a hematoma, hope that is spelled right.  I developed swelling and bruising on my cheek after a shot from my dentist.  It developed soon after I got my tooth worked on.  Can't remember if I iced first then heat or the other way around.  A hematoma can occur anytime you get a shot.  The way I understand it is a blood vessel gets nicked by the needle.  I looked like someone had punched my in the face and it lasted quite long.  Started out dark purple then faded to yellow just like any bruise.  Still check with your doctor but I'd guess a hematoma.  Flipped me out when I got mine too, I didn't know what was happening.

I've had surgery for torn meniscus twice on my left knee.  If I use it too much like running or riding bike it will swell up and get sore.  Sometimes I think that anytime we have surgery we also develop arthritis at a later date.  The metal allergy is also a good possibility, I know I am allergic to alot of metal.  I've also got metal in my neck and back but no problems with it as far as allergic reaction.  It doesn't even set off the metal detector at airports.

Good Luck and hope you can find some relief.

Jag


cass
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw my ankle surgeon a couple of weeks ago and I had just found out that I have a bone spur on the top of my right foot (the same foot and ankle that I had surgery on in April 2008). He told me to do some ankle exercises to relieve some of the pain. He didn't do anything with the bone spur yet. I go see him again October 15. My question is: Will the ankle exercises help the bone spur disappear or will I need to get surgery to remove the bone spur?

Cassie

heathersolomon
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   Posted 2/17/2013 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know how one can ease the deep throbbing pain that starts in the ankle and shoots up to the knee. I do not have insurance, but did at the time I had surgery to repair my broken ankle. It is being held together with hardware. Any advice would be appreciated

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   Posted 2/17/2013 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
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