My mother had broken her ankle in several places, she ended up with plates, screws, etc... That was about 15 years ago and she still has pain. I think the doctors have told her its arthritis.
In regards to the meds, keep your eyes open at the various drug stores for their precription discounts. Walmart has $4 for 30 days as do alot of other places, I have seen this at Weiss, Walgreens, Giant just to name a few. The lists arent to big but some things are helpful. It is cheaper for me to do this that to go thru my insurance company sometimes. Also many pharmacutical companies have patient assistance programs. Frequently you can get meds for free if you dont have insurance.
DX: CRPS/RSD full body, Fibro, CP, DDD, DJD, OSA, Syringomyelia, Arachnoiditis, failed fusion non union with hardware issues. Fusions C5-6, L5-S1. SCS trial successful awaiting placement after fusion revison 6/11.
MEDS:Fentanyl Patch 25 & 12.5 mcg, Fentora 100mcg, Oxyfast 10mg, Morphine Sulfate 15mg, AtacandHCT32/12.5mg, Clonidine, Zofran.