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Posted By : dmb124 - 3/30/2017 9:37 AM
Good Morning to all,

I broke my ankle three months ago. No surgery (yay!). I am finally off crutches and out of the boot as of 4 weeks ago. Still have pain, swelling, and difficulties walking/weight bearing. Ortho thinks I have ligament and tendon damage causing these problems. I have still been working and living my life! I refuse to let this get me down. I am supposed to begin physical therapy on Monday. I'm concerned because I haven't had an MRI or other scan for this injury. I'm wondering if anyone else thinks this should have been done prior to this point? I have enough issues with Fibro and other problems. I really want my ankle to heal correctly! That being said the fracture is healing but slowly. Does anyone know if Fibro affects your healing rate?

Fibro, RA, GERD, hiatal hernia, migraines, TMD, hypermobility joint disorder

Posted By : Sherrine - 3/30/2017 10:23 AM
Michele, it sounds like you are doing fine. I'm sure x-rays were taken at some point, weren't they? That's how they most likely determined if you needed surgery. I have never noticed that fibro slowed down my healing of anything! I had major abdominal surgery and the doctors were amazed at how fast I healed...and I had already been diagnosed with fibro.

My mother broke her ankle when she was in her mid-30's and it took quite a while to feel better but she still had a little problem occasionally decades later.

My father-in-law broke his ankle and did need surgery and it too took a while to heal.

Neither of these people had fibro. I think you need to remember this is a weight bearing part of your body and it constantly moves when you walk! So it's not getting the "rest" then let's say a broken arm would get. You don't start lifting heavy things when a cast is taken off your arm because it's still healing. So I think this is what is going on with your ankle and will take more time. If you can walk without help I think that's good. I'm not a doctor but I think you ortho would run more tests if they didn't think things were healing normally.

I'm glad you are moving forward. That's important.


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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 3/30/2017 10:26:52 AM (GMT-6)

Posted By : Ljm2014 - 3/30/2017 5:34 PM
Soft tissue damage can take longer than a bone to heal..

The physical therapy can really help..

I had a very old ankle injury that was never detected, which eventually was discovered by an awesome therapist..i still feel it with barometric changes..

But sherrine is right about it being a weight baring joint and harder to heal..

My ankle specialist wanted a topical anti inflammatory with micro current therapy..the pt scoffed at that..but it did truly help.

Alternating heat and cold help soft tissue issues also..

Speedy healing!!!

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