Eight weeks and it takes my rheumy to discover the extent of the ankle injuries

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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
My dealings with my health care providers is an entirely different rant...
My rheumy ultrasounded my ankle that I injured when I stood up 8 weeks ago. In addition to the  fibula bone fragment that snapped off, I have two totally torn ligaments. No healing apparent. The ligament ends at the tears are flapping around when the ankle moves. I have been in this boot cast for eight weeks. I am ready to get rid of it.
Shall we bet on whether the ankle doctor lets mt get rid of it tomorrow? My rheumy was making noise about how he didn't think surgery would be good for me considering me disease. When I asked how long it would take for the ligaments to calcify together if I remained in the boot he was evasive and told me that was the ankle docs area. I take this to mean it could be quite a long time.
I am seriously upset that I was not given the proper treatment in the beginning....that's for another day. I shall let you all know what the doctor says tomorrow.
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   Posted 2/7/2008 3:05 AM (GMT -7)   
One problem with connective tissue disorders, esp. for me, is everything takes FOREVER to heal. I have Sjogrens and RA and even something as small as an infections or a simple cut takes a long time. I am on my 7th dose of antibiotics for some infections I have now. Did the Rheumy let you in on this little secret? Hang in there!!!! SerumNegative





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   Posted 2/7/2008 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ides,
Sorry what you have been going throught. Hopefully the anke doctor takes the boot off.

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   Posted 2/7/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope they are able to find something to aid in the healing and that you will be able to not only be out of the boot but to do so comfortably.

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   Posted 2/7/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
just read your post ides, sounds like you have to be your own advocate. how did you do at the doctors today???? how did you find out so much later that you had the torn ligaments? did he for some reason re read the results? oh well i do wish you the best and hope all go well for the future recovery. take care ides. andhugs yally

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   Posted 2/17/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ides.. Just wanted to check in with you... I have been having internet issues lately.. what did your doc say? Are you still in the boot? I'm sorry things are going poorly for you.. I hope things are starting to look up? Please let us know..
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