Posted 1/31/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -7)
Thanks for the replies!
I'm trying exericses that I was given with leg in cast.
Feels better today - managed to get downstairs, without crutches!
Diagnosed with lphs (loin pain haematuria syndrome) 1981 - severe kidney pain, relieved by opiates
 
Helen Hawkins
Koorahk Cattery, UK

Posted 1/31/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -7)
Thanks for replies!
Kittens are wonderful. They are 2 weeks old now, eyes open and crawling around!
If you want to know,please phone me.
Diagnosed with lphs (loin pain haematuria syndrome) 1981 - severe kidney pain, relieved by opiates
 
Helen Hawkins
Koorahk Cattery, UK

Posted 2/1/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -7)
whoops, that last bit on my previous posting was a mistake! I meant to say if anyone would like to see photos of my cats/kits please have a look on my website: www.koorahkkoratsdirect.co.uk
Going to buy a pair of sturdy shoes that I can get my silly foot into! The only ones I can wear at the moment are soft summer shoes and no good with all the wet weather we're having!
I tried my outdoor shoes again today and got my foot into it but, it was very tight and uncomfortable - made me feel dizzy!
Excuse my ignorance sjkly, but what is an AFO?
Diagnosed with lphs (loin pain haematuria syndrome) 1981 - severe kidney pain, relieved by opiates
 
Helen Hawkins
Koorahk Cattery, UK

Posted 2/14/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -7)
Hey I have a question for all of you. I also broke my 5th metatarsal like two weeks ago an know I have a cast. So my question is that if any of you guys suffer from pain or numbness in your toe while you had a cast or that is just me. Should i contact my physician. Please help me
Posted 2/14/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -7)
I think some pain is normal, I don't know about the numbness tho. Are your toes normal color, by normal I mean not red or blue/purple (other than bruising)...if so, or they are cold, your foot could be swelling in the cast. You can probably contact the nurse and explain what you feel and she will know what you should do.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and baclofen
 
To handle yourself, use your head...to handle others, use your heart
 
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.

Posted 2/14/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -7)
well my toes are regular color when i have my foot laing straight on pillow, but when i have my foot hanging thats when they turn purple but that about it. Oh!! thanks for your respond it really helped me.
Posted 2/14/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)
Well, your foot does swell more when in a dependent position (hanging down).... Do your symptoms of pain and numbness worsen then, too? I would contact the nurse just to be sure your healing is going as planned. In the meantime, elevate and ice!!!
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and baclofen
 
To handle yourself, use your head...to handle others, use your heart
 
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.

Posted 2/14/2008 7:09 PM (GMT -7)
Thank you very much what a relive you been a great help to me thanks.
Posted 2/17/2008 5:27 AM (GMT -7)
hi again,
I had pain and numbness when in plaster for 5th met # so i wouldn't worry too much. Keep your toes warm with a woolly sock!
Hope it heals quickly and well.

Well, it's 10 weeks since my 5th met# and 4 weeks since the cast came off. My physio referral got lost so, I'm still waiting!
I've been walking, trying with and without crutches. I noticed that I'm still not fully weight bearing and after walking my foot is swollen ands painful, even a short distance and even just pottering about in the house.
I keep getting 'the weepies' but apparently this is quite normal! I'm getting really frustrated - walking with a limp and not as quick as I want to is really getting me down. I know - patience! Just need to vent my feelings to people who understand - thanks!!
I just wonder how much longer it's going to be before I can walk properly?
Some people keep saying I should be ok by now and seem to think I'm making it up, shouldn't still be using crutches, trying to do more etc. It's really hurtful and then has me thinking 'well am I' ? When you feel down things like this upset you so much.

Hope you are all doing well at the moment.
Helen (koorahk)
PS the kittens are nearly 5 weeks old now and climbing onto our bed!
Diagnosed with lphs (loin pain haematuria syndrome) 1981 - severe kidney pain, relieved by opiates
 
Helen Hawkins
Koorahk Cattery, UK

Posted 2/24/2008 4:17 AM (GMT -7)
eyes  Eventually got my physio appt last Friday. Have been referred back to #Clinic as foot and ankle very swollen and painful now - 5 weeks after cast off - after improvement during first 3 weeks after cast off.
Diagnosed with lphs (loin pain haematuria syndrome) 1981 - severe kidney pain, relieved by opiates
 
Helen Hawkins
Koorahk Cattery, UK

Posted 2/24/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)
Ohhh, then I am glad you are going back. It just really su**s when we take a step backwards in recovery... But sounds like you are on top of it, good for you.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and baclofen
 
To handle yourself, use your head...to handle others, use your heart
 
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.

Posted 2/26/2008 1:14 AM (GMT -7)
Yes, I'm glad the physio referred me back to the #Clinic. I was rather surprised when I was discharged when cast taken off. Dr didn't even look at my foot! I thought he would've wanted to see me at least one more time, 4-6 weeks after, just to check all ok.

It's not quite as painful as it was on Friday, when I saw the physio, it's still swollen and swelling a lot more than it had been. There's some new bruising too.

I go to the Osteoporosis Clinic on Thursday - first appt. So, it will be interesting to see what they have to say.

Take care.
Diagnosed with lphs (loin pain haematuria syndrome) 1981 - severe kidney pain, relieved by opiates
 
Helen Hawkins
Koorahk Cattery, UK

Posted 3/4/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -7)
Mochiah said...
eyes  hhh, then I am glad you are going back. It just really su**s when we take a step backwards in recovery... But sounds like you are on top of it, good for you.

Hi Mochiah!  I went back to the #Clinic this afternoon. Looks like I have a severely sprained ankle and soft tissue damage, from the original 5th met# accident, that hasn't resolved yet. So, I was given an Aircast Air-Stirrup Ankle Brace, to stop me going over on my ankle again and to help the ligaments heal. Plenty of rest and elevation, cold packs and limited weight bearing, using crutches etc, for another 3 weeks, until I see the physio again. If she's still not happy with how my foot/ankle looks, or it's not responding to physio, she can refer me back to the #Clinic again.

Has anyone else used an Aircast Air-Stirrup Ankle Brace (not the boot) and if so, how did you find it? I don't find it particularly easy to fit on tight enough to help any, without the top strap digging into my calf! Also, I can't wear it with ny of my own trainers (sneakers) so, I'm back to wearing my husband's! 

I really feel that I need some support for my foot as well. Anyway, I'll see how it goes over the next 2-3 weeks and how the physio goes too, on 22nd March.

I went to the Osteoporosis Clinic, last Friday and have to go for a Bone Scan, sometime in the next 6-10 weeks. Looks like I'm very susceptible to have it. Don't know if I'll be able to take the Calcium/Vit D supplements due to my kidney problem (LPHS) as my GFR is down to 75%. Have to see my GP and get renal function tests done again. I missed one in Decembe as I forgot about it due to the 5th met# etc! I'm supposed to have the tests done about every 12 weeks.

Helen x  eyes   

 

 
 
 


Diagnosed with lphs (loin pain haematuria syndrome) 1981 - severe kidney pain, relieved by opiates
 
Helen Hawkins
Koorahk Cattery, UK

Post Edited (Koorahk) : 3/4/2008 4:37:01 PM (GMT-7)

Posted 3/20/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -7)
eyes  Hi Everyone,
 
have had the Air Cast 2 weeks and it did help the ankle swelling go down. Wasn't able to wear it with my trainers, too uncomfortable so just put another sock over front of my foot and used crutches when out and about. |Felt as if foot and ankle improving.
However, yesterday, despite wearing Air cast my ankle swelled a bit but also my foot! It was very painful too and a lump appeared over # site and pain in forefoot again. When I got home I used cool pack, elevated leg etc but still swollen again later in day after theatre trip in evening. Did same again and also went to bed but this morning my foot was still swollen. My cat, Luca, walked over my forefoot and I yelled out as it hurt so much! It's been very painful all day, even though again I've been using cool packs, elevating leg, used Air cast when went out etc. It's painful over forefoot and side of foot, over # site. I just don't know what to do! My son said if it doesn't improve over next 2-3 days he's taking me to the ER (A & E, Casualty, in UK) and maybe they'll X-ray it again! I just don't want to seem a moaning peson etc!
The Air cast may have helped my ankle but it's not helping my foot! Foot feels a lot more comfortable if I put a  support bandage on it, like before I had the plaster cast and keep my weight off it either completely , or partially.
I can't drive now either I am sooooo fed up!! confused
 
Also one of the boy kittens died just over a week ago and I am very sad about that too - only 8 weeks old, he just stopped eating, suckling etc and faded away. he died in my arms.... sad

On a happier note, Happy Easter to you all.  :-) Helen xx


Diagnosed with lphs (loin pain haematuria syndrome) 1981 - severe kidney pain, relieved by opiates
 
Helen Hawkins
Koorahk Cattery, UK

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