PM Doc appointment today and a sprained ankle

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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 3/17/2011 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
SO embarrassed again, but at least I embarrassed myself at home this time. My family went to the church yesterday for the boys' music lessons and for my fiance and I to check on supplies for a fundraiser. Silly me thought I could help the men hang the banner for our fundraiser. What was I thinking trying to climb a ladder and hang a huge sign? Needless to say, I was banished inside to do the girly stuff. When we got home, I fainted trying to get out of the car banging up my arm and hip, and twisting my ankle. smhair
I have my appointment with my PM doc today too, and have to sit in a car for 3 hours total today. I can't bear weight on my right foot at all. I am on a contract too (I asked for one) and if I cancel, I don't get my medications. So off I go today.

This complicates things now. My fiance is upset that I am fainting again because he doesn't want me to get hurt. I can't blame him, but making him worry makes me feel bad. Poor guy had to half carry me into the house last night. With all the weight gain, that is no small task.

There is always something happening. Off to see the pain doc and hope he has an idea of whats up with my ankle now!

Praying for you all today, for a low pain day, a little more freedom, and happiness !
Mindy

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   Posted 3/17/2011 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
 
     Mindy, do they know what is causing you to faint? That can be very, very serious and extremely dangerous! I wouldn't even want to take a bath for fear of drowning. shocked Cooking over a hot stove would be a no no as well! shocked
 
       How long are you out when it happens and can you tell when it is coming on?
 
           Is this related to your pain or is it something else?
 
     Please oh please do be very careful!
 
       SE wink         

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   Posted 3/17/2011 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Does your dr know about these fainting spells? I cannot imagine a dr letting just go on and act as if they are normal part of CP because they are not. When I started fainting my drs did not leave me to my own devices. Another problem with a person fainting is it puts the patient at high risk for injury. Something is not quite right.
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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 3/17/2011 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
The doctors know about the fainting spells and yes they are related to my pain. It is called a vasovagal syncope, and can be brought on by pain. They are typically short, less than 2 minutes. I do know they are coming on most of the time, but sometimes when the pain is very bad, I have been trying to ignore it to get something done and ignore my body's response, then I don't get down or to a relaxing state before I faint. That is why I do not drive for a long distance.
I have been extensively tested and there is no neurological or cardiac reason for this. I actually fainted in the doctor's office during an injection into the trigger spot, so they got to see it first hand.

My ankle is only sprained! YAY! Icing, elevation for today, then gentle motion tomorrow and to be increased slowly with lots of ice, an ace bandage, and elevation after activity. Thank you for being concerned. It is always something.

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   Posted 3/17/2011 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
            Ic! Well just be very careful, and does your Dr, know that you drive with this condition? I cannot imagine him letting you do this! However if you can tell a good while in advance that it is comming on, that would help to some point, but driving....I just would not take the chance.
 
         My employer would not let me run a machine at all if this was my case. I can see where this would be pretty scary to live with!
 
            I'm so sorry you have to live with this condition.
 
              Good luck to you and please do be careful.
 
 SE wink

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   Posted 3/17/2011 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Fainting spells are so embarassing to me (and to my daughter). They almost always come at the most inopportune time and we both tend to display our bodies in the most unpleasant way. I wish there were a way to stop this reaction, but, as you have said, this seems to be a pain response and will likely continue as long as there is pain this severe.

I hope your poor foot and ankle are feeling better soon. Sometimes a sprain is so painful that it will bring on the other feelings. Have you considered a walker (with the seat)? I don't know what they call them exactly, but I know Medicaid/Medicare recently paid for one for my friend's mother. We also have access to them (in a cheaper version) at the local Freds s tore. A walker would help steady you and the seat may be just the ticket for the feeling faint. Then you could sit with the sides helping to steady you. Again, it's just an idea and I do understand not wanting to use a walker in public. it's hard enough to use mine at home, but too much for me when I'm out in town. I hope to stay with the cane for town (on my bad days...but I think I'm going to ask for the rolling/seat/walker prescription from someone). Perhaps my PCP or PM will write a script for one.

Good luck!
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   Posted 3/17/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Are the fainting spells when your pain level spikes? It sounds like your pain is not under control if this is when they occur. Sure does not sounds like anything acceptable because of the risks involved.
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   Posted 3/17/2011 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
SE, I only drive on good days and for very short distances because of the fainting. If I am having a bad day or have activity to do I don't drive. Pretty much I drive only when I am feeling good, and no more than 5 miles from home.

My PM doctor thinks that because I have "visceral pain" (pain that deals with organs and deep in the body) that it may be the reason I faint. It is when the pain spikes. The issue with adequate control is that some days a gentle reach causes only moderate pain, and other days any reaching or stretching causes severe pain.

It makes it hard to plan for anything. I just have to pray that its a good day when we do something.
Retiredmom, We are considering a walker with a seat for around the house. The bad days come and my fiance does the in public stuff. By now my good friends that I visit know about the fainting and are very good with helping. I usually sit or lay down in time at their homes or church, but occasionally I miss it and embarrass myself.

The ankle is doing ok. My fiance's Dad was here for dinner for the first time in our 3 year relationship, and I made dinner in my crock pot. I should say I supervised dinner!

Thank you all!
Mindy

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   Posted 3/18/2011 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thankfully this is one symptom of CP I have not experienced. If I did it would terrify me. Please be careful and stay safe. I am so sorry about the sprain, but glad it wasn't broke or fractured.

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   Posted 3/18/2011 2:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Mindy - you've got my utmost sympathies. I've got vasovagal syncope complicated by orthostatic hypotension and it's awful when it catches you unawares *hug*

Glad to hear that the ankle is going okay - you take good care of yourself and rest up as much as you can :)
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   Posted 3/18/2011 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
 
   Good morning Mindy!
 
        I did a little more research on this contition and learned quite a bit about it. I guess there are some test the Dr can do, such as the tilt table test. Did you have this done?
 
        Here is a website, that readers can look at if they are interested. Its and interesting artical!
 
 
          Just be careful, and I know you are. We don't want to see you hurt or anyone else for that matter. wink
 
     I'm sorry that you and retiredmom have to deal with this above and beyond the Chronic pain itself.
 
       Take care, and I hope your doing better.
 
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   Posted 3/18/2011 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
SE, Yes I had the tilt table test done years ago when the pain and fainting first started.

CRPS patient, It is amazing to me the things our bodies do to us, and the things we can live through and put up with. Survival through anything, right? I am sorry that you go through this also. My prayers are with you!

Retiredmom, I am sorry that both you and your daughter suffer from this also. It is embarrassing, but I am lucky to have understanding sons and fiance to help. My fiance always arranges me in a more comfortable position that keeps me modest! I almost flashed the church congregation one Sunday!

Thank you all for the well wishes. The comfort you all bring every day is amazing. Even if I don't respond or write often, I read the posts daily. You are all in my prayers. Thank you guys!

Mindy

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   Posted 3/18/2011 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
  Dear Mindy,

    It is so good to hear from you. I was wondering last week how the shawls were coming along. What you were planning next for your wedding.

    I am so sorry that you sprained your ankle. It is a good thing you have such a fighting spirit! If anyone else had to deal with everything on your plate, they would roll over and cry uncle! In all seriousness, I have to agree with the men. Next time, let them do the leg work! Even if waiting for them to do it right is hassle *hugg*

   I hope you are feeling a little bit better by now and busy with wedding plans! Try to keep that ankle elevated when you can do "sit-down" projects. Know you are always in our hearts here.

*hugg*
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