I pulled an idiot error and now have a bad sprained ankle - treatment options with CD?

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Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 10/31/2008 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Greetings to all.

I am in the middle of a huge IT move of of folks for the next three days. I fell two days ago down some stairs at work and landed wrong on my ankle. Heart it pop. Now, being an ex-athlete, I would take NSAIDs, ice and elevate as much as possible and wrap it.

Now with CD I cannot take NSAIDs nor can I be off to ice and elevate. I have it wrapped and have an NSAID patch directly on it. (have a few more of these patch things) Anyone know if there anything else that can safely be done with CD? Looking at three 12-hour days ahead. I can barely put any weight on it. Taking my CD pain med. Just wondering if I should go to quack in the shack for a shot of something directly in my foot, and if so, what???

Any/all info appreciated. Want to function well at new job with IT folks in from out of state!

{{big sigh as I get ready to go in and put on my brave face - not gonna let 'em see my pain}}


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   Posted 10/31/2008 4:20 AM (GMT -7)   
go and get a sturdy brace for it.
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   Posted 10/31/2008 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
air splint? check a local pharmacy that sells DME products. go get yourself an xray asap at a emergency clinic to avoid the huge wait at the ER. you don't want to have to break it again and reset it do you? prop it up every time you sit down!!!! Good Luck!!!!
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   Posted 10/31/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 10/31/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I sprained my ankle a month ago, still hurts. I'm getting ready to go to the sports med clinic because I want to make sure that it is healing. When I got xrays they put me on celebrex. Easier on the guts and cuts down the inflammation. I was on it year ago for a blown out knee and it worked great. It seemed to work on my ankle because it's only gotten worse since I ran out of the celebrex. RICE is great, but not that easy to do. Rest? not likely! Ice? that means you have to Rest! Compression is easy, but it's only one of four! And Elevation? Once again, that whole 'no time to Rest' thing gets in the way!
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   Posted 10/31/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi First off get a x-ray I was on crutches three months once because I chipped a bone. When you get to the hospital see if you can rent some crutches. lol gail
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   Posted 10/31/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never tried it, but Ultram (tramadol) is an opioid analgesic that is non-addictive (or, at least, is about as addictive as NSAIDs). It is commonly prescribed, and you might ask your doctor if this is okay. Being an opioid, it will probably cause constipation.

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   Posted 10/31/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
If you heard it "pop", you really need to get an xray. I broke the bottom of my fibula when I turned my ankle standing up from a chair.

A "boot cast" will give you the support need and allow you to be mobile. It's rigid plastic with a cloth liner. Velcro straps keep it on. I was in one for 8 weeks. I could take it off to sleep and shower. You can get one at a medical supply place, possibly a pharmacy. Another alternative for good support is a lace up ankle brace with crossing support straps. Those can be found at pharmacies and med supply stores. Not as supportive as the boot cast but more supportive than an ACE wrap.
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   Posted 10/31/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the xray route, you really dont know what you may have done to it. Good luck.

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   Posted 11/1/2008 2:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Morning, guys. First, thank you for your replies.

Yep, think I am going to need an xray. I worked my rump off yesterday and am over 1/2 way through the move. As you can see by what time it is, I plan on getting up there before those out-of-state guys so I can work a little slower and get stuff done.

The RICE - rest, ice, cold and elevate has been working with reduction of swelling. It's still swollen but getting a little better. As for the pain, I have been taking many of my hydrocodone (however you spell that). I don't like doing this because it's hard enough to get this for CD... and I hoard it like a son of a gun for severe flares. I have gone through, oh, 15 - 16 in the past three days (gives me horrible headaches in the morning)! But that, the NSAID patch directly on the ankle with an ace bandage wrap over it and the ice/elevate when off work, are helping me get through this nightmare of a computer move.

The IT group told me I am doing a good job... just gotta keep it up for two more days and then I can take a day or two off and get this looked at and lay up.

I didn't know if the med carenow place could inject cortizone or somethine directly in the ankle that wouldn't make the CD symptoms worse. Bet I end up on one of those eve-popular boots.

NOTE: CD for me is never under control. It's always gut pain pain, joint pain (now this will hurt all the time, I bet) nausea and D... so I don't want to aggravate with ANYTHING I shouldn't be taking.

Thanks again for all your replies. Now I know that us crohnies have to be careful of injuries. Hoping like heck that there's no fracture, just torn ligament(s).


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   Posted 11/1/2008 3:58 AM (GMT -7)   
{{sigh}} NSAID patch on, ankle wrapped, pain meds in pocket (so they won't see me taking 'em)... I'm going in.

I keep thinking of this quote from Rugrats.

"Hang on to your dipies, we're going in."


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   Posted 11/1/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Can't they do the lifting/walking and you do the programing/fixing/setting up etc? I don't think there is any shame in saying you have an injured ankle.
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   Posted 11/1/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Texan...
When I saw the post, I originally thought it might have had something to do with "horsin' around" lol. But, I've come to find that most of my injuries happen when I'm not at the barn, or riding my "bronc" of a horse....
Well wishes first of all, and secondly, try putting uncooked plain rice in a sock and tying off the end of the sock. Fill it almost full, and then stick it in the microwave for about a minute, or until it's hot enough for you. This heat compress is my saving grace sometimes, and even if it doesn't work for the ankle, it can sometimes help with the cramping of CD.
It might be a good idea to take the pain meds in modertation -- Sometimes they help relieve the "stress" that's going on in your body.
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   Posted 11/2/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Morning, all.

I'm almost done. Just two more days. Ice/elevate at night has helped the swelling and the bruising has stopped. Not very pretty, but it's doing much better.

I have shown those out-of-state folks that I am capable of handling everything, even while injured. :) One of them is about a lazy mo fo. Think I will get a good report to my boss, whom I have never met. Everything has been moved and setup except network printers. Will handle this today. After that, I do believe I AM DONE! Tomorrow will be where's this and that; this and that doesn't work; where's my stand for my docking station (I pulled all the docking stations off the bulky stands and plan on showing these folks dual-monitor capability)... yadda yadda. Get through that and it's all downhill.

Sleepy -

I wish it was a horse injury. At least I wouldn't feel like such and idiot and would have a good story. Nope, just fell down some stairs while on my blackberry. {{embarrassed to say}}

Thanks for all the responses.

Full speed ahead!!
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