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Fibro and torn ligament in ankle

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Broreb1981
Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 166 Courageous
I have fibromyalgia. On Sunday I went over on my ankle and I have torn the ligaments down the left hand side of my left ankle. I am in severe pain, I can't even bare the skin been stroked. It's very swollen still. I cannot walk on it at all or even move my toes. The hospital were very un helpful and basically told me I have to walk on it, I had to demand a pair of crutches. Painkillers are not taking the pain away. But nobody seems to care about how much pain I'm in. Could the pain be worse due to fibromyalgia 

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  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello there @Broreb1981 and thanks for reaching out today, I'm really sorry to hear about the torn ligaments in your ankle, that must be a nightmare!

    It's always advisable to seek information from your GP about health and medical conditions, as I'm no expert I could only guess at whether the pain is worse due to fibromyalgia, and I'm sorry to hear that painkillers aren't taking the pain away.

    Perhaps you could approach your pharmacy for information and advice as well as your GP, and explain what's happened, and see if they can recommend particular things to help manage the pain as your ankle heals. 

    Can I ask if you have anyone to help support you with managing things day to day at the moment?
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  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    I am also sorry to hear about your ankle @Broreb1981 if it was me I think I would talk to my Doctor as well.
    The hospital did xray your foot didn't they.?
  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 166 Courageous
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    Yes I have my partner who leaves me drinks and food out while he's at work and yes they did x ray it and said its not broken so walk on it. I'm going to see a physio tonight who specialises in this sort of injury they will tell me if I need a scan or more treatment 
  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    That's sounds good @Broreb1981 fingers crossed all goes well for you.
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    Okay that's good @Broreb1981 let us know how you get on with the physio :)
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  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 166 Courageous
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    Been to physio. I have torn the ligament in the ankle. It's now very bruised and still very painful. I have asked for more painkillers from the doctor which they have given me and he would expect the fibro to heighten the pain I'm feeling. The physio said to use the crutches until I feel able to walk without them and rest it and move it gently, also if I can tolerate putting weight on it then it's OK to do that too. It's going to take time to heal that's all 


  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Disability Gamechanger
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    How are you feeling about that outcome @Broreb1981? Thank you for updating us :) Fingers crossed it'll heal well with time. 

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  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 166 Courageous
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    I'm OK with it just got to be patient now. I'm going back to work on monday. It's very painful, I'm more concerned people will think I'm going over the top for a sprained ankle but I know what I'm feeling, they don't, so why should I worry what they think
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm sure a sprained ankle is very painful indeed! It's a good idea not to worry about what other people think, as most of the time what they think is different to what we imagine anyway. 

    I hope you recover smoothly, and focus on getting the rest you need when you need it, it's not a race after all :)

    Let us know if we can help with anything, and I hope work goes well for you today!
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  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 166 Courageous
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    It's not going too well actually. Work told me yesterday not to come back unless I can get and lift or taxi and work my normal contracted hours. So it looks like I'm stuck at home for a couple of weeks. The pain is still intense and I still am having trouble moving it, it's swollen. I don't know what to do or how long this is going to take to get better 
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm sorry it's so painful :( It will take at least a few weeks I'd reckon @Broreb1981, months if it's a severe sprain. If you're especially concerned then please speak to your GP as soon as you can. 

    Do you have any ice or frozen peas, that should help with the swelling? The NHS has an information page on sprains and strains, and what to do to ease the pain and help aid recovery:

    How to treat sprains and strains yourself

    For the first couple of days, follow the 4 steps known as RICE therapy to help bring down swelling and support the injury:

    1. Rest – stop any exercise or activities and try not to put any weight on the injury.
    2. Ice – apply an ice pack (or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel) to the injury for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours.
    3. Compression – wrap a bandage around the injury to support it.
    4. Elevate – keep it raised on a pillow as much as possible.

    To help prevent swelling, try to avoid heat (such as hot baths and heat packs), alcohol and massages for the first couple of days.

    When you can move the injured area without pain stopping you, try to keep moving it so the joint or muscle does not become stiff.

    You can also speak to your pharmacist about treatments for the pain, such as gels or creams, paracetamol and ibuprofen gel. After 2 weeks, most sprains and strains will feel better.

    I hope that helps a little, and it sounds like it's a case of waiting a resting where possible, which I know is frustrating, but it will help you recover. 

    If you feel we can do anything further to support you, please just ask :)   
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