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Old 10-23-2017, 11:54 AM   #16
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Hope all goes well and you can make a full recovery.

As to riding again, well, that is up to you and you alone, but don't go selling stuff just yet!

Pain meds are there for a reason. If you're in pain, use them. Sleep is VERY important to healing, so use them as you need to. Even if you end up on them longer than you want, you can wean yourself off, just takes some time. Having now gone through 4 surgeries in less than a year on the same leg, I can tell you that once things are past those big healing stages, getting and staying off the meds isn't too bad.

Life on crutches sucks, but you can adapt. For me, getting back on the bike was huge - gave me motivation to keep dealing with all the crap I've had to deal with. Maybe not the "wisest" choice in terms of physical healing, but mentally it was needed. But everyone is different.
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Old 10-23-2017, 02:18 PM   #17
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thanks guys,

woot woot today was the 1st day I wokeup around 3-4am from pain but forced myself to sleep through it......

just trying to dial it down, my pain pills are getting low where i dont want to call for refills just yet, i may have too though .....
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Old 10-23-2017, 03:51 PM   #18
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good job on fighting / sleeping through the pain have you tried non-opoids?

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Old 10-23-2017, 05:02 PM   #19
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thanks guys,

woot woot today was the 1st day I wokeup around 3-4am from pain but forced myself to sleep through it......

just trying to dial it down, my pain pills are getting low where i dont want to call for refills just yet, i may have too though .....
not to get on a soap box here but i've got 3 herniated discs in my spine and CBD pods (oil or edibles) have helped immensely in between steroid injections in my spine.

YMMV and i'm by no means a doctor or any of that disclaimer shit - i'm just a dude in typical heaps of pain that was sick of taking pain pills and it helped me.
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Old 10-23-2017, 06:11 PM   #20
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I feel for you!

Had a slow shunt at T-Hill West on 10-14 and was thrown into my head and back and fractured my Scapula in three places. No surgery and after two weeks of ice/heat I’m getting range of motion back little by little.

I, too, had dark thoughts about a no Moto future. It’s passed and I’ll be fixing the bike next month.

Take your meds, stay positive and know you have brothers/sisters pulling for you.

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Old 10-23-2017, 08:39 PM   #21
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Yeah, use the meds per instruction until the sharp pain has past. As concerned/attentive as you are, you'll know the morning you wake up and realize you don't need one.

And like HB said above, focus on healing now. You can decide about riding later. Let us know if you need help getting bikes on battery tenders or prepped to be off the road for a bit.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:40 PM   #22
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hah if i didnt have a cast on i would rub myself down with cbd whatever head to toe lol

i have 2 different opiod derived crap and a muscle relaxer that I am currently taking, good idea to ask for opiod alternative.

everone i saw in waiting room was like oh its gonna feel so much better after surgery,,, fuck no my shit was way worst fml but its def getting better now day by day
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:14 PM   #23
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hah if i didnt have a cast on i would rub myself down with cbd whatever head to toe lol

i have 2 different opiod derived crap and a muscle relaxer that I am currently taking, good idea to ask for opiod alternative.

everone i saw in waiting room was like oh its gonna feel so much better after surgery,,, fuck no my shit was way worst fml but its def getting better now day by day
I felt the same way, but 1 week after surgery i felt really good compared to 1 week post injury. It goes fast once you start PT.
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I just want to say thanks barf, for forum threads like these

I will be making another donation once im fully healed

Was told i was maybe off work 3-4months.... cant do that so now ill be back in office on desk duty 11/8 thats if my cast gets taken off and pt is all going great
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I just want to say thanks barf, for forum threads like these

I will be making another donation once im fully healed

Was told i was maybe off work 3-4months.... cant do that so now ill be back in office on desk duty 11/8 thats if my cast gets taken off and pt is all going great
If you can get desk duty, you'll be fine. Between the fact that my job is a desk job and I can do a fair bit of it remotely, I missed a grand total of 3 days of work for entire duration of my broken leg, and 2 of those were days I was having surgeries (been through 4 of them so far). Plus, that gives you some motivation to get up and go do some moving around. Bring a small pillow or two, prop your leg up on your desk (another chair is better than nothing but really not high enough) and work away. A wireless keyboard and mouse are very helpful
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If you can get desk duty, you'll be fine. Between the fact that my job is a desk job and I can do a fair bit of it remotely, I missed a grand total of 3 days of work for entire duration of my broken leg, and 2 of those were days I was having surgeries (been through 4 of them so far). Plus, that gives you some motivation to get up and go do some moving around. Bring a small pillow or two, prop your leg up on your desk (another chair is better than nothing but really not high enough) and work away. A wireless keyboard and mouse are very helpful
Same situation here. I took about a week off ( i was barely conscious and basically drunk off pills, but i worked a little, mostly ON-CALL emergency type work during that time) Then i WFH'd for about 1-2 weeks. then by the 3rd week i was working in the office again and could sit at a desk without pain.

When i broke my knee, i worked at Home Depot at the service desk. I was off for 3-4 weeks on disability before i went back. It was rough because i had to keep my leg elevated every 30 minutes or so to keep the swelling(and thus pain) down.
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Old 10-24-2017, 03:22 PM   #27
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im in the boat right now that once my foot gets lowered it immediate numbs and pain starts

its a bitch to go piss.... i dont like the tingly numbness shit feeling at all, could deal with the pain but the numbness tingly and warm feeling when lowering my leg just makes my brain think my foot is still foooooqued

and that starts litearlly the second my leg is lower then my heart :C
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im in the boat right now that once my foot gets lowered it immediate numbs and pain starts

its a bitch to go piss.... i dont like the tingly numbness shit feeling at all, could deal with the pain but the numbness tingly and warm feeling when lowering my leg just makes my brain think my foot is still foooooqued

and that starts litearlly the second my leg is lower then my heart :C
Are you taking ibuprofen in addition to the prescribed pain meds? You should verify this with your doctor, but i was prescribed 400-800mg of ibuprofen with each pain med for my knee, otherwise even a high dose of narcos couldn't stop the pain due to swelling, and i was allowed to take similar dosage of ibuprofen for my clavicle.

Swelling impacts and reduces healing, so it is very important to keep swelling to a minimum through periodic (every? 30 minutes) and ibuprofen (if doctor approves taking it)
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:31 AM   #29
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Damn, so sorry to hear about all of this.

My broken ankle was definitely a bear at the beginning. Similar to you, I had three screws put in; I was able to do a shoe after the surgery instead of a cast, which helped, but I was basically off of the ankle for anything other than getting around with crutches, then a cane.

I was riding again in about a month - it was my right ankle, so I could skip the rear brake and not use that leg at all, and strap my cane to the subframe like House. It definitely had risks, but I weighed them against the importance for my mental state to get back on the bike. That helped, but it was a couple of months before I could start using it properly again, and I remember at one point looking down at my right leg, and seeing how visibly atrophied the muscle was compared to my left, and just breaking down crying on the living room floor. Find things to distract yourself - video games, movies, photography, something that makes you happy.

Ice helped so much with the pain in the beginning, along with elevating it at my desk every chance I could. It kept the inflammation and pain down, and let me get off of opioids quickly, and take ibuprofen intermittently instead until everything settled.

As mentioned above, physical therapy is critical. It's almost 10 years later, and aside from the scars, there's no sign I ever injured my ankle; I've run two marathons and some halves since then with no issues.

Once it's over, you can look back and see how quickly it went in the grand scheme of things - but in the moment, you're really in it.
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Hey barf, got my cast off and staples removed from 1 side of the ankle.

Doc says foot looks fine, got plastic boot and still no weight bearing for another month..... i really want to start pt meow but oh well.

Pain is not as constant but definitely getting throbbing shooting pains periodically now since im not in a super tight cast. I still have full numbness everywhere so really hoping to start pt to get range of movement and feeling back. I still cant curl my toes or flex my ankle for more then a few cm if that.

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