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Two week update: the recovery so far

I've had a few people ask how the recovery is going, so I thought i'd write an entry at the two week mark. At the time I'm starting writing this, I would be still in surgery, probably getting towards the end (if this were two weeks ago). The hardest thing about the recovery symptoms wise was the nausea. I ended up having to get medication just to manage that symptom. My stomach is starting to get more back to normal, but there are some unpleasant side effects of the pain medication I'm on.

As far as pain goes, I'm slowly but relatively steadily making progress there too. I'm not sure what "normal" is for two weeks out is, but I need only 5 pils to make it through a 24 hour period. This, of course, changes somewhat if I'm more active though. The swelling varies to the point where the cast feels loose if I keep it up most of the time, but very tight after even an hour of sitting up with my foot down. I don't know if that's RSD related or just normal for this surgery.

I'm getting more used to the walker, but it can really be a pain! If I didn't have to just hop with the walker, it'd be easier, but being on one foot all of the time is tricky. So that's how it's going. Some days are better than others as far as pain goes. Morale varies too, especially when I realize i have anywhere from a month to 6 more weeks, depending on which statement you believe from the doctor. (That's something I'm confused about, I admit.)

Thanks, everyone, for your support, it continues to mean a lot!



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Jun. 1st, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Pardon my ignorance.
Perhaps I missed something, (though I'm pretty sure I've kept up to date with your entries,) but was this surgery supposed to help correct the RSD, or fix something else wrong with your foot? Was it mainly fror pain management resulting from RSD?

Sorry I'm nosey.
Jun. 2nd, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Pardon my ignorance.
It's a little confusing to keep everything straight, so don't feel bad. The RSD is the nerve condition that causes excessive pain, swelling, color changes to my foot, temperature difference (my bad left foot is often colder than my good right one), touch sensitivity and excessive pain. The surgery wasn't able or supposed to fix that. It was to stablize my left foot so that the tendons would stop flaring up and causing pain which made the RSD worse. The RSD could actually get worse because it's an autonomic response to trauma, so in essence, my sympathetic (fight or flight) nerves over fire.

When I went in for injections, they were to block the sympathetic nerves. This caused a decrease in pain, less color changes and a temperature increase as well as a decrease in swelling.

Does this help? If you're still confused or have questions, just let me know. I don't mind answering them at all!
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