Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vindication afoot

Hhhmmm, I guess I feel a kind of vindication after seeing the Physiotherapist. Firstly it's great to hear that she thinks I can sort out all the problems with my back and that there is no nerve damage... so relieved, just like I was relieved when I got back the X-rays of my spine... which does show a curve but that should be corrected by exercise now... but she has also kind of given weight to a sneaking suspicion that I've had for a while...

I have had it in my head right from the start that my ankle (or some bone in very close proximity to my ankle) was broken... but how could that be if I was able to walk on it for weeks after I fell? Bones don't behave that way, do they? The first time I fell after going somersault over the heater at the beginning of December was about a week on, my ankle  just gave way and I went careering down a steep gravel path into some ornamental bushes on my way to Tesco one afternoon... non of the passers by took any notice, presumably thinking I was a drunk or that shrubbery diving was some new sport. I did have a few more wobbles but caught myself each time, right up until Christmas day, when my foot and lower leg had suddenly swollen up and were way too painful to put my weight on...

I have been so happy to see my dear old boney foot re-emerging from the squishy pain balloon with toes at the end I have had at the end of my right leg for the last 4 months... but apparently it isn't boney and, apparently, when someone digs their fingers into said boney/or-otherwise foot, the indentations of those fingers are not meant to still be there, clearly visible 5 minutes or more later. Physio thinks the swelling round my ankle has nothing to do with arthritis or sciatica, but is more likely the result of a significant injury, a break or fracture and so I am off for yet more X-Rays. I probably glow in the dark.

Hhhhmmm, on the one hand (or foot) I no longer care, I just want to continue improving, but on the other appendage, at least I now know I am not a complete hyperchondriac! Oh, and please note that I haven't stooped to pointing out that it has only taken FOUR MONTHS for someone to suggest that they might X-Ray my black, swollen, won't take any weight ankle.

6 comments:

sassypackrat said...

Your description of squishy pain balloon with toes is EXACTLY what I have in both my feet and ankles! Sucks doesn't it?! I did not tumble into the shrubbery but after tons of medical tests they think it might be a side affect of sleep apnea. I don't have it as far as I know so am off to another specialist to have that checked out. Perhaps this is something for you to check out too.

Good luck and best wishes!

Yve said...

Sleep apnea??? You're kidding, how does that relate to feet? Very confusing, isn't that where you can't breathe whilst asleep? I am a life long insomniac, the tiniest thing wakes me up, so I doubt it's that. Hope you get it sorted out, sounds horrible.

At least for me it's just my right foot, the left is it's usual skinny self. With me the swelling is probably down to a broken bone that hasn't been able to heal because I keep walking on it... maybe!

Sue said...

hmmmmmm, from what you have stated, I bet your piroette into the bushes DID cause some damage. I'm glad that you are starting to get some (kind of) answers.

Sue:)

Dorothy said...

It can be so frustrating trying to figure out whats wrong..wishing you the best treatment wherever it is and that you find it soon.

Dorothy from grammology
grammology.com

Abi said...

Blimey oh riley... good news on the spine front... not sure I grasped the problem with your ankle though... did it fracture, or sprained (which apparently is often more painful than a break?)
Well hunny, you may not be going mad, but I sure as hell am!

Thanks for the giggle about the bushes near Tescos.. my my, I had a great picture in my head as I read that.... I think you should write a book Yve... it would be a hoot :O)

Yve said...

Abi, I honestly don't know what's wrong with my ankle, just that it's hurt like hell since Christmas and I've only recently been able to put my weight on it. Currently having 3 rest days from the exercises (advised by physio) as the stretches which initially made me feel great have suddenly cause a lot of pain and ankle swelling again! Oh well, got to keep trying things :o)