How long before swelling should become a concern?


11 replies to this topic
  • Merc1212

Posted June 07, 2006 - 12:06 PM

#1

I sprained my ankle pretty badly a week and a half ago when the bike landed on my boot and broke the buckles supporting it in the process. I was on crutches for 3-4 days, but I'm now walking reasonably well with a limp. I've been on anti-inflammatories since day 1, and the Dr assures me its not broken. I've been trying to keep it elevated but my leg remains swollen from the knee down. It isn't as bad as day 1 to 4, but it's enough that I struggle to get shoes on.

My question is, 'is it normal for swelling to last this long - especially in a large area like this?' I'm beginning to worry I did more damage to my knee and ankle then I thought. It doesn't hurt that badly, but the swelling is making everything 'tight' and difficult to get moving.

Marc

  • DRZCatastrophe

Posted June 07, 2006 - 05:26 PM

#2

I'm sure the doc in house will have more to say, but since he's not here at the moment,

When were your x-rays done? I know sometimes broken bones are hard to see immediately after the injury. Ask me how I know....

Second, soft tissue damage takes a long time to heal so it's not unheard of for it to be swollen for quite a while. Congratulate yourself that you can actually get your shoe on. Oh, and are you using a cold compress on it at all or only relying on the anti-inflammatory? I know there are some controversies concerning when to ice or not to ice but it does help.

Third, if you are that concerned about it, why not call the doctor who saw you?

:applause:

  • Merc1212

Posted June 07, 2006 - 06:37 PM

#3

Xrays were done the morning after. You're scaring me with the 'broken bones are difficult to see immediately after'... I sure hope nothing is broken, because if it is, it won't be healing with me walking on it every day. Unfortunately I don't have a copy of the xray to take a better look.

I was icing it for the first few days, but I pretty much gave up since I didn't see/feel much of a difference. Anti inflammatory is 'APO-NAPROXEN 500mg' if that makes a difference.

The Dr is from a clinic and I'll have to wait a couple of hours just to ask her, so I thought I'd try to get a consensus from here first. If swelling 1.5-2 weeks after is considered normal for a bad ankle sprain/impact injury to the knee then so be it, if not, I guess I'll head back and have her look at it again.

Thanks for the reply though! And since you've got me curious now... how did you find out xrays can be deceiving immediately after an injury?

  • rees43

Posted June 07, 2006 - 07:08 PM

#4

I hope you don't have a blood clot in your lower leg. A Doppler test will help determine if you have one or not. Get it checked out

  • DRZCatastrophe

Posted June 07, 2006 - 09:33 PM

#5

Hey! There's another frightening option!!

To answer your question, when I was a kid (during my brief rash of frequent body damage), I hurt my foot doing something really stupid. Very minor swelling but really stinking hurt. Parents (poor parents) took me to the ER (again) that evening. Docs took X-rays. Said must just be a sprain, not broken. Few days later, Doc calls and says, hey, I was looking at your X-ray again, and darn if it isn't broken. Told parents the above. I've heard it from other sources too. But I could be wrong and Dr. Mark can tell us about it and I just had a not so good ER Doc.

Clinics usually have advice nurses too. Why not call in the morning?

  • stanky1

Posted June 07, 2006 - 11:36 PM

#6

My question is, 'is it normal for swelling to last this long - especially in a large area like this?' ... the swelling is making everything 'tight' and difficult to get moving.


(a) Quit bragging
(:applause: Use a lubricant

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  • VACRF450

Posted June 08, 2006 - 08:44 AM

#7

LOL good one
:applause:

  • Merc1212

Posted June 08, 2006 - 05:54 PM

#8

(a) Quit bragging
(:D Use a lubricant



LOL :applause:

  • mauricedorris

Posted June 09, 2006 - 10:14 PM

#9

It depends on the sprain. It could take longer for the sprain to fully heal than the bone to heal.

You will be nursing your ankle for the next six months (ask me how I know). My sprained ankle took quite a while to heal. I was on crutches for two weeks. Then I used an ankle brace for the next 4 weeks. If it hurts and there is pain, then stay off of it. Don't be a macho man like I tried to be.

After the pain stops, you will will probably have little or no strength in it. You should really do lots of stretching and strength exercises. That is what will take the most time. Be careful, a sprained ankle can very easily be re-injured.

  • killerdwarf77

Posted June 10, 2006 - 06:46 AM

#10

Xrays were done the morning after. You're scaring me with the 'broken bones are difficult to see immediately after'... I sure hope nothing is broken, because if it is, it won't be healing with me walking on it every day. Unfortunately I don't have a copy of the xray to take a better look.

I was icing it for the first few days, but I pretty much gave up since I didn't see/feel much of a difference. Anti inflammatory is 'APO-NAPROXEN 500mg' if that makes a difference.

The Dr is from a clinic and I'll have to wait a couple of hours just to ask her, so I thought I'd try to get a consensus from here first. If swelling 1.5-2 weeks after is considered normal for a bad ankle sprain/impact injury to the knee then so be it, if not, I guess I'll head back and have her look at it again.

Thanks for the reply though! And since you've got me curious now... how did you find out xrays can be deceiving immediately after an injury?

Do you not have a family doctor??? Go see him/her, they will send you to an MDS lab for thorough X-rays. Your pics. will then be looked at by someone who has time to see any hairline fractures. I went to one of those clinics once for some very sore ribs, where the x-rays were looked at right in front of me, and I was assured of no breaks, and given the week off work. On the Friday of that week, I was called in to my family doctors office. I was told I now have 6 weeks off because I had 3 broken ribs. My doctor also told me that those clinics are the "McDonald's of health care" and for a real emergency go to the hospital. Have you ever heard of getting a second opinion?, and not from the same doc.

  • moikie

Posted June 10, 2006 - 06:28 PM

#11

Are sprained wrists the same thing? or do they heal faster?

  • rfdonnelly

Posted June 12, 2006 - 09:57 PM

#12

Definitely get more x-rays done. I landed on my elbow a couple months back, the ER said I needed to get more x-rays later on after the swelling went down because it is hard to get good x-rays with the swelling or something like that. Got more x-rays a week later. Turned out it was broken.

It wasn't that bad it was something like a radial head fracture. Got pissed at the orthopedic place because they wouldn't bill my secondary insurance and wanted me to pay instead Never went back. I can't extend it all the way and it pops every now and then.

Maybe I'll go somewhere else to get it looked at again. But definitely get that thing checked out by a speacialist or two. Don't let them tell you there is nothing wrong and blow you off like my orthopedic did. Insist there is something wrong!





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