Join Date: Aug 2006
It is clear that we are growing stealthily older together (and some of us, unfortunately, aren't). Some of us are falling apart slightly. Shall we have a place, dear friends, to share our bulges, snips, aches and underhangings?
I'll open with a dilemma. I have a nastily arthritic left ankle. I walk with a limp every day and fairly constant pain, which I can cope with. I occasionally enjoy sensible hill walking with the family, playing safe, but still getting 'out there' a bit.
Every now and then it flares up (usually as a result of wrenching it a bit). Can't get a shoe on, can't really walk. Worst of all, can't sleep. I've been in a lot of pain for over a week. No exacerbating injury - it's just swollen, hot, red, and painful. The joint is immobile. I'm going to the docs today, expecting a dose of Naproxen and codeine.
Previous referral to the physio has offered 2 options: 1) live with pain; 2: have ankle fused. Fusing eliminates the pain, and also removes any mobility in the joint. It lasts for about 20 years. After that, they advise not possible to re-do (presumably the ends of the joints are damaged in the op). The advice was (is), cope if you can for as long as you can, before taking the Op.
I know I'm in a bit of a low point here - but I'm tempted to seek a referral to a surgeon to talk about the op. 20 years of pain free life sounds attractive right now. Maybe the tech will improve over 2 decades, maybe they can fit me with a wheel?
In my shoes (lol), what might you do?