Friday, January 19, 2007

Well, that's gonna slow me down a bit

Back to the ankle ligament.

That would be the ligament that I pulled some years ago, and healed by wearing a lace-up ankle brace for six weeks.  Then reinjured back in August.  The tried the ankle brace again for six weeks without success.  Then went to the doctor, who said to go with the ankle brace for six more weeks, and this time add Advil.

We were supposed to see progress in three weeks.

We didn't.

Nine weeks in the effin' ankle brace and I've got nothing to show for it except a lot of skin irritation from the damn thing.

Now, I returned to the doctor, who came up with the following:

It's probably still just a pulled ligament.  Certainly, that's what the x-rays say.

He can take care of that with a steroid injection.

Or a cast.

It could, conceivably, be a little "dent" or "divot" in the bone.  It would not show up on the x-ray.  It would diagnose with an MRI.

If it's the dent, that would be treated with a cast (heals 70% of then) and, if that don't work, surgery.

Which sets my options out as:

- Steroid injection

- MRI for further diagnosis

- Cast

This last option can be either three weeks in a fiberglass (plaster) cast, or six weeks in an aircast (removable for showering and sleep).

Guess what I did.

Go on, guess.



hewasolddog299 said...

I don't know what you did, but with a London trip looming in the future, I'd have opted for the steroid shot...

helmswondermom said...

Plaster cast?