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Old 01-07-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
 
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Help! Thursday evening, my left foot was swollen up something horrible. I slept on the couch so I could keep it up on the back of the couch to help the swelling go down. It didn't reduce much so I was at the foot surgeon's office when it opened at 9am Friday. They cut the cast off and elevated it for 30 minutes to see what it would do.

It felt so much better out of the cast. He checked it really well and said everything looked good except for the swelling. He said there was no sign of infection or blood clot and he put another cast on it. He told me to STAY OFF OF IT. He also told me that fibromyalgia causes swelling all on its own and a cast would just provoke my fibromyalgia. The way he talked about FM made it sound like a demon instead of a medical condition which I found funny (and I need a laugh!!)

He said the joint really, really needs to be in a cast in order to heal properly. Therein lies the problem. If I cannot keep the swelling under control, they will take the cast off and not put one back on my foot but instead "pack" it in the walking boot so the packing can be adjusted as needed but I won't be allowed to walk on it at all, which means crutches and taking me out of work so it can stay elevated almost all of the time and it will be protected from further injury by nearly constant bed rest.

OMG!!! I don't want bed rest with a boot and no cast! I am keeping it propped up on top of my computer tower under my desk at work.

Suggestions? Advice?

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Drink lots of water and lay off the salt for a few days.
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Hmmm, diuretics? I use B6 for nerve pain and it also helps with fluid retention. I take no more than 200mg a day.
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