I'm currently two months post op since I decided to fuse my right ankle. 9 screws and one large plate. It's been a full year since my first surgery trying to fuse my subtalr joint which lead to an infection, removal of hardware, extreme pain and a final decision of fusion. In 365 days I've had four surgerys 3 ankle related and one was to stretch my Achilles due to lack of using it and the position of my foot.
I'm 21 and the youngest person any of my doctors have had to treat such sever rheumatoid arthritis with. Both my ankles are pretty bad but my right one was worse due to unknown sources. It just happened one day four years ago and progressively got extremely worse. In such a short time I lost my dream job, opportunities and most of my life.
I had my follow up yesterday after a long healing processes and found that I was almost fused, but still experiencing pain. I'm allowed to walk on my foot now and start P.T. but I now must go to pain management which boils my blood. I got this surgery to rid myself of pain and now I must go to a pain management doctor to mangage the pain I have with this fused ankle. How does that make any sense? I'm so upset. I just want my life back and it feels like at such a young age I'm losing this battle. Who knows how I'll feel when I'm in my 50's.
Is anyone else experiencing what I am, this is normal right? I'm not too crazy?