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Undiagnosed ankle pain

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  • Posted By: Chumani
  • September 5, 2012
  • 05:42 AM

I am active duty Air Force getting ready to retire soon. I am also going through a medical evaluation board right now. Approximately 4.5 years ago I stepped off a ladder at work and badly sprained my ankle. I was wearing boots at the time. I actually felt my ankle bone reach the ground. I had x-rays done right after. Doctors said nothing was wrong. I was put on limited duty for 2 months. Right after that was done, I was immediately returned to full duty- including doing the mandatory physical training routine. Just before this, I was running 3 miles a day 6 days every week. Since I was returned to full duty, I wanted to get back into running. After not running for two months, I expected there to be some difference in my abilities. I quickly discovered that not even 5 minutes into my run I was in some serious pain. I saw my doc again. Was told I need to stretch more before starting my run. When I was still having problems 4 months after my injury, I went again to military doc. I was put on profile again and sent to physical therapy. Therapist said I was able to do my PT training in the therapists office. This whole scenario was repeated for 2.5 years. Finally, after complaining numerous times, I was sent to a orthopedics specialist. Within 2 minutes of my saying all this, he led me to a funky x-ray machine. After putting me through alot of pain bending, pushing and pulling my ankle he said I had torn a ligament. I was put on a surgery list at a civilian hospital. The civilian doc said after my surgery "that you were so badly messed up that I had to put multiple screws in your ankle". My surgery was 24 Jan 11. About 4 months later, I was in the big boot and reinjured it. The x-rays taken at that time do not show any screws. Currently, I am in constant pain. I can't stand for more than a few minutes without having-don't know how else to put it- electric wires that suddenly have electricity running through. Have trouble walking. Pain killers help a little. Walking alot hurts ALOT. I have been to see two specialists, had numerous x-rays and MRIs. Everything comes back good. Please help.

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