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Swelling and pain on the knee while recovering from fracture - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi i have just come out of afull leg caste after breakin my leg in 3 places below the knee it has been 10 wks i was in a full caste. I now have a half a leg caste I have had this for 4 days and i have noticed swelling and stiffness of the knee and painfull red spots. i didnt have no pain in knee or any problems when i was in the caste. is this normal and how long till stiffness goes i try bending abt 20x a day to keep it mobile but am worried might have infected. is it normal 2 have swelling around knee.please help me im getting depressed i want to be able to look after my 6 children.thank you
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read the query
Doctor :   How large are the swelling?
Doctor :   around the knee?
Doctor :   When was it changed to half leg cast?
Doctor :   Is it just 4 days? or you noticed these swelling before these 4 days
User :   the swelling goes about 2inches above the knee but i cant see below bcoz of caste
Doctor :   ok
User :   4days since half a leg caste was put on i neva had anything whilst in ful caste
Doctor :   Do you have pain when you press over the swelling? Are they firm or hard?
User :   i have pain wen press the spots and swelling it is very hard i find wen i bend the leg it cant bend fully cos of sweling
Doctor :   Any color change over the skin of the swelling?
User :   the skin is normal in places and very red n ichy in others
Doctor :   Do you have fever ?
Doctor :   Do you have generalized body aches?
User :   not right now but had fever about a week ago
User :   jus the knee my broken tib n fib dnt hurt as much as knee
Doctor :   What medicines are you taking right now?
Doctor :   Did you try to put Ice packs over the swelling?
User :   no medication at the moment i havent got pain on the break i tried putin peas on dont work
Doctor :   I prefer you put proper ice pack for 10 minutes at least
Doctor :   Was the partial cast rechecked after it has laid?
User :   iv put it on 4 longer then i called the hospital yhy wernt much help. i cant sleep coz of this. thy jus ask wen caste was put on if it was ok. thats it
Doctor :   Are you not getting sleep because of the pain or worry?
User :   worry feel down
Doctor :   Ok, so it does not pain much
User :   only wen i move it i try stay stil
Doctor :   If the pain is much I would be worried if the blood circulation is hampered
Doctor :   but if it is just the worry and swelling that concerns you I would say to relax
Doctor :   It is normal to have slight swelling and stiffness
User :   im worried about spots and swellin do u think i should go hospital. is it normal 2 hav painful rash
User :   i dnt want leg 2 b swellin inside th caste and i cannot see it
Doctor :   Ok In that case, I would suggest to get it examined by the doctor at the hospital
Doctor :   I would be concerned if there is large swelling under the cast
Doctor :   An examination will make things very clear if it is normal or hampering of circulation to the area
User :   how would i knw if thrs sweling undr the caste
Doctor :   You would never know
Doctor :   May be a examination by a doctor would know if it is subcutaneous air entrapment or something else is wrong
User :   coz all my legs white but my toes r black wen i stand up to walk on cruches i was told by hospita thats normal
Doctor :   Since the swelling is hard, then it would be something else
Doctor :   Yeah that is normal
Doctor :   Toes would be black
Doctor :   In any case, I suggest you to consider getting a physical check with the doctor at hospital
User :   thank you so much i will try goin tomorrow i dont want 2 leave my babies i was kept in wen i broke my leg for 4 weeks am scared
Doctor :   Early check helps you to avoid complications
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
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