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Suffering from broken ankle. On bed rest. Dizziness and lightheadedness on getting up. What is happening?

I have a broken ankle and have been basicaly on bed rest for the last 3 weeks (no weight bearing, keep ankle elevated). This morning I woke up early needed to go to the bathroom, tried to stand, and the world started spinning. That was 5 hours ago, and I still feel light headed, expecially when I get upright, but even lying down.
Asked On : Wed, 4 Jul 2012
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Hi Lindaa,

In my opinion, most probably your blood pressure dropped when you woke up in the morning and that is how you felt light headed.

There is no need to panic. Drink plenty of fresh fruit juices and consume more fluids. You will be fine soon.

I wish you speedy recovery and you get back to daily routine soon.

Answered: Wed, 4 Jul 2012
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