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jeniferggg asked: I'm having to make a decision to have an operation to salvage my ankle/foot. The operation will probably leave me with just as much pain and weakness as I have now. What's it like to be an amputee? Does your leg still hurt (the shortened one)? Can you wear your leg all day and be on your feet all day? How long does it take to put on and take off your leg? Do you shower with it on? Does it hurt to walk? Do you notice it all the time or does it become normal?
I am so sorry you are faced with this decision. I was faced this the same one just four years ago. I thought it would be the end of my life as I knew it. I chose to salvage everything I possibly could. My partial foot amputation did not work well for me, although it HAS worked for others. After spending 8 months with a partial foot amputation I made the decision to amputate further in order to gain more functionality.
Being an amputee is very difficult to describe. It was hard at first to ignore the stares (among many other things) from people everywhere I went. Once I became confident with my amputation, everything changed. My whole perspective changed. I realized that I was happy again. I had adapted and grew and learned. You Will Too. I never imagined I could be an amputee and be so happy.
Now to answer your other questions! My leg hurts, but not nearly as often as it did in the beginning. My specific leg takes a few minutes because it has several pieces. You may have other options with your prosthesis. I don’t shower with it on and I use a shower chair. It hurts to walk only when you wear an ill-fitting prosthesis. (you should be careful to maintain the closest fit possible in order to avoid pain and potential blisters) That being said…I only really notice my leg when I get phantom pains or when I try to do something I’m not able to do. But my leg is a part of me now so yes it has absolutely become normal.
If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me hun.
Anonymous asked: Hello there, I am a pre-med student with plans to specialize in orthopaedic surgery, and I just had a quick question. I have heard that for most traumatic amputees it is painful to apply body weight to the distal end of the residual limb. Do you find that to be the case? And what is the source of the pain, is it in the bone, end of bone pushing against skin, or the fact that the nerves end up tied off in that area? Thank you!
Well HI! I would first like to thank you for asking legitimate questions. I haven’t been on tumblr lately because there have been several strange people asking me personal (sexual) questions that make me uncomfortable. Quite honestly, they’re offensive and it put me off.
So, I actually want to answer YOUR questions! :)
My first amputation was only a partial foot and YES, it was traumatic and painful to apply body weight. My second amputation (below the knee) was considered elective and therefore A LOT less painful. In fact, I was able to walk with crutches the next day.
Source of pain could be ALL of those you suggested… in the bone, end of bone (distal end) pushing against the skin after the muscle atrophies, and also the nerves. The nerve pain became significantly less over time. However, the pain in the bone and on the skin, is hardly noticeable once your prosthesis fits your properly.
I hope that I was able to answer your questions adequately.
Pisces Daily Horoscope-September 17, 2012
Other people’s indecisiveness could leave you feeling frustrated and stuck today, Pisces. Realize that you can overcome this by pushing past them. Don’t feel like you need to wait for others to make up their minds before you act. Do what you need to do and others will catch up when they’re ready. You aren’t responsible for the well-being of others. Concentrate on you.
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