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Pressure in posterior lower femur

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I had surgery on my right medial malleolus this last wednesday because I fractured it playing soccer. I expected pain in the ankle, but I am also experiencing a great deal of pain(6-7) and pressure in my right lower posterior femur in the area of the sciatic nerve division. The pressure feels like a badly pulled hamstring and I was wondering if this is a normal post-op symptom. Thanks. - Evan


 


I forgot to mention the pressure becomes apparent upon standing upright with my crutches.


Neuro Doctor :

Hi, this is Neuro Doctor, an American Board Certified Neurologist with vast clinical experience, and I am very glad to help you with your question.

Neuro Doctor :

Did this pain start immediately after the surgery or came on later?

Customer:

It was noticeable the first day after the surgery.

Neuro Doctor :

Before using crutches or after?

Customer:

I had been using crutches for 2 weeks prior to surgery, so after.

Neuro Doctor :

but the pain was not there before surgery, agree?

Customer:

yes

Neuro Doctor :

And how long you were on the surgical table during the procedure?

Customer:

about 2 hours

Neuro Doctor :

Is there any swelling too in that area?

Customer:

no. just in the ankle

Neuro Doctor :

and no skin discoloration too, agree?

Customer:

yes

Neuro Doctor :

Okay I got it, first of all this does not look anything serious

Customer:

good :)

Neuro Doctor :

This may be some pressure effect

Neuro Doctor :

while on the table

Neuro Doctor :

causing some muscle or nerve minor irritation

Neuro Doctor :

but does not look like anything major

Neuro Doctor :

this should resolve soon

Customer:

how long should I expect to feel this pressure?

Neuro Doctor :

may be a week or so

Neuro Doctor :

this will resolve gradually

Neuro Doctor :

you may try heat or cold compressor

Neuro Doctor :

some pain creams like myoflex

Neuro Doctor :

to the affected area

Neuro Doctor :

follow the instruction on weight bearing and physical therapy (as per their instructions)

Neuro Doctor :

but you do not have symptoms suggestive of any major injury in that area

Customer:

ok, good. That takes a load off my mind. Thanks for the professional opinion. I will look into myoflex.

Neuro Doctor :

You are very welcome. I reassure you once again nothing serious going on and this should resolve very soon, try myoflex too, all the best!

Neuro Doctor :

Do you have any further questions?

Customer:

No, that's it. Thank you!

Neuro Doctor :

You are very welcome, all the best!

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