I sent my doctor an email asking if Ibuprofen was still forbidden.
Osteopaths seem divided regarding the effect that Non-Steroidal-Anti-Inflammatory-Drugs have on bone healing. Some research finds no impact. Other research suggests that it inhibits bones growing back together.
My doctor leans toward the conservative. If it might slow healing, use something else like Tylenol. Inflammation is not necessarily a bad thing. Inflammation is a sign that an injury is calling for more blood flow and more of the body's resources. Why would you want to stop that as long as the swelling was modest and the pain controlled?
Then my doctor gently suggested that the picture in their head regarding my activity level was to restrict myself to the necessities of "activities of daily life".
- Dress myself.
- Feed myself.
- Toilet myself.
- Park myself in bed at night.
A bitter, bitter pill to swallow. I am currently scratching around trying to find some exercises that do not involve my lower, left leg because I will go nuts if I am not doing something. Maybe there is some way to fiddle with a rowing machine so the left leg just goes along for the ride. I don't know. Suggestions will be appreciated.
I did go for a walk this morning. It was before the doctor phoned me and told me to cool my jets. I went twice as far as last week and I went 30% faster. My leg hurt less at the end of the walk than it did at the beginning.
A curious thing about my walking cast, which is more of a boot with velcro and air bladders than it is a cast, is that my toes hang off the front of the sole and cannot touch the ground. I was baffled that I needed to hang on to the walker for balance until I realized the obvious. Our toes, especially the big-toe, are important for balance.
My next doctor's appointment is near the end of June.