Patient Comments: Compartment Syndrome - Symptoms

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Comment from: Yolanda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

Immediately after I had surgery for a tibia fibula fracture I had excruciating pain in my lower leg and no feeling at all. The surgeons diagnosed me with compartment syndrome and took me right back to the operating room. Now 14 years later I still experience severe pain in my knee and ankles, also numbness and tingling in my foot, and no feeling at all in my leg.

Comment from: Chris, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 19

I went in the hospital for a bone graft on my right hand and went home the same day. All night I was home I had the worst pain in my life so went back to the hospital the next day, and they said it looked like compartment syndrome symptoms. So I had to have a second operation to put a VAC on my hand for 5 days, and then go and have a third operation to decompress my nerves and my arteries. Now I cannot move 3 of my fingers and I have been in the hospital for nearly 2 weeks. I don’t know whose fault it is what happened to me.

Comment from: Jimi Hatton 7273, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

I was shot in the legs with a shotgun and developed compartment syndrome, and it was the most excruciating pain I have ever felt. Thanks to my surgeon I am recovering and feeling much better. My symptoms included major muscle tightness and sharp stabbing pains that about sent me into shock every time I received them.

Comment from: kiwi, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 20

I tripped and tore a leg muscle and had foot drop. I had an ultrasound. No worries. I used the old RICE treatment. Everything was okay for a couple of days but then the pain got increasingly worse. Foot became white and tense. I went straight into hospital for emergency operation. The muscle had died and was removed. I had three operations over the next week. I was hospitalized for 30 days. I lay on my back for most of it before skin grafts. Now 3 years later my foot has permanently dropped and is useless, with little movement and has turned outwards. I use orthotic shoes, dictus splint and walking stick and happy to be alive. My deepest gratitude to the doctors who recognized my acute compartment syndrome.

Comment from: Thefallen79, Published: July 13

I slept for 12 hours and I got up around 11:15 am and it's now 1:00 pm and I still feel dizzy since waking up this morning, I don’t know why.

Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 13

With my compartment syndrome I had extreme leg swelling, excruciating pain, and inability to put weight on the leg.

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