Patient Comments: Compartment Syndrome - Treatment

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What was your treatment or therapy for compartment syndrome? Did you require surgery? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Sunni, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I had undiagnosed compartment syndrome 3 days after a fall on concrete. My leg swelled, became tight and shiny. The pain was unreal. I was screaming in my sleep. I had returned to the urgent care multiple times and was complaining of pain of 15 to 20 on a scale of 10! My foot began to drop and turned purple, remains cold, has a weak or nonexistent pulse now to the foot. The temperature drops significantly when my toe is pointed downward. I cannot move my great toe or most of my foot; stiffness seems to be chronic. I have complete numbness to mid-calf and foot and it has a weird pulling type sensation with a feeling of constant heaviness like a bag of concrete is tied to my leg. I am still in an air cast 12 weeks later and can only walk 150 feet, then pain stabs my calf. I can stand approximately 5 minutes, then the same pulling sensation starts then pain. I was not treated despite my symptoms being visible - pale skin in the leg and foot, purple discoloration, increased pain not matching the injury, weak or non-existent pulse and numbness to the leg and foot. They gave me no pain medications and I felt tortured with the injury. I now am in therapy and the only time my foot has improved is if I am in a warm water pool, unfortunately I can’t live in a pool for the rest of my life.

Comment from: joshua, Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I had surgery (fasciotomy) on both lower part of my leg for compartment syndrome; it appears to have fixed the problem. I know I’m having the pains underneath both feet, surgeon suggested to try natural remedies like acupuncture. I did try but still have the pain.

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