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Fibro Feelings – Ankle Sprain (Again!)

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This past weekend started off busy! I had lunch with a friend that I volunteer with on my local Arthritis Walk committee. We discussed sponsorship and such, but we also discussed our personal lives. On Saturday The Helpful Hubby and I went to a friend’s Bad Disaster Movie Night/Day. We stayed for 2.5 movies, food and fun, but both of us got headaches, so we headed home early.

On Sunday we decided to go on a nice fall hike in an area we’d only mountain biked at before. About 1.5 miles in we were walking on a trail decline covered in roots and the next thing I knew I was pounding the ground with my chest and my ankle was killing me. As I fell I heard a popping crack and was worried I might have broken the ankle that I sprained so badly in May. The Helpful Hubby realized right away that the sound I heard was just the sound of my hiking poles hitting tree roots.

Thank goodness we’d started carrying an ankle brace in our CamelBack awhile ago because I was able to put that on right away. We were 1 mile away from the parking lot we’d parked at, but luckily The Helpful Hubby knew of an alternative exit that was less than 1/4 mile away. I really appreciated having my hiking poles since they allowed me to walk without putting TOO much weight on my sprain. As we were walking I realized I’d skinned my knee up as well and it was bleeding. After I walked to the closer exit I rested while The Helpful Hubby went back to the parking lot, got the car and drove to me.

We picked up some dinner on the way home and then I got my ankle properly wrapped up, elevated and iced. I spent most of Monday and Tuesday RICEing and resting my body. Since I had used the hiking poles to carry most of my weight after the sprain, my neck, upper arms and sides of my chest were extremely sore. My knees, chest and right elbow were also sore and bruised since they absorbed most of the impact of my fall. Overall, I’m relieved that this sprain is just a typical one and not nearly as bad as the one I had in May!

Have you ever sprained your ankle in the middle of a long walk or hike?

hiking trail

This is somewhat what the trail looked like*

*Image Credit: from by jjwright85

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