This is an outstanding response. Thank you for taking the time to share and thank you for the work that you do.

As of right now the only treatment plan my doctor has in place is for me to sit here, stay off my foot and wait which for me does not seem like much of a plan at all, but I’m also anxious. My mind is aware that the injury is fresh, incredibly swollen and about as black as bruised can be.

After I had surgery due to cancer I took the pain medication prescribed because of the surgery. The Oncologist did want me to be put on a pain medication regime during the treatment following but I opted for seeing a chiropractor, having acupuncture done and doing physical therapy instead. I still experienced days of discomfort but it wasn’t painful enough to warrant narcotics.

I have an appointment on Monday and that’s one of the questions on my list. Can I see a chiropractor? Clearly the chiropractor will not touch my broken bones but adjusting the rest of my body will certainly relieve the physical stress I’m feeling from the injury and therefore aid in my recovery. This is something I wish all doctors would talk to patients about. There are other methods to treat long term issues while pain medication should be used short term.

Another thing I’ve been researching on my own is the best type of whole health meditation because seriously, after having a broken foot for five months and then breaking it again only two months later and potentially looking at another 6–8 months in a boot, at some point lack of cardio exercise will become a personal concern for me. Even during the two months my exercise was restricted because the original fracture wasn’t fully healed but at least I was walking the track every day and attending yoga three times a week.

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