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Hello to all accountants and CPA. I couldn't find no "injury remedy" newsgroup so I thought I would post it here to see if anybody have any
suggestion since I think accountants and CPAs are well rounded group of people. I sprained my ankle about 4 months ago when I slipped on some stairs in the dark when power went out. I have no pain when I walk or slow jog. But when I jump, I feel slight pain. Also swelling has gone down from beginning but it's still swollen after 4 months. I wanted to ask if anybody have any suggestion or know if something might be wrong. At this time, I don't have medical insurance and two doctors I've called to schedule were going to charge me $350 just for a check up so I couldn't go. Anyone know of any sports injury newsgroup? Thanks alot.
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For starters, this isn't a sporting injury, unless you consider dark stairwell climbing a sport.
Next, you didn't get checked out as soon as the injury occurred, so it'll be difficult to prove that 1) the fall happened at all, and 2) that it was the cause of any existing injury.
Then you have to be able to point to how the property owner was liable for the power being out. For any liability to attach, the property owner had to know about the unlit stairwell and would have to have had time to fix that problem.
But, go to one of the legal newsgroups and see what they say.
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Thanks for your prompt response. Actually I have no interest in suing anybody. Besides it is my fault anyways.. All I care about is my ankle because it hasn't healed as I hoped. I am just wondering what I can do to heal without seeing a doctor if it is possible because the doctors are trying to charge me arm and a leg. I was wondering if anybody had an experience of spraining their ankle which didn't heal for a long time and what they did about it. Does anybody know of a "sports injury newsgroup" or "medicine help" or related newsgroup? I couldn't find it so I just post it here randomly. Thanks alot.
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On Sat, 23 Dec 2006 03:05:25 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net wrote:

At this point in your healing process (or lack thereof), no medical professional in his/her right mind would give advice over the internet that would involve keeping you from being examined. The more you wait, the worse your ankle may get.
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luvthyneighbor:
I too sprained my ankle. Unlike you I had excellent medical insurance and was treated by a physician at the time of the injury. In my case, I sprained it by kicking an old shoe laying on the sidewalk. Mind you I didn't just kick it, I really wond up good and socked it a good punt. Having given so much thought and effort to the windup and delivery, I neglected proper consideration of the landing, which occured on the street below the sidewalk from which I originally launched my attack. Not only did my foot land a full three inches below the starting level of my fabulous shoe thumping, but it landed on the very edge of a recessed drainage grate with the result being that my ankle, normally positioned above my foot, continued downward stopping its downward journey a full 2 and a half inched below the bottom of my foot which by this time had decided to thwart its devinely designed purpose of laying sole downwards, and had taken a notion that it should allow its sole to view the lovely blue sky and bright sunshine above. All of this happend over twenty five years ago.
To this day that particular ankle remains considerabley larger than the other, though I would not describe it as swollen. Namely it is not tender or sore to the touch. Like you I continued to experience "slight pain" during especially straining activities. Even to this day, if the weather is just right, if I am unfortuneate enough to twist it again, which it is considerablely more prone to than the other, or if I stress it by sitting on it in a peculiar or particular manner, "Sight pain" is still a possibility. Again, I had very good medical attention.
I personally have a tendency to accumulate excessive scar tissue at the sight of injuries. Over the years I have experienced other strains, and sprains, etc.Most still have the potential to add renewed discomfort under the right set of circumstances. In general the medical advice I have received relating to these injuries has been to strengthen the muscles supporting the injured area as much as possible. One orthopedist who treated my wife for a stress fracture in her thigh recommended the chapter on injuries in "Galoway's Book on Running" by Jeff Galloway as a good primer on how to rehabilitate the kind of injury which she, you and I have all experienced. It sounds to me as if you have regained most functioning in your ankle. My experience suggests that you should exercise the ankle to continue to strengthen it, while being carefull not to over tax it. Swimming, and walking are both excellent activities for this. Listen to the ankle. Signs that you might be overdoing the strengthening are tenderness and pain to the touch, true swelling. As with me, one ankle may continue to be larger than the other for the rest of your life.
I am not a physician, only a fellow member of the walking wounded. Hope my story provides something of value you can apply in your own recovery. Good luck.
Maine Pots and Pans

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