MaKayla 12:27pm Jan 12 2019
This sounds very familiar to what I have done. I broke my right ankle in 3 places as well, end of fibula, inside and back. It's called a Trimalleoular (spelling?) fracture. A year and a half ago I broke my left ankle fibula with dislocation and had surgery's. One to put in hardware plus two sydesmotic screws and one to remove the two syndesmotic screws. I still have a plate and screws in on that ankle.
My right ankle break which sounds almost exactly like yours happened last Thursday at work. Fell down the stairs. I am thankful that I was coherent and stood my ground on not going to the ER. I was terrified of getting there and being told to wait to see an Orthopedic. I insisted on going to a clinic/orthopedic ER that we have in Wisconsin (USA) called the Ortho ASAP clinic. I was seen right away Thursday night by an Orthopedic and told that I needed surgery. He said that this type of break was only fixable by surgery but reassured me it would only be one unless I chose to have the hardware removed. He sent me home for the weekend to bring swelling down and scheduled surgery for this past Monday.
So although it absolutely sucks to have to wait it may not be the most terrible thing. You have to bring the swelling down if it calls for surgery anyways. Gosh I know how annoying it is. I spent all last weekend freaking out that they were going to turn me away due to the swelling. The thought of another surgery was daunting as I am a plus size girl and had some complications the last time but I'm almost glad I had it. Dr told me 6 weeks after the surgery, depending on healing, I will be walking with either a brace or a boot and should be driving shortly after that. PT not necessarily needed but he will send me if I want.
When I look up these types of fractures they all seem to tell me different things so I think theres alot of different variables that go into a prognosis.
You could try calling an ortho center and tell them your in alot of pain, see if they can squeeze you in. Did the ER prescribe any pain meds? Before surgery I was told to stay on top of pain and not let it get bad. I was using my prescription at night and alternating tylenol and ibuprofen during the day along with lots of distraction measures.
I hope this helps! I feel like a freaking pro a this and since our injuries sound oddly similar I had to write in. Let me know if you have more questions or just want to talk, distraction can do wonders for pain. Hang in there :)