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after effects of broken femur??

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 5, 2007
  • 05:53 PM

i recently broke my femur in a car accident on 6/12/07.. the doctor did surgery and put a titanium rod in my leg.. ive been told im healing quickly and doing all the necesary follow up therapy.. im 19 years old and im wondering how this injury/titanium rod will affect me down the road and what i can do to prevent it.. thank you

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  • hi Im sarah and I broke my right femur on 02/25/07 in a car accident...fell asleep, no other car was involved! I spent a week in the hospital...did a month of physical therapy. I used crutches for almost 3 months and had little limp for another 5 months. Well its been almost 3 years since the accident and my leg hurts everytime it rains, when its cold out, when I walk for long distances, and when I drive!! The pain is like a constant throbbing that sometime is in the whole leg or just around the actual area where it was broke. I knew that when you have metal put in your body that it will hurt sometimes but my question is why is it now that everytime Im sitting down it feels like the metal rod is coming out of the incision scar on my hip!?? is it normal!?? I know how you feel. I'm older,52, but I broke my femur in a fall Oct, 2008. I had a rod and nails inserted at the hip and knee. To this day I still can't sleep on my right side. It feels like the nails are coming through. My MD took an xray (side view), We noticed that the nail is about 1/2 inch sticking outside the bone. There was no mention of removing them. Have an xray done. Anyone, should these be removed and how long is the recooperation if I do? I just got a new job and have to work to keep my house. I already got a stress fracture in my fibula from not walking correctly. I have a limp. I'm afraid to try to run or even trot again as I don't want myknees to give out. Thanks
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    • January 18, 2010
    • 03:09 PM
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  • I know how you feel. I'm older,52, but I broke my femur in a fall Oct, 2008. I had a rod and nails inserted at the hip and knee. To this day I still can't sleep on my right side. It feels like the nails are coming through. My MD took an xray (side view), We noticed that the nail is about 1/2 inch sticking outside the bone. There was no mention of removing them. Have an xray done. Anyone, should these be removed and how long is the recooperation if I do? I just got a new job and have to work to keep my house. I already got a stress fracture in my fibula from not walking correctly. I have a limp. I'm afraid to try to run or even trot again as I don't want myknees to give out. ThanksI know how you feel; I broke my femur (near the top, but far enough below the hip to not cause problems with that) and both my tib and fib in October 2009 - motorbike accident, my fault no other vehicle. If the bike had not decided to land on top of me, I would have walked away. I have pins from ankle to knee and from knee to hip. I was two weeks in hospital then out on crutches and for the past couple of months I have been using a walking stick for any distance more than 20 m or so. I have been pretty good with PT, and was making great progress I thought but lately I seem to have pain from the breaks especially in the tib/fib. I'm told the bone is getting on for fully healed now - 7 months - so I'm starting to think my body doesnt like the pins. My surgeon is confident the pins wont need to be removed and I dont see him again until July. Lately Ive missed a couple of PT sessions because of the pain.I cant believe some of the things I'm reading in this blog - fully functional back in basketball after a couple of months? I was still on crutches then. Although I can use the exercise bike and ski machine for 45 minutes any impact on the leg from running makes me stop right away. Maybe its an age thing, I'm 52 but going on 32 in my head like most guys I suspect. Oh yeah I did have a screw which protruded too far out the other side of the bone right at the knee - it was snagging the tendons when I bent my knee - so I had that removed in January. I'm waiting to see how I am in July and will have a serious discussion with the surgeon about whether to keep the pins or not ..... btw this is a great site for finding others going through the same thing, I have found it very helpful
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