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Broke femur 7 mos ago, still in severe pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 15, 2010
  • 05:35 AM

Dec 19th, 2009 I was in a terrible car accident. I had a concussion, fractured rib & wrist, & broken femur (midshaft). A metal rod along with two screws were put inside my leg 2 days later when they operated on me. I spent 2 1/2 weeks in the hospital, including Christmas, & you can only imagine what it felt like to wake up to these conditions. I was only released from the hospital in the condition that I could get around in a walker. Although it was extremely difficult, I forced myself so that I could be released by new years. I was not at all weight bearing in the beginning & was so pained I could barely even lay in bed. I missed work for 2 months until they gave me an ultimatum & I was forced to go back. I went to therapy & started working again, would have my leg extended all day at work & graduated to crutches. As the excercises in PT got more intense, I started getting sharp pain in my knee. After 2 mos of PT I saw no improvement & stop going due to the pain. It had been about 3-4 mos after the accident & I had not yet seen the Ortho who operated on me. I kept seeing doctors who were of no help & were not at all knowledgeable in dealing with my injury. When I finally found my Ortho I was able to get my 1st x-rays which showed some new bone filling in with a way to go. The Dr injected my knee with steroids for the pain, but it was of no help. I was given a bone stimulator that supposedly helps bone growth. I didn't do much excercise & the pain gradually started to go away & I then graduated to a cane. At almost 6 mos. I went back to the Dr & he said that I shouldve healed by then. I told him I still felt alot of discomfort & that I was not ready to walk yet. The x-rays he took again showed no change. He asked me to see an endochrinologist to see if I had a thyroid problem that was stunting the growth of my femur. I did not go. 2 weeks ago I begun to get severe knee pain again. I spent all 4th of July weekend in bed barely being able to walk to the bathroom. I was almost positive the screw that was placed by my knee was the cause. I made an emergency appt with my Dr & when he took the x-rays again they showed no change. He again asked me if I'd checked my thyroid & spoke of dynamization (removing the screw & placing it elsewhere). I went to the endochrinologist although I feel it's a complete waste of time. It couldn't be the cause of pain so severe 7 mos into an injury. I am desperate, carless, & depressed, scared that I will never walk again. As I'm writing this I'm waiting for my bloodwork results for my thyroid. Both of my knees look the same but today I noticed the bad one felt very hot. I just wanted to know if anyone has an answer or suggestion for me or can relate. I am 25 & I feel like I'm missing out on life. This has by far been the worst year of my life. I went from being happy & confident to slowly becoming hopeless. No one undestands me.

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  • Hi I slipped on a spill in a store 6 months ago ending up with a Spiral Fracture of my Femur. I had to wait in the hospital 10 days before they operated. I have pain behind my knee and they now think one of the screws is too long. I am still using a walker except for short walks in the house. The pain is worse behind my knee when I get up and go to use it. I don't have any pain in the femur at all, it is all behind my knee. It feels like I have torn a muscle badly and since when I slipped my knee actually went out on a 90 degree angle from the outside of my knee not the bending inside knee, I am wondering if they have missed something in the surgery and scans.:confused:
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 17, 2010
    • 09:51 AM
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  • Dec 19th, 2009 I was in a terrible car accident. I had a concussion, fractured rib & wrist, & broken femur (midshaft). A metal rod along with two screws were put inside my leg 2 days later when they operated on me. I spent 2 1/2 weeks in the hospital, including Christmas, & you can only imagine what it felt like to wake up to these conditions. I was only released from the hospital in the condition that I could get around in a walker. Although it was extremely difficult, I forced myself so that I could be released by new years. I was not at all weight bearing in the beginning & was so pained I could barely even lay in bed. I missed work for 2 months until they gave me an ultimatum & I was forced to go back. I went to therapy & started working again, would have my leg extended all day at work & graduated to crutches. As the excercises in PT got more intense, I started getting sharp pain in my knee. After 2 mos of PT I saw no improvement & stop going due to the pain. It had been about 3-4 mos after the accident & I had not yet seen the Ortho who operated on me. I kept seeing doctors who were of no help & were not at all knowledgeable in dealing with my injury. When I finally found my Ortho I was able to get my 1st x-rays which showed some new bone filling in with a way to go. The Dr injected my knee with steroids for the pain, but it was of no help. I was given a bone stimulator that supposedly helps bone growth. I didn't do much excercise & the pain gradually started to go away & I then graduated to a cane. At almost 6 mos. I went back to the Dr & he said that I shouldve healed by then. I told him I still felt alot of discomfort & that I was not ready to walk yet. The x-rays he took again showed no change. He asked me to see an endochrinologist to see if I had a thyroid problem that was stunting the growth of my femur. I did not go. 2 weeks ago I begun to get severe knee pain again. I spent all 4th of July weekend in bed barely being able to walk to the bathroom. I was almost positive the screw that was placed by my knee was the cause. I made an emergency appt with my Dr & when he took the x-rays again they showed no change. He again asked me if I'd checked my thyroid & spoke of dynamization (removing the screw & placing it elsewhere). I went to the endochrinologist although I feel it's a complete waste of time. It couldn't be the cause of pain so severe 7 mos into an injury. I am desperate, carless, & depressed, scared that I will never walk again. As I'm writing this I'm waiting for my bloodwork results for my thyroid. Both of my knees look the same but today I noticed the bad one felt very hot. I just wanted to know if anyone has an answer or suggestion for me or can relate. I am 25 & I feel like I'm missing out on life. This has by far been the worst year of my life. I went from being happy & confident to slowly becoming hopeless. No one undestands me.Hello. I know how you feel. I was in a motorcycle accident 6 months ago, and had a butterfly fracture on my left femur. I have not been to work since, but I will be returnig to work in 2 weeks, as Im so bored at home, and I have started to become depressed. I have been for several xays, and they do show some improvement, but it is only small. I have been doing PT, and I purchased and exercise bike. I initially did 20mins per day, on the hardest setting, and it helped me get back some motion. I still cannot walk, except for a few meters. The pain in my knee is awfull, and my hip does not feel much better. I am certain the scews are not helping. I have two just above the knee, and one going into the top of the femur, into the ball part. The pain I experience around the top of the knee, is, in my opinion, form the screws, and the pain in my hip also. I expect there to be pain in and around the knee from the stress being put on the joint. As soon as my bones have knitted together, I will request the screws to be taken out. The Doc told me the rod cannot be removed for a few years, as it takes that long for the bone to be fully healed. Again, as soon as I can, I will have it removed. I have heard far too many stories of people leaving the rods in, breaking their leg, and the rod being bent. This has even led to people's legs having to be amputated. I am desperate to get back on my motorcycle, and start living a normal life again. I dont expect miracles to happen overnight, but its a bit hard, when you read some peoples stories, about how they have fully recovered in 3 months. Sorry to go on a bit. I just wanted to let you know that you are not the only one. Keep your chin up, you will get batter, but it takes a while. Take care
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2010
    • 11:40 AM
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  • Thanks for replying..it is now over the 7 month mark and when I saw the hospital ortho last week, he made an appointment for me to see the surgeon who operated. Thats 2 ortho's who agree that one of the screws down behind my knee is too long. As far as the bone is growing back fine, and he said it would be stronger than it was before. My plate and screws will stay in forever apparently except for the one that is too long.Will post how I get on in October. :D I know how you feel about the Depression also as it really does takes a long time to heal and you are so helpless while you are waiting. In fact it is scary moving around as I get flashbacks and visions of slipping so easily again.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2010
    • 01:50 AM
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  • Hello. I know how you feel. I was in a motorcycle accident 6 months ago, and had a butterfly fracture on my left femur. I have not been to work since, but I will be returnig to work in 2 weeks, as Im so bored at home, and I have started to become depressed. I have been for several xays, and they do show some improvement, but it is only small. I have been doing PT, and I purchased and exercise bike. I initially did 20mins per day, on the hardest setting, and it helped me get back some motion. I still cannot walk, except for a few meters. The pain in my knee is awfull, and my hip does not feel much better. I am certain the scews are not helping. I have two just above the knee, and one going into the top of the femur, into the ball part. The pain I experience around the top of the knee, is, in my opinion, form the screws, and the pain in my hip also. I expect there to be pain in and around the knee from the stress being put on the joint. As soon as my bones have knitted together, I will request the screws to be taken out. The Doc told me the rod cannot be removed for a few years, as it takes that long for the bone to be fully healed. Again, as soon as I can, I will have it removed. I have heard far too many stories of people leaving the rods in, breaking their leg, and the rod being bent. This has even led to people's legs having to be amputated. I am desperate to get back on my motorcycle, and start living a normal life again. I dont expect miracles to happen overnight, but its a bit hard, when you read some peoples stories, about how they have fully recovered in 3 months. Sorry to go on a bit. I just wanted to let you know that you are not the only one. Keep your chin up, you will get batter, but it takes a while. Take care I broke my femur in November 2007 when a horse I was riding reared up and fell over backwards on top of me. It has taken me a very long time to recover. I have started having ricidulous amounts of pain in my leg, so much so that I struggle daily to put my socks on and to zip up my riding boots. I have loads of pain when driving, cannot lie on my side in bed and whilst sitting at work etc, my knee is more or less knackered, creaks all the time and I can no longer crouch down. I have been to see my surgeon a couple of times re removing the pin which is inserted in my leg from hip to knee, along with the two screws, as I am convinced that this is what is causing the pain. My surgeon says he cannot guarantee removing the pin will take the pain away and I have tried to live with it up until now, but it is becoming so unbearable I am going back in a couple of weeks to see him with regards to having it removed. he has told me I will need to be on crutches for 6 weeks once it is removed. Has anyone else had the same thing, and had it removed? I wanted it removed as a last resort as I dont want another operation but enough is enough. I am 39years old and cant go on like this for the rest of my life, not being able to put my socks on or lift my leg up to put trousers on etc. Will post the outcome.....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 31, 2010
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  • I broke my femur in November 2007 when a horse I was riding reared up and fell over backwards on top of me. It has taken me a very long time to recover. I have started having ricidulous amounts of pain in my leg, so much so that I struggle daily to put my socks on and to zip up my riding boots. I have loads of pain when driving, cannot lie on my side in bed and whilst sitting at work etc, my knee is more or less knackered, creaks all the time and I can no longer crouch down. I have been to see my surgeon a couple of times re removing the pin which is inserted in my leg from hip to knee, along with the two screws, as I am convinced that this is what is causing the pain. My surgeon says he cannot guarantee removing the pin will take the pain away and I have tried to live with it up until now, but it is becoming so unbearable I am going back in a couple of weeks to see him with regards to having it removed. he has told me I will need to be on crutches for 6 weeks once it is removed. Has anyone else had the same thing, and had it removed? I wanted it removed as a last resort as I dont want another operation but enough is enough. I am 39years old and cant go on like this for the rest of my life, not being able to put my socks on or lift my leg up to put trousers on etc. Will post the outcome..... I have a plate and heaps of screws in my femur....The pain is never ending, so I see yours is almost 3yrs. OMG I am complaining at almost 8 months now. Good luck and let me know how you get on please. I don't think any of us realised how long a Spiral Fracture of the femur would take to heal. I know the bone is growing back well, and the Surgeons are happy with that, it is a screw which is too long that they are looking at, but have said that may not stop the pain. I don't want to be on Pain Meds like this forever either and have an appointment with the Head Surgeon again in October to see whether he thinks it is worth the risk of removing the offending screw. Will also update when I see him too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 1, 2010
    • 01:58 AM
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  • I have a plate and heaps of screws in my femur....The pain is never ending, so I see yours is almost 3yrs. OMG I am complaining at almost 8 months now. Good luck and let me know how you get on please. I don't think any of us realised how long a Spiral Fracture of the femur would take to heal. I know the bone is growing back well, and the Surgeons are happy with that, it is a screw which is too long that they are looking at, but have said that may not stop the pain. I don't want to be on Pain Meds like this forever either and have an appointment with the Head Surgeon again in October to see whether he thinks it is worth the risk of removing the offending screw. Will also update when I see him too. UpdateI am scheduled to have the screw that is too long removed tomorrow 16th November. Just hoping this helps reduce the pain at least. There are a heap of screws at the base of the femur near my knee so hoping they remove the right one.
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    • November 14, 2010
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  • UpdateI am scheduled to have the screw that is too long removed tomorrow 16th November. Just hoping this helps reduce the pain at least. There are a heap of screws at the base of the femur near my knee so hoping they remove the right one. Latest update. It is now 13 months since I slipped on a spill in a store and spiral fracture my femur. I had the offending screw removed that was too long but I still have pain behind the knee and also find I get hip pain at night because I sleep on my side with a pillow between my legs to get comfortable. I have never been able to sleep on my back.The bone is healed and they are happy with that , but only 50 degree bend and the phsio has said he didn't want to push it so I am just doing light bending exercises when the pain isn't too bad. I am still on strong painkillers, and they said this is probably as good as it will get. Will update if I have any improvement and also my leg is 1cm shorter and causing pain in my hip when I walk too far.
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  • Wow I hear peoples stories and it makes me sad I broke my femur and got rod and screws I'm 24 and I'm in depression because I want to be how I use too happy...I struggle to change to shower to walk everything can't do it on my own its been two weeks and I'm in so much pain I wonder will I ever be the same will I heal back to normal walk the same or anything somebody tell me if they went to be the same pain free
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