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Broke my femur 7 months ago, still in severe pain!

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  • Posted By: Tiffc1028
  • July 15, 2010
  • 05:50 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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  • Tiff I can relate as I have been in pain for 2 years since my injury.I dont know how to help you out but I have gotten that look from more than one doctor about the pain and I am sick of it. It totally changes your life and your relationships in life. While no one that is close to you understands I understand what you are going thru and I pray that you will be strengthened and your pain will subside and you new life will be fruitfull and productive.
    Nimmer 1 Replies
    • August 17, 2010
    • 00:49 AM
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  • Tiff I can relate as I have been in pain for 2 years since my injury.I dont know how to help you out but I have gotten that look from more than one doctor about the pain and I am sick of it. It totally changes your life and your relationships in life. While no one that is close to you understands I understand what you are going thru and I pray that you will be strengthened and your pain will subside and you new life will be fruitfull and productive.That is so sad! I can't even imagine what going on 2 years feels like!! I am now going on 10 months & I can barely contain myself anymore. Tell me a little more about your condition. I had the dynamization surgery Aug 5th & pretty much started from scratch all over again. They removed the screw that was by my knee & my leg took it as if part of my leg had been removed. I am still pretty bad. Just now getting back into PT & still using a cane. I'm off painkillers but have constant pain daily. I canceled all my Dr appts due to the fact that I am in severe debt due to all my hospital bills. I met a guy who happened to have the same exact injury & he said it took him 3 years to get 100% back to normal. He now works for fedex & carries heavy boxes, etc which is good but that number of years terrifies me! I turn 26 in a few weeks & can't help but remember how miserable the whole year I was 25 has been. People tell me I should be glad I'm alive but it's so hard to look at it that way when I've lost my car, my independence, my confidence, & my entire social life. I feel dumb saying all this to a stranger but I still feel terribly helpless & still can't help but wonder if life will ever be what it once was.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 30, 2010
    • 00:10 AM
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