2 broken leg recovery

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hi all.. I’m 6 weeks post op for displaced fibula fracture of right ankle (pinned and plated) and spiral  fracture of my right tibia (Inter medullary nail inserted and pinned). Does anyone have experience of breaking both legs?  I’m trying to gauge the recovery process ? I cannot use crutches yet as I cannot bear weight on the left ankle and my right. With the IM nail isn’t strong enough either .

Would really appreciate any help on tips for recovery, recovery duration, expectation on what I can.or can’t expect to do... there doesn’t seem to be much info out there ?  

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    WOW when you decided to go for it you sure did a good job, I bet that hurt, was it a motor bike accident, I'm thinking that recovery for any fracture is going to be completely different to another persons so it's a case of waiting to see how it goes, are you doing Physio

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    Hi there

    I am terribly sorry for your situation. I was one of those very unlucky people who had both legs broken. I had a broken left ankle and needed cast for 6weeks. Unfortunately, just days before the cast removal I had another fall and broke completely my right femoral bone and needed surgery immediately. I also have fixation by IM nail and currently still has it. So my recovery was slow and painful but I went through. It felt like it’s never gonna end but it did. I was bedridden for 2 months as I could not put any weight on any leg. I had the ankle cast for nearly 4months. I was walking with a walker for 8 months and then upgraded to crutches, then a cane and now I walk on my own. It took me nearly 16months to stand on my feet. However, despite my situation I refused to be desperate and depressed, so 5 months after the femoral surgery I resumed work and was going to office with the walker. When I gain confidence to walk with the crutches I started to drive a car. When I was with my cane I started to travel abroad. Today I live on the other side of the globe of where I had my injuries and I am still recovering.

    My advice, you will heal, you won’t remember any of this time but one thing you shouldn’t be doing - never give up. Find time for your family in this though times, enjoy learning something new. 

    I was forgotten by almost all of my so called friends during those though days, but I learnt life long lessons. Stay strong and you can go through this.

    Take care

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      Good post.  One does learn who are your true friends and hopefully you have made even more on the other side of the globe.   
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      You are such an inspiration Julia and I admire you for your perseverance.

      Some breaking my right wrist at the beginning of April I have been feeling very sorry for myself and am lacking in motivation.

      My cast was removed on 9 th May and since having it removed my wrist has been very stiff and I am experiencing weird numb feelings in my thumb and wrist - I can only describe it as feeling numb inside as when I touch my skin I have full feeling!!! Someone has suggested that this could be due to the pressure of the cast on my nerves but it is annoying and worrying me.  I have my third session of physio next week and back to fracture clinic the following week so I shall express my concerns then.

      I understand that we all heal at different rates and that I need patience but I am finding it very hard.

      Thank you for sharing your story and I shall keep referring to it when I need some inspiration!

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