Anyone 8 months post Fib/Tib Fx or beyond ?

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Hi everyone,

I am 8 months post fib/tib with a plate and 13 screws. I am wondering how someone at my stage of recovery or beyond is doing?

It is such a very long road and would love to hear how others are. I myself have come such a very long way and am most thankful. I guess I am wondering if I am as good as it gets?

Best wishes to all - speedy recovery!

 

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    Hi Sue

    good post!  I'm at post op 4.5 months breaks with dislocation and RSD. I'm just now starting to get in my walker with air cast on. I'm in wheelchair for parts of my day and shopping. My leg is so weak it has a hard time supporting me. I'm working on that steady. Today I gardened on my bottom, made my way down to the ground on a cushion. Slid around yard, loved it!!  Life is starting to have meaning for me again, your right In saying it's such a long journey. I wish you well, keep on, we're getting there 👣 im thankful too...💫

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      Hi Jannie

      Sounds like you are coming along and in good spirits. Wishing you continued improvements! Best.

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    6 months for me Sue with just a plated Fibula. Very slow recovery. After my op 7 weeks ago i was told 10% weight bearing after 2 weeks. 4weeks later Specialist said 100%. I questioned it. Almost Zero to Hero after 6months of non healing in cast or moonboot. I knee scooter straight to physio and she like me didnt go with his hyper optimistic attitude. Neither did my regular physio. Slowly.

    It aches, swells and has me quite miserable at the end of the day. Am 20% weight bearing. Muscle tone almost invisible. Hanging in there. Need support like this forum to get thru. :-)

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      thanks so much so your reply. For sure it is slow but steady smile. Hang in there and keep pushing for improvement! Rooting for you!
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    I think you should be close to normal. Swelling and pain lingers on depending on work load. I am nine weeks into recovery and can walk with cane but swelling comes back and I have to ice. My physical therapist says swelling gets less in a month or two. My challenge now is to get off norco. I take two pills of 5 mg oxycodone every 24 hours. I am addicted to this narcotic and will see my primary physician on Tuesday to see how to kick the addiction. Best wishes. Nick
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      You are doing well it sounds. I was non weight bearing for 8 weeks and had such a long way to go at 9. Good luck with the meds. I stopped them also right away as they wired me too much. wishing you the best.
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    I think everyone heals and goes at their own rate. What works for one does not necessarily work for another. I stopped comparing myself weeks ago, it only got me down. Now I celebrate each victory, no matter how small. Wishing you all well....👣
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      Hi Jannie- I do agree everyone's experience is different yet we all have a common goal - to recover. Wishing you many celebrations on your road to recovery! Best- Sue
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      Thanks Sue, I agree we all have a common goal to walk again, no matter how we get there. Without this forum I would not have had all the great info from skin to devices to walk with not too mention the great support when things get tough and frustrating. It's been a life saver. Wishing you well.  👣
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    Hi

    I'm with Jannie. Stop comparing yourself. We are all different . Of course a young, strapping man is going to get to the winning post first so to speAk. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration. Unfortunately some suffer for the rest of their lives, a fact ,but if we are having physio, hydrotherapy etc then we are certainly helping ourselves towards our goal. It is a very slow process and don't even ask the doctors how long. I'm just over 7 months and nowhere near the finishing line. Do what you can for your ankle. How old are you and what's troubling you?

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      Hi - 

       Quite the contrary- I am not comparing but wishing to hear others share. By sharing we may learn some techniques, try some suggestions, lift our spirits and maybe even hear of sucess. That there really is a positive end.

       I am 57 and still have pain when I walk at the fracture site. Have difficulty pushing off to say chase after a little one. Other pain that roams i consider healing pains. Being as physio will soon be coming to an end as the insurance determines I should be healed by then- I was wondering what others did at this point. Someone told me improvements are possible till a year..........Wishing you well.

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      Hello sue: That much I have learned the last nine weeks, that there are so many factors influencing recovery: Diabetes (yours truly), age, extent of injury, original bone strength, gender, and other factors I have missed. My surgeon tells me my bones were ok (I am 67) given my age, which helps drilling those 10 screws in my ankle. A Yankee baseball hall of farmer took nine full months to recover from ankle break and he was in his thirties. I wish everybody positive thoughts and abundance of well wishes for speedy recovery.
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      Hi Sue.

      It's not good having pain. I'm coming up 8 months in a couple of weeks or so. This is my story. I am still also in pain. First thing in a morning and after sitting in a chair for a bit, when standing it takes a while to get going without pain and a bad limp. I am limited on how far I can walk and stand without pain. The pain comes and goes. I have plates up my fibula and a plate running across and up my tibia. I have 2 screws inner ankle bone which I can feel most of the time digging in. I'm hardly ever free of pain in that area. My GP was shocked at my X-ray and sent me to have a bone density scan, which came back with severe osteoporosis. I'm sixty next month. I have what looks like a round ball where the 2 screws are and I can still see a crack. Due to osteoporosis my bones shattered and most of the shrapnel the surgeon removed. I don't think regarding my condition I'm ever going to be as I once was. I however remain positive and hope to still improve with time. I am now on expensive medication as I'm a high risk for fractures. I have good and bad days. I'm having physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and walk twice a day for 30 minutes. I am depressed and have anxiety. I am being taught how to walk downstairs with both feet which I find very difficult indeed due to lack of movement in my ankle. I have fear of falling and am doing exercises for balance. I was very fit and active for my age and this has taken away most of my confidence. You are not walking alone Sue and I find comfort in this forum with others who understand. I do hope you recover well. 🙂

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      My goodness, I read these comments and it somewhat gives or takes my spirit away.

      I have two broken ankle, I learnt to separate my ones from my twos. Hard, you have no idea!

      Today I walked in my cam boots seven meters before I had to get back into that wheelchair.

      I will not stop working on my progress, far too stubborn, self employed, don't know if I have a business anymore.

      Take your painkillers, don't allow pain to become cronic. It's hard work, just go for it.

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      I think we are all working on our progress and are on our own path. I do take pain killers and no I have no idea what you are going through. Maybe I'm in the wrong forum haha. Gee.
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      Hi MsCamboot- yes for sure our age and being women play a significant part. I am going for a bone density soon as well. Keeping my fingers crossed. I too had the fear of falling but am starting to be more confidant  now. That takes a lot of time. I hope you recover well.
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      Hi Sue.

      Thank you🙂

      Healing powers to you and fingers crossed for you. Keep me posted how you go.🙂

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      Hi McC how you doing??  Give me an update - I hope this finds you well. I'm no where near walking yet, but up in my walker with boot throughout the day now. I out my runners on and gave it a try, I did a few steps. My leg is so weak and does not line up with my other one.This is my big challenge right now. It's a lesson in patience and then some. I gardened on my bottom yesterday, it felt great to be out. I hope this finds you well, keep on....👣🌞
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      Hi Jannie.

      Great news and you are progressing, yay !

      I'm doing ok Jannie. I must be improving with what I'm putting in. Still having physio and hydrotherapy, not forgetting walking twice daily for 30 minutes. Still in pain and I have trouble starting up and going first thing g in the morning and after sitting. Some days are good, some not so good. Sometimes I feel as if I'm walking well and next I'm hardly moving. I'm keeping positive and see myself as I once was. It could be another year or so to recover, if I ever truly get there haha. There are people far worse off so I keep reminding myself I can now get about. I'm now driving again and that alone is a bonus. I'm glad you got out in your garden Jannie, even if it's sitting down. You are doing well and progressing and that's great news. 🙂🌹A rose from my garden. 🙂

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      Thanks McC, your doing great!  I look back and see my small but steady progress and I'm not even close to walking unaided YET!  I'm so happy your driving, that's a ways away for me but I think bout it. I'm looking at a three wheel bike, it's going be what I do before I'm walking long distance. I guess it's taking each day as it comes.....take good care, Jannie xo 
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