Broken tibia and fibula

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On January 21,17 I was hit by a car breaking both of my legs. The right leg was my hip, pelvis and femur. I have a rod and 4 screws there. The left I have a compound fracture tibia and fibula. I also have a rod and 4 screws there. The right leg healed well it's still give me a little pain, but nothing like my left leg in which is still broken. About a month ago I started using a bone stimulator. At my last appointment on June 27th there wasn't any improvement. I go back on august 8th if things haven't started to heal the dr is talking about a bone graft. Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to help this I'm 42 years old with a 4 year old son I'm so ready to get my life back

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    Hi. I am so sorry to hear about your accident. Comparing to your injuries, mine may seem like nothing. I broke my fibula and dislocated the whole ankle structure on 27th March and had surgery on 31st March. Plate and 6 screws. It was a major surgery. I was 6 weeks in a cast no weight bearing, followed by another 6 weeks in a boot with partial weight bearing. I am 14 weeks post surgery and walk unaided in my shoes. I almost got my whole life back. Before the injury,I worked for 34 years with people with injuries like yours and mine so this time I was my own client. I heard during the years about people who had no healing and had to have extra bone graft surgeries, so I tried to avoid problems like this. I had every day Calcium, vit D and K to help the healing plus vitamin C 3 times a day. Also tried to keep active even in the wheelchair. Change your diet. Add milk, dairy, lots of citrus. Also protein. I am a vegetarian so I had every day mushrooms, beans and eggs. Also drimk loads of water. Take those vitamins I mentioned. It would make such an improvement. Good luck with the recovery. I trully believe that you will heal well.

    Brigitte

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      Thanks for the info on the vitamins. I've asked my dr about what I could take and he hasn't given me any suggestions. This has been a very long ride. I lost my best friend in this accident also. She died from blunt force trauma to the chest and face. So I was lucky to come out alive.

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      Very sad. I can understand what you've been through. Losing your friend and get badly injured. So sorry. You will be fine because there is hope and you will heal. Don't dounbt that! 

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    Was this was a very serious injury, I am so sorry for you and the loss of your friend. I know another surgery is always last resort so I hope it does heal before then. Maybe a second opinion from another surgeon because I know not being able to walk without pain is not what you want. I think when the body has a lot of injuries to heal it may require more time. Im just getting out of my walking boot after 7 months tomorrow. I had two surgeries and still havepain in my ankle when I do the excercises. I heard a year for full healing.

    I wish you all the best with your recovery!

    Margie

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      Good luck tomorrow!!! This pain has been unbearable at times and now when the weather is changing I can feel it before it's even on the news. I'm going on 25 weeks Saturday I'd love to wake up to a miracle one day.

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    Hi Nicke,

    My sympathies go out to you on your accident and injuries. I'm so glad you dialed into this forum because there are many of us here with hard-won advice that might help you.

    Brigitte's advice on diet and nutrition is spot on. Unfortunately, the average physician is little help on dietary advice, especially for fracture and trauma patients (they say that medical doctors receive about an hour of instruction on nutrition during their entire medical training). If your doctors are mainstream like mine was they will never mention the need for a specially tailored recovery diet so you are on your own. Thankfully, there is a ton of good dietary information in books and online.

    It is disturbing that after 5 months your fractured left leg hasn't mended. You mentioned using a 'bone stimulator', but you did not elaborate. PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) devices have been used for decades to heal bone breaks that refuse to heal by themselves (even some atrocious long-time non-unions respond to this therapy). So one wonders if the device you are using is ineffective, or if you are not using a high-enough field power level or you are treating with it for insufficent time.

    You're only 42 with a child that depends on you, and from the tone of your post you sound like a fighter-- a patient that will not roll over passively.

    Go for a complete recovery and don't settle for less than that!

     

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      I'm definitely a fighter, but I can feel myself breaking from time to time. Which is normal considering what I have been through. The bone stimulator I'm using has to be placed in 2 different spots daily for 40 minutes. I read the book that came with it and it say there was a study done on the effectiveness of the machine out of 34 people 28 seen great results the others didn't. It also said out of those patients the fractures were fresh. Mine was no where near to fresh when I started. I'm on day 42 now. I really hope it works. I don't want another surgery!!

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    Hope you are doing better. I originally had a dislocated Tallus and Bimalleolar Ankle fracture of the fibula and Tibia

    Today marks my 2 week post op and wondering where everyone is at in their recovery stage. I am supposed to go get my permanent cast on Jul 21. I have had my temp cast with the post op split on for 3 weeks.

    Yes getting bored and trying to stay busy.

    Bobbie

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      Staying busy is very important. Letting the mind wander was pretty dangerous for me. Find TV shows to watch, books to read, games to play and even coloring has calmed me. I never had a cast which I'm not upset with(sorry). My bathes went from 2 kitchen chairs in my living room to a shower chair in the tub thank god. I could'nt have done any of this without my wonderful husband. I've been beyond blessed. I hope your recovery isn't as long as mine. I'm not a holy person, but I'm praying for everyone in this group. Ik how you all feel and this isn't fun. I'd much rather be on a beach somewhere lol. Sorry a little humor never hurt anyone.

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    Nick

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know this is very traumatic for you and also for your friends family.

    I hope and pray that you will soon have relief from the pain.

    Bobbie

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    Nicke,

    Since you don't mention the name of your 'bone stimulator' I can only guess at what you are actually using.

    When I was recovering from my bimalleolar fracture I used an ICES brand PEMF device up to 3 hours a day. In hindsight, I would have benefited from even more hours/day. The developer/manufacturer actually recommends using it continuously for serious orthopedic or nerve injuries (please bear in mind that for legal liability reasons the maker does not make health claims for human use of his device).

    Stay the course, do your best, and I'm sure you will prevail.

    My advice to you, and all the other foot/ankle patients facing trying times, is this: you are a lot stronger than you believe you are in a crisis.

    The new book by author JJ Virgin called 'Miracle Mindset' can be an inspiration to anyone going through a life-altering challenge.

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      The name of the stimulator I'm using is exogen i do 2 treatments 20 minutes each.

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    Hi Nicke,

    Thanks for the info. I had not heard of Exogen.

    It appears it is a LIPUS (Low Intensity Pulsed UltraSound) device.

    The literature is inconsistent on the effectiveness of Exogen. The manufacturer's website cites that clinical studies shows it helps accelerate bone fracture healing time and healing non-unions. Other studies have failed to show LIPUS treatment  effectiveness conclusively. So I guess more study is needed.

    I noticed one Exogen selling on Ebay for $90. However, the seller noted that there were no treatments left- so I guess 'treatments' are an add-on cost.

    Good luck with your treatments.

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      That machine cost 5000.00 in which my insurance covered 4300.00 I had to come out of pocket 700.00 on something I have no faith in it working. Come on August 8th I'm telling my dr let's do the bone graft NOW. I'm 7 months past due.

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      Hello. I hope things are much better for you. Did you go through with the bone graft? I also broke my tib/fib 7/31/17. It was a spiral break with an additional 10 breaks from knee to ankle.  I had the intramedullary Rod placed with 6 screws. 8 months later it was non union.  I didn't waste any time on the stimulators because I knew the  outcome wasn't guaranted. So the option was a graft. I got a second opinion and decided to have surgery, but they were only replacing old rod with bigger rod. It stimulated more bone growth and I'm healing better than ever.  I got to steer away from grafting because of a second opinion. Good luck to you. I hope you can respond. I'm wondering about ankle pain and screws. 

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