Broken Leg (Leg Fracture)


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Comment from: Kid, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

A dirt bike accident left me with a displaced tibia fibula fracture that required intermedullary rodding (knee to ankle). I was non-weight bearing for 8 weeks. I ended up having the screws removed 6 months later. I'm 9 years out and I still have the rod. The chronic pain is insane. I am active and healthy and it is a massive pain. I refuse all pharmaceutical pain medication, because addiction is real. Good luck out there, friends.

Comment from: KJT713716, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I fell off 4-wheeler. They had to rebreak my fibula, put titanium rod in, and 9 screws. Very painful! I have had 3 kids natural, and this pain is horrible, way worse!

Comment from: Deepak , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

I had a motorbike accident and it broke my tibia and fibula, both. I had an ORIF surgery. Metal rod is placed with screws in my tibia, and fibula was left untouched. As expected, doctor suggested to use PTB brace to walk for load distribution, it's been 3 months now and I gradually started walking with a stick support. Hopefully I will recover soon. Good luck to you all. Wish you all quick recovery.

Comment from: RAZORBACKUFO, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 02

I recently took my wife to a supposedly well respected hospital, and to make it short, she has had about 3 surgeries, including, the spacer. Well, to my surprise she comes out of the hip revision surgery, and they tell me her leg broke during procedure. They put in wire, rods, and all that junk. I am shocked, and don’t understand. They also put over 2 units of blood in her, she weighs about 93 lb., and they are only giving her pain tablets plus IV nausea medicine, and Toradol. I am appalled. Thank you.

Comment from: Kylie , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I was kicked on the side of my shin by my horse, and smashed my tibia and fibula. I now have a rod through my tibia and they left my fibula to mend on its own. Ten days in I’ve taken myself off all drugs and managing ok. I’m almost 2 weeks in now. I can only handle small trips on my crutches. And day 16 I get a boot on, which I’m looking forward to. No weight bearing for 6 weeks. I see so many comments here with the recovery being so long; has got me worried now.

Comment from: Alpacca , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I broke my tibia and ankle after slipping on some residue. It's been 4 months now and I am still in a cast. I can fully weight bear now, but hurts so much. The doctor said to try without crutches but I can't put weight on it like that. My hips hurt one side with all the pressure. Honestly this has been the worst time of my life.

Comment from: MK121979break , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I broke my fibula slipping on ice. Screws and plate have been put in. I started walking a few months after surgery without the boot. I still have pain and swelling. I was told by the physiotherapist I’d feel pain for life.

Comment from: Lynn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I was riding my motorcycle and a car T-boned me in the side, broke my leg and they took off!

Comment from: Tiny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I was walking one morning, and a neighborhood dog ran into my leg and broke the tibia and fibula in my right leg. It’s been ten years now and I still have horrific pain. I’ve alternated gabapentin and Lyrica for seven years now and without them I couldn’t survive the pain. I always know, when there will be weather change, usually the day before. My knee and ankle swells. The pain is like burning, tingling, and numbness all at the same time. Sometimes, you can even feel the heat off my leg.

Comment from: Judyjudy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I broke my fibula and tibia when sliding in a softball game. I had an intramedullary (IM) rodding surgical procedure, three days in hospital. The first 2 weeks were very difficult and painful, but the pain is subsiding each week. I started physical therapy on week 4, post operation. I’m still very stiff and swollen in the joints, but trying to move them as much as possible. I see the surgeon again in 2 weeks, so I hope I will be approved to put weight on the leg. This ordeal has been very difficult.


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Comment from: Bionic Woman, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I slipped down 2 steps, broke my tibia, fibula and ankle bone. I had metal rod and screws put in. Two months after surgery I still have numbness in toes and areas where screws were put in. My leg is in lots of pain going down steps. I am still on crutches or a walker. Only weight bearing up to 100 lb. so far. When does it get better!

Comment from: Sharonjojo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I broke my leg as I was getting ready to go to a funeral. I had a small wedge shoe on, I slipped on my foot and my ankle twisted and threw me on the kitchen floor. The shoes were thrown away.

Comment from: TJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I was sledding with my grandkids in Montana in December 23, 2017. My grandson decided to get off the sled midway and sent his sister and me towards the only tree at the bottom. It was a type of sled you couldn’t get out of. I scooted her over as far as I could and when we hit the tree she popped out safely but I broke my tibia, fibula and crushed my knee. I had 14 screws and 2 steel plates put in. I have had 5 surgeries and will need a full knee replacement in 2 years. Seven months later I’m weight bearing at 40 percent. Ugh.


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