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Old 09-07-2018, 08:30 AM
 
Location: California
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Hello everyone! I am a new tib fib injury. Here's a summary:
1. Aug 22 - walking barefoot. My kids were fighting upstairs and I was walking down our stairs. I stopped before taking the last step, so I could yell at them to stop fightin. Turned around to take a step, missed it...and fell while trying to catch my fall with my right leg - crack, crack - tib fib. Most excruciating painful experience.

2. Aug 23 - Surgery. Tianium rod in my tibia (spiral fracture) with various screws, plate on my fibula with more screws.

3. NWB. Using crutches. Unable to sleep because of the splint they put on. Heavy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4. Sept 6 - First follow up with the ortho. They like my progress...surprised the swelling is not too bad. They took xrays and took off that awful splint that felt like it weighed 20 pounds. I am now in a fiberglass cast...finally able to sleep a few hours during the night.

5. Pain: I guess it's tolerable. I am on a schedule of 2 Tylenol every 6 hours and 2 Motrin every 6 hours. So basically I alternate every 3 hours. I asked the ortho about the risk of Motrin affecting bone healing/growth...she said the evidence is pretty much inconclusive either way. Her position was that it would help with inflammation which would lead to quicker recovery, which would lead to being weight bearing sooner, which would lead to quicker bone healing...basically a domino effect.

6. Going back to the ortho in 2 weeks where they will take xray and if all goes well get an air boot. Hopefully that means I will be weight bearing.

A little bit about me: 38 years old, 2 kids, 1 wonderful wife.
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Feel better soon.

Go upstairs and confront them directly next time...or yell with both feet planted firmly on the floor.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hello everyone! I am a new tib fib injury. Here's a summary:
1. Aug 22 - walking barefoot. My kids were fighting upstairs and I was walking down our stairs. I stopped before taking the last step, so I could yell at them to stop fightin. Turned around to take a step, missed it...and fell while trying to catch my fall with my right leg - crack, crack - tib fib. Most excruciating painful experience.

2. Aug 23 - Surgery. Tianium rod in my tibia (spiral fracture) with various screws, plate on my fibula with more screws.

3. NWB. Using crutches. Unable to sleep because of the splint they put on. Heavy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4. Sept 6 - First follow up with the ortho. They like my progress...surprised the swelling is not too bad. They took xrays and took off that awful splint that felt like it weighed 20 pounds. I am now in a fiberglass cast...finally able to sleep a few hours during the night.

5. Pain: I guess it's tolerable. I am on a schedule of 2 Tylenol every 6 hours and 2 Motrin every 6 hours. So basically I alternate every 3 hours. I asked the ortho about the risk of Motrin affecting bone healing/growth...she said the evidence is pretty much inconclusive either way. Her position was that it would help with inflammation which would lead to quicker recovery, which would lead to being weight bearing sooner, which would lead to quicker bone healing...basically a domino effect.

6. Going back to the ortho in 2 weeks where they will take xray and if all goes well get an air boot. Hopefully that means I will be weight bearing.

A little bit about me: 38 years old, 2 kids, 1 wonderful wife.
I would probably still yell at them from downstairs. I would just be careful how I was walking and make sure both feet were where the belong.

Get better soon and thanks for the humorous advise but I am sure it isn't humorous to you.
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:49 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Oh my gosh I hope you heal soon . Kids make ya crazy at times .
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Hello everyone! I am a new tib fib injury. Here's a summary:
1. Aug 22 - walking barefoot. My kids were fighting upstairs and I was walking down our stairs. I stopped before taking the last step, so I could yell at them to stop fightin. Turned around to take a step, missed it...and fell while trying to catch my fall with my right leg - crack, crack - tib fib. Most excruciating painful experience.
That will heal and you will walk normally again.

Doing much the same and acquiring a quad tear that failed reattachment, now...
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Old 09-07-2018, 04:04 PM
 
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I had a tibial osteotomy in may and it’s been a brutal recovery. Definitely do what they tell you to do and don’t overdo it. I’m just now able to really walk a lot and even then there is pain where my screws are. I also developed CRPS but that’s extremely rare so hopefully you don’t go down that road.

I’m surprised you’re off narcotics already. I tried at 2 weeks but quickly went back on them.
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Old 09-07-2018, 04:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I had a spiral fracture of the fibula ten years ago.

After my injury, it took about a year before I could walk without pain. I was on narcotic painkillers for three months after the injury. I tried to do without them but it just wasn't happening.
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Old 09-07-2018, 06:13 PM
 
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Hello everyone! I am a new tib fib injury. Here's a summary:
1. Aug 22 - walking barefoot. My kids were fighting upstairs and I was walking down our stairs. I stopped before taking the last step, so I could yell at them to stop fightin. Turned around to take a step, missed it...and fell while trying to catch my fall with my right leg - crack, crack - tib fib. Most excruciating painful experience.

2. Aug 23 - Surgery. Tianium rod in my tibia (spiral fracture) with various screws, plate on my fibula with more screws.

3. NWB. Using crutches. Unable to sleep because of the splint they put on. Heavy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4. Sept 6 - First follow up with the ortho. They like my progress...surprised the swelling is not too bad. They took xrays and took off that awful splint that felt like it weighed 20 pounds. I am now in a fiberglass cast...finally able to sleep a few hours during the night.

5. Pain: I guess it's tolerable. I am on a schedule of 2 Tylenol every 6 hours and 2 Motrin every 6 hours. So basically I alternate every 3 hours. I asked the ortho about the risk of Motrin affecting bone healing/growth...she said the evidence is pretty much inconclusive either way. Her position was that it would help with inflammation which would lead to quicker recovery, which would lead to being weight bearing sooner, which would lead to quicker bone healing...basically a domino effect.

6. Going back to the ortho in 2 weeks where they will take xray and if all goes well get an air boot. Hopefully that means I will be weight bearing.

A little bit about me: 38 years old, 2 kids, 1 wonderful wife.

Our own homes are the most hazardous places we can be. The bathtub, stairs, slippery patio surfaces, kitchen explosions and fires and workshop tools that gouge into us, are worse than conditions at work or traveling around town. I'm not looking forward to my overdue job of blowing tree debris off my roof. One false step and down I go!

Good luck to you in rehabilitating that leg. Adaptive Physical Ed., helping people overcome or accommodate physical impairments, was one of my jobs, so I know what the complications can be. I'd taper off on those pain-relievers as much as possible. They do reduce the body's ability to maintain itself or heal in some cases. And they do cause a buildup of body fluids, in your system's attempt to dilute their toxicity.
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