UPDATE: I fractured my leg today

  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 09, 2008 10:06 PM GMT
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    My left leg snapped playing touch football this morning, and it caused my ankle to dislocate 30 degrees to the left. I will have surgery next week and will be on medical leave for 30 days. Could this have been at a better moment with the upcoming holidays, not that there is a good moment?

    Has anyone ever suffered a fracture? Remedies other than doctor care? Recovery times? Long-term effects?

    A picture of it is in my profile.
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    Dec 09, 2008 10:39 PM GMT

    ....tough break.
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    Dec 09, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    hey i'm so sorry about your injury dude.

    i didnt see the pic in your profile though, so, i just want to clarify before i throw links at you.

    you dislocated your ankle and broke your tibia/fibula also?
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    Dec 09, 2008 10:44 PM GMT
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    My left leg snapped playing touch football this morning, and it caused my ankle to dislocate 30 degrees to the left. I will have surgery next week and will be on medical leave for 30 days. Could this have been at a better moment with the upcoming holidays, not that there is a good moment?

    Has anyone ever suffered a fracture? Remedies other than doctor care? Recovery times? Long-term effects?

    A picture of it is in my profile.


    Eek. Heal fast!
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 09, 2008 10:45 PM GMT
    Yes. I don't have the full details of what was being said as I was more pre-occupied at the pain that really set in after they cut off the shoe. The fracture was above the ankle and the downward, unsupported force of my weight that continued after the fracture caused my ankle to dislocate. I had to go under conscious sedation (best trip ever) for them to roll the ankle back into place and mobilize it with a splint. I'll know more about it next Tuesday as I go in for pre-op review/planning.

    The strange thing is that I heard and felt the snap, pop, pop, but the pain was moderate for the most part. I was also lucky that some people of the team were trained in EMT And that was a great blessing because after waiting for over 1/2 hour for the ambulance, I had to go to the hospital in the back of my Commander's SUV.

    My percoset is wearing off.
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    Dec 09, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    dogs ... Good luck and quick healing!
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    Dec 09, 2008 10:47 PM GMT
    My photo was disapproved by RJ. They must be squeemish. Email me if interested in viewing.
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    Dec 09, 2008 10:48 PM GMT
    Back in high school, I was running a 1600m run at an invitational. Going into the first curve of the 2nd lap, I was nudged off the track by another runner and fractured my ankle. I was able to finish the race without much difficulty, must have been the adrenaline, but collapsed right past the finish line and was on crutches for quite awhile after.
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    Dec 09, 2008 10:49 PM GMT
    The game was officers versus enlisted and the enlisted was shutting out the officers 4 touchdowns to 0.
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    Dec 09, 2008 10:56 PM GMT
    Yep, I had stress fractures in high school in my shin bones although your's sounds far worse than mine as it came on gradually first through shin splints and then a hairline fracture formed. The ankle dislocation would definitely complicate things as I didn't need surgery or anything, and it took me about 2 months to recover which for me meant to get back into running. To treat it rest and icing it to alleviate swelling were effective. Long term effects- when I was heavier and running the area would feel twingey occasionally, and it hurts like Hell if I get hit in the shins (not that getting hit in the shins is ever pleasent but getting hit right in that area is particularly unpleasant). You should be fine, just treat it like any other break and stay off of it.

    Speedy recovery!
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    Dec 09, 2008 10:59 PM GMT
    I'm sorry to hear about your leg - stay down and recover - and take your pain pills! icon_cool.gif
  • EricLA

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    Dec 09, 2008 11:01 PM GMT
    Remedies other than doctor care?

    WTF? Sure, you can have a butcher amputate it for ya! icon_eek.gif

    I'm not sure leeches are going to do much a job healing your injuries, know what I mean?

    Sounds like surgery is the necessary course of treatment.

    I broke a leg during winter as a Freshman in high school, but it was a simple hairline fracture.

    Nothing is more fun than navigating slippery surfaces than on crutches. I fell a couple of times during recovery.

    The only long-term effect was that the foot in the cast appeared to be hairier, something that lasted for several years. Of course, you might be able to sense weather changes after you've healed.

    Good luck, I wish you a speedy recovery.
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 09, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    Runninchlt said, "Yep, I had stress fractures in high school in my shin bones although your's sounds far worse than mine as it came on gradually first through shin splints and then a hairline fracture formed. The ankle dislocation would definitely complicate things as I didn't need surgery or anything, and it took me about 2 months to recover which for me meant to get back into running. To treat it rest and icing it to alleviate swelling were effective. Long term effects- when I was heavier and running the area would feel twingey occasionally, and it hurts like Hell if I get hit in the shins (not that getting hit in the shins is ever pleasent but getting hit right in that area is particularly unpleasant). You should be fine, just treat it like any other break and stay off of it.

    Speedy recovery!"

    Thanks.

    You know, I can't fully remember, but I swear that a recent doctor's visit revealed that I had a stress fracture in my leg and I think that was a large factor in my fracture.
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    Dec 09, 2008 11:20 PM GMT
    Wow! That would have been an interesting x-ray to see.
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    Dec 09, 2008 11:22 PM GMT
    EricLA said, "Nothing is more fun than navigating slippery surfaces than on crutches. I fell a couple of times during recovery."

    I know what you mean. Back in 1999, I tore my medial miniscus (knee ligament) playing rugby in the snow. The next day, I had to go in to work to issue keys to someone and when I opened the door, all I could see was the glow of a freshly waxed floor. The snow outside had been melting, so the bottoms of my crutches were wet. I knew that entering would be perilous, so I proceeded with caution. 3 steps in and my crutches went outwards and I twisted my knee again for the third time (twice in the game and this event). Talk about misery.
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    Dec 09, 2008 11:32 PM GMT
    EricLA said, "I'm not sure leeches are going to do much a job healing your injuries, know what I mean?"


    You know what's ironic? Yesterday, I was chiding my LT to bring the bengay for the game and I end up with a fractured leg. We were joking about that in the ER.
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    Dec 09, 2008 11:35 PM GMT
    Ouch, any good pain pills?
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    Dec 09, 2008 11:40 PM GMT
    sfinboston said, "Ouch, any good pain pills?"

    Percoset (oxycodone)

    During sedation at the hospital, the staff was telling me that I was cooing and laughing after they rolled my ankle back into place. I don't remember much of the action they did to my leg, but the subconscious sensations of them rolling my ankle into position made me envision the ceiling tiles folding onto themselves in a pattern. It was an interesting trip. After the rollback, I could feel the ankle heat up as the blood flowed through. I was still sedated and semi-aware and wanted to say something, but could only laugh at my sarcastic thoughts. I get sarcastic when I feel intense pain.

    Also, after I came to, the thought that I outed myself during sedation crossed my mind. How bizzare.
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    Dec 10, 2008 1:22 AM GMT
    CoolARMYDude! Sorry about your luck...that HURTS and it SUCKS!!! Hope you have some helpful buds around, you will need them. I had a compund fracture of my left tibia..12 years ago.
    I broke it while being thrown off of my MT. Bike. on some rough single track...also broke my collarbone at the same time. I was a mess and had to wait 1.5 hours for help to come and then another hour getting to the hospital...had me on morphine for the ride.....after the repositioning and the casting, etc, I was on Percocet for a few weeks...took about 10-12 weeks to heal back to a useable condition. Watch out for the percocet...it will constipate you....it dries you out and it slows down your digestive tract...Good luck and take care...
    PS: why do you think you outed yourself? Would anyone belive you when you were in pain and on meds?
  • EricLA

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    Dec 10, 2008 1:25 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidEricLA said, "I'm not sure leeches are going to do much a job healing your injuries, know what I mean?"


    You know what's ironic? Yesterday, I was chiding my LT to bring the bengay for the game and I end up with a fractured leg. We were joking about that in the ER.


    Yup, irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.
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    Dec 10, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    Sorry about your injury. I hope you heal quickly and well. I've broken my ankle and my collarbone - both of which healed fine. One piece of advice: do not endure pain. Stay ahead of it with the meds - i.e. take them before the pain becomes bothersome. And if the meds you've been given aren't working well enough, speak up. God speed.
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    Dec 10, 2008 1:36 AM GMT
    Sorry about your injury. But hey, if your family drives you crazy in the holidays, at least now you'll be too stoned to care, and they'll give you anything you want!
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    Dec 10, 2008 1:55 AM GMT


    Wow, we're both sorry you got hurt. Hope it heals up fast and sturdy. Neither of us have ever had broken limbs, (so no useful advice handy) but seen enough of them to think 'OWWW" reading your posts.

    Hang in!
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    Dec 10, 2008 2:00 AM GMT
    Ouchie. And no thanks on the pic *turns green* icon_redface.gif

    Hope it heals well and fast. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 10, 2008 2:05 AM GMT
    As we used to say back on the farm, shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!