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Offline Mrsmd

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New here, tibular Plat fracture.
« on: September 24, 2007, 11:38:15 PM »
Hi I just found this site and thought maybe someone here can help me to understand my own injury better.  I am a 36  and got injured Aug-12-06. My past medical history is quite bad.  I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 1997 at the age of 26,  I had extensive surgery and chemo. it was genetic.  It took me years to get back to somewhat norma and working outl, then in 2005 they found large fibroids and scar tissue  that were harming  my kidneys so I  had a complete hysterectomy and started hormone replacements.  It took a long time but I got back to normal and was just dealing with some thyroid issues (hypothyroidism).  Last August on our first day of vacation I was walking out of the kiddie area of a wave pool at our hotel, well the wave must have been very strong because someone smashed into my knee from the side and I dropped like a brick.  I was in about 6 inches of water.  After finding out it was broken we flew back home and I was admitted into the hospital.  They found a bloodclot and then everything went crazy.  I had to have a filter put in and start on shots and then coumadin for 8 months until I asked for the filter to be removed. The surgury on my knee was so much worse then I thought.  I have a plate and 4 screws plus a lot of cadaver bone, I was in the hospital for 8 days. My surgeon said my own bone was just powder,  he said it was alot worse than what they originally thought.  Then I found out that during surgury I aquired a hairline fracture in my ankle. Well now it has been over a year and even with PT I still limp  and can't bend my knee past that 90 degree.  because of the bloodclot they won't let me take any Hormones so it put in full blown menopause.  I used to work out and be very thin and fit.  In the last year my knee has hindered me so much I have put on over 30lbs even though I eat the same of less that I ever have.
I have been to 2 OS and both said with everything I have been through I should just be thankful to be alive and if it gets worse that I can get a knee replacement.  I am very blessed to be alive ,I realize that more than anyone but , I don't think is too much to ask to look and feel good also.  Am I expecting too much I used to ride bikes, hike and do yoga.  I guess I am hoping that others who have also been through this have some advice for me.   I am feeling lost.  I am
strong person, I have always been a fighter but I am truly so frusterated and confused.  Sorry to go on so long I just wanted to share all the facts first.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Mrsm

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Re: New here, tibular Plat fracture.
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007, 08:33:01 PM »
hi there,
you have had a very difficult time with your health - im so sorry to hear that on top of your other health issues you have now developed a knee problem also.
im not particularly familiar with your type of injury but the physiotherapy is so important, you must persevere with the exercises and hopefully you will regain your ROM.
Can you go swimming - not weight bearing activities might help you at least work out a little and use up calories - just to keep you fitter?
I had a big knee surgery when I was 15 years old and I still limped and found difficult for almost 2 years afterwards (and that was without any other medical issues and it was a straightforward surgery, no complicated injuries around it).
I hope you get some good advice and support here, and best of luck with your continuing recovery.
There are other people here who have had tibia plateau fractures and have a lot of hardware in the knee, they will be able to advise you better than me.
1986 - recurrent dislocations of right patella began
1988 - Modified Hauser Procedure
1991 - dislocations started again
2005 to 2007 - 150 dislocations in 2 years - OUCH!!!
June 2007 - new OS, new physio
Oct 2007 - VMO woke up
Mar 2008 - big quads, still dislocating
Apr 2008 - next OS app

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Re: New here, tibular Plat fracture.
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2007, 08:35:49 PM »
Oh you poor thing!!  
 First, it is good that you found this site.  You should go back to the main index, "The Specialist's office" and come on down to the topic area called "Bone breaks around the knee".  That is where all the TPF people are.  I am 18 months past mine, and my leg still isn't right, so don't you feel bad about it still hurting after a year.  You sound as if you might be "middle aged" (Don't get mad - so am I !!!)  There is a pretty good group of us posting on there right now, in all stages of TPF recovery.  Come on over and read up on all our tales of woe.  It is a great support group, and you are definitely allowed to just look for a shoulder to cry on, as well as many of us post about what our doctors are telling us, you would be amazed how many different ways there are to handle this injury.  I will try to post a link, but not sure if it will work.  You can also go to the search feature, type in TPF, and you will find many entries there, to learn our histories.  Please come there and join our group - there are some great people there who will have all kinds of good ideas for you to try.
Type VI Bicondylar tibial plateau fracture 2/28/06
Surgery-L plate and 8 screws, 3/7/06
4 days in hospital
13 days at in-house rehab.
6 mos. PT
Was NWB in wheelchair 6 weeks
PWB 20 lbs only, 4 weeks, on walker
WBAT since then, walker to crutches to cane
walking OK now, stairs still difficult

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Re: New here, tibular Plat fracture.
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2007, 09:34:12 PM »
Hi MRSM - I'm fairly new to th TPF club - I'm told that aqua aerobics are a great recovery activity If you have a pool near you, you might want to try this,- I hope to try it out soon.  Keep in touch.

8/4/07 fell
8/5 diagnosed TPF
8/6 surgery plate and 6 screws
8/12 out of hospital NWM
8/21 staples removed
9/18 OS appt - WBAT with crutches
10/10 - WBAT with cane
10/27 - back to work w/cane
12/26 - no cane, slight limp when tired
1/25/08 - released from PT, no limp
2/3/09 - Released by OS

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Re: New here, tibular Plat fracture.
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2007, 10:00:15 PM »
Hi, welcome to the TPF club. I don't have any experience of aqua-aerobics but swimming has been a huge help. Even when you can't walk properly, swimming gives you a really liberating feeling as you are mobile and mentally that gives you a huge boost too. I too used to be really active, ride a lot and run half-marathons. As i cant ride as much as i used to or run at all, i find swimming gives me a good workout and i feel great afterwards. I never liked swimming much but i do need to keep busy and i now quite like it! Don't get down, yes you may be lucky to be alive but quality of life is important too. Good luck


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Re: New here, tibular Plat fracture.
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2007, 10:43:57 PM »
Hi MRSM ! It all seems discouraging doesnt it? Well 1st I want to say about the Hysterectomy-Been there. Okay there is a great site for that. Its called  I lived on that after mine. done just like this site where other women tell there stories and HELP you!! From what I remember putting on 30lbs is NOT unusual. Been there!! HAHAHA Im also without hormones-its very hard trying to lose that extra weight then to throw the knee problems in also just seems daunting. Its been 5 years for me and I must admit I have just gotten used to the weight. I did get to buy a whole new wardrobe-and have learned how to minimize what I thought didnt look good. I finally accepted that my body was going to be different through no fault of my own. the worse part was the heavy duty hot flashes-and we moved to Florida!!! Im telling you NO women should move south-Alaska would be a much better choice!! Then again If I had laid down in the snow I would have melted the Glaciers and we already have a problem with that.
Now the knee-ahhh thats hard. If you are like most of us you thought originally ahh a broken knee-6 weeks and a cast and all will be fine. Surprised ya didn't it? I didnt even guess that just going to the bathroom was going to be an ordeal!! The hardest part of this injury is how LONG it takes. Then having to deal with family, friends and Drs. Everyone thinks you should be fine-who ever heard of a broken leg taking over a year to heal?? Well, all of us here want you to know that it does take a long time-dont get to discouraged. Yea you will somedays-so do I but then I remember how long I was bedbound or in a wheelchair. So now I am walking with a limp and a cane. I think I have come a LONG way!! I rather walk like this then be back in that wheelchair. If I really want to do something I go ahead and try it. Sometimes I pay for it the next day-but the satisfaction is worth it. Yea riding a bike is hard-so get some training wheels or one of those 3 wheeled ones. The last thing you want to do is fall-so who cares if we use devices to help us. my cane comes in so handy for other things that it doesnt bother me at all to have it. Your ROM -well do the best you can others here have improved theres long after the time of the accident. I know I can bend more now then when I stopped PT. I have ended up with other problems pain mostly-but after 6 months of it I am begining to feel like its normal to have something hurting daily. I still do my gardening which I love-just look a little clutzy getting up and down!! haha. I guess you just have to stop and think how far you have come and dont sweat where you arent. My husband is constantly saying "When you get back to normal" I keep telling him to stop thinking like that-this may be normal from now on-and personally I am VERY happy with how far I have come!!!!! 7 weeks of bedpans then months of wheelchair then crutches-UGHHH no thankyou!!!!! I may be creeky and sometimes slow-but I'M WALKING !!! Give yourself a break and some credit. You have gone through an alful lot. Your body needs to heal itself and so do you. Cheer up you are not alone. check back in and let us all know how you are doing, good days & bad we will listen.  Take CARE
3/17/07-car accident- glove compartment door fractured TP,fx pelvis,6 broken ribs, broken sternum, fx c6
3/20/07-surgery- 3" bolt
7 weeks NWB--
17 weeks PT so far,
6/14/07 Dr says 1 crutch ok if I can handle it-YAHOO !!!
7/5/07 put myself on cane

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Re: New here, tibular Plat fracture.
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2007, 11:58:40 PM »
I am so sorry you are experiencing problems with your knee!  :'( I hope that you will consider taking up the water activities, that helped me regain ROM like nothing else, because it eliminates the stress on the joint. The deeper the water, the better (use a lifevest if you must!!). I am 5 years post BL and though I am not back to where I was, I am thriving at a new normal. There are days where I even forget I had a BL! I thought I would never say that!  ;)

Anyhow, welcome to the TP Club, join us in the "Broken Bones Around the Knee" section and commiserate - you will find a lot of great encouragement there! And Welcome!!!  ;D
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Re: New here, tibular Plat fracture.
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2007, 04:03:54 AM »
Bless your heart, you have really had a tough road. I can understand your frustration with all of this. I had my TPF a little over a year ago, too. I did better than my OS and PT thought I would do. I can remember sitting there with so much pain (still got that) and couldn't manage to bend the leg past 75. I had no place to have water therapy and nothing much was working at PT although he was trying as hard as he could and so was I. PT put me on an exercise bike. What a joke....couldn't even push the pedal all the way down let alone all the way around. But it was the right thing to do. He told me to pedal backwards. I did--not much better. But at least it was better than forwards. I kept trying because everyone said it would help. I kept pushing it just a little harder than I thought I could and he kept stretching as hard as I could stand. I also bought a bicycle--one just like I used at therapy. Best bucks I ever spent. I got on that silly thing (oh, did my rear complain)  several times a day and little by little I guess I stretched, strengthened, and just plain cried and prayed my way to a little more bend. I did not do it alone. The cheering section on this site encouraged, commiserated with me, and gave me tons of advice that I used. We can't go to therapy with you or give you a physical shoulder to cry on, but we can sure listen and we will sure help you as much as we can. I teach all day. I use my wheelchair when the concrete floor and the possibility of rain get to be too much, and when the halls are crowded with kids. I use my cane when there are stairs (which I will never do normally), or when it hurts too much. My new normal is not the same....but I am having a blast. I've just been finding new ways to have fun. You will too. After all you have been through, you will too. You will prove them all wrong, just like you already have!!!!! Hang in there, girl. You will do it. And we will help as much as we can. Come on over to the TPF side....  We'll meet you there.
8/11/06 Lateral TPF with displacement
8/12/06 9 Screws,plate
9/5/06 Begin PT, ROM only
9/19/06  PT-ROM, 25% PWB
10/9/06 PT Adv. WB, ROM 67-13
10/27/06 WB, Rom 75-8
11/19/06 WB, cane ROM 88-8
12/5/06 WB, cane ROM 107-8
1/3/07 WB, cane ROM 114-3
1/25/07 ROM 120-0
8/11/07 Keeping hardware