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Comment : Re: Lingering pain
Posted by Amy on Sun 9:18pm 29 March 2009

Hi Christophe! My name is Amy and I had/have an injury similar to yours. About 3.5 years ago I was playing American Football and I was tackled. The guy dove right into my shin and broke it right in the middle. It did not go through the skin though the leg was just hanging to the side - enough so that another of my team members had to support it and he said it kept bouncing due to the nerves shooting through. I had a titanium rod and 3 screws placed in my tibia/fibula. There are a lot of nasty details I'll skip through here to get to my recovery though. I did my 2 weeks on a walker (can you say humbling?), 2.5 mos on crutches and 2 more mos on one crutch, I did about 3 months of therapy 3 times a week, and I'm telling you, 3 years later... I'm still hurting. I will tell you though that during my therapy I was struggling so much with lateral motion that I went in and had my screws removed. It made a world of difference for me, I was able to step sideways without crying which was such a blessing. I wish I had had the rod removed also because now that I'm 3.5 years down the road I'm considering it... as if the pain wasn't bad enough then it has to carry on for years.

I've played volleyball since then but to jump and block is possible but when the game is over and the adrenaline is gone... I'm just left with aching pains. Not to mention, I'm scared to death when someone so much as steps in my direction... mentally it hasn't been great either.

I guess all of that just to tell you that I would recommend at least getting the screws out, if all else you will avoid having to do it later in life when you start to be able to see them through the skin (which I heard happens often).

Good luck, let me know if you decide to get them out.

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