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I think your bone is shifting on the rod.
I had a broken femur on one leg and a cut femur on the other, and rods used in each one. Bone does not have nerves inside of it, so not having pain feels great but it does not mean no damage was done. The leg should not be seeming to shift around the rod. It is excellent if you have it X-rayed to make sure the bone is in proper alignment. Bone has to be motionless against bone for it to knit together correctly.
It is imperative that you guard against falls and compromising your bone until you know for a fact the fracture is solid. If not, you are risking infection inside the bone, which is painless, but deadly. This is not to scare you but it's true, you risk losing the leg if you abuse it by not knowing better. I learned the hard way. Be glad you don't need a cast and don't have pain, but treat your leg as if you do have pain and be very careful with it until the x-ray proves it is completely solid.
Rods were used to secure my femur bones, both times. The first was a compound fracture in the right leg, and a rod was installed as it is the least invasive surgery. However, I felt the leg was slipping around the rod, and told the doctor who told me there is no way it could. eventually I was in pain and insisted the leg was twisting around the rod so they did an x-ray and the doctor came in white as a sheet. He had to admit my leg shifted around the rod, and that it had to come out and a plate was installed which secured the bone so it could remain stationary and grow into itself. After the bone healed the plate and screws were removed and the screw holes filled in with new bone quickly, and the femur was solid. The plate was removed so that the bone would have natural resiliency. I have had a plate for 30 years where my tibia was crushed so that it was missing bone, in the same accident. That bone has no flexibility at all because of the plate. But docotrs don't wnat to risk infection by removing it, so I'm stuck with it.
In my other leg, I allowed an elective surgery to shorten the femur two inches due to the large length lost in the broken leg. I was assured bone shortening was done many times, but after the fact I learned it was experimental surgery. That doctor wanted to use a rod where the section of bone was removed. I said no because it had not worked in the other leg. The doctor insisted that I should trust that he knew best so I gave in.
I woke from surgey with no pain, did not need pain med at all. I started light physical therapy and was able to walk with no cast or crutches. But in about two days I felt the bone move around the rod. This doctor also told me it was impossible for the bone to move around the rod. The bone never hurt, but my leg began to feel "strangled" or that's all I could think of to describe it. I became depressed and stopped eating, and the doctor had the bone x-rayed to prove the bone was secure. He too was white as a ghost as he told me my greatest fear: I had to undergo another surgery to do what I had insisted was the right thing, to insert a plate.
I understood why he wanted to use the rod. It is not so invasive and it is easily removed. But the first didn't work for me, and neither did the second. I had to have a plate put in, and after healed the plate removed. From this I developed osteomyalitis because my stamina had decreased, I was stressed, was not able to keep food down and unable to rest. Bone infection cannot be treated with antibiotics because there are no blood vessels in bone to carry in the antibiotics. I had to have the bone scraped out and left open to heal from inside out, and then the scar was revised. The doctor told I was facing 2-3 scrapings, gangrene eventually and amputation. (in my case, through prayer the infection in that femur was completely healed and there are x-rays that were done for unrelated reasons that prove it, but that is not the usual case.)
I just want you to know that it is very serious to not take a break and needed healing time seriously. The rod or plate is just to prevent the need of a cast and muscle atrophy that occurs from being in a cast. You still must guard your bone from twisting, etc so it can knit together. You should not hear or feel popping. Not even in your joints.
Magnesium CITRATE is the magnesium of choice as it is easily assimilated and will cause calcium to go into the bone, not into soft tissue. It can even cause calcium deposits to disolve and reassimilate into the bone
where it belongs.
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Last edited by Tree Frog; 07-09-2010 at 11:19 PM.