11 weeks post my left femur break & surgery to insert a titanium rod from my hip to my knee & I am still on 2 crutches & will be for another 3 months at least. My Surgeon is pleased with my progress but keeps warning me this is a long slow process with healing expected to take 18 months.
The Break x-ray (Ouch!)
In terms of diagnosis & investigation as to why my femur broke spontaneously ( remember this is the longest, strongest bone in your body and it doesn’t just break as a rule), the Specialists are leaning towards a rare genetic bone disease called Osteopetrosis. With Osteopetrosis there is a malignant infant version which is horrific & most babies don’t survive & then there is an adult version which is milder & life expectancy is normal. With this disease the bone mass density is extremely high (mine is) & the bones then become brittle as a result & either break or severe Osteoarthritis sets in. I’ve had Osteoarthritis in numerous joints & my spine since my mid 20’s so that fits too. Scoliosis of the spine is also part of the disease & again I tick that box too. My Specialists think I have been blessed that my first break has only just happened at 49 & I agree. They cannot rule out more breaks though but we are hoping & praying this is my one & only. The only reason for not being diagnosed with Osteopetrosis officially at this stage is because I can swim ( or at least I could last time I tried a few years ago now!) According to my Endocrinologist people with Osteopetrosis are unable to swim because their bones are so dense they cause them to sink. My Surgeon is not so sure about that so diagnosis is pending…
Anyway, if nothing else it’s interesting to know some answers to so many questions may be forthcoming…watch this space!