Having survived the second operation for an insertion of a steel rod in the right femur (the first one being last May in the left femur) just ! Five days in hospital instead of the expected one, kidney problem necessitating being put on a drip and a distressing episode involving 'coffee ground vomit' have left me with debilitating pain in the lower back. I see the surgeon in 2 weeks time but in the meantime am reduced to using a Zimmer in the house and a wheel chair for longer outings. To say I am fed up,is the understatement of the year. Any encouraging comments very welcome. Do not mention alendronic acid to me if you want a polite response !