"No pain, no break" is a myth

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    May 08, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    I shattered the distal ends (at the wrist) of my right radius and ulna bones. I was at my doctor's office within 20 minutes of the fall. But because I had no pain and full range of motion of my hand, he presumed that was no break or tear, just one hell of a hematoma.

    Well, they were broken, shattered even, into little pieces.

    Now it's 3 and a half weeks later, the swelling has gone down and I could see my hand isnt sitting straight on the end of my arm.

    Went back. He xrayed this time. Voila, the bones are shattered.

    Off to the orthopaedic surgeon.

    He was on the fence about operating now. The pieces have already begun to knit. Breaking them up again and repositioning them will be difficult. If I had been sent to him immediately, he said it would have been no problem to push them back into place, put in a plate, and fix it all up.

    We decided on no surgery for now. See if there is a significant problem with the hand. If there is, it wont be much more problem to rebreak the bone in a month or so, than it is now. So he will operate them. If there is no problem, then I will just live with a slightly crooked hand on the end of my arm.

    I am just worried about being able to workout. I dont want a misaligned hand to not direct the stress of lifting down the arm properly.
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    May 08, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif wtf....daaamn, that sounds super shitty!!!.....
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    May 08, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    Fall? How exactly did you fall/land?
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    May 09, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    "No pain = Shattered"
    A new way of looking at things...

    PS. I hope your hand heals up ok, and that you can find a way to use it seamlessly with your workouts.
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    May 09, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    paulflexes said"No pain = Shattered"
    A new way of looking at things...

    PS. I hope your hand heals up ok, and that you can find a way to use it seamlessly with your workouts.

    I am surprised that I could do that much damage...I saw the xrays....and have it not hurt. I just wish my family doc had xrayed in immediately. An operation now is going to be much more difficult and costly. ... icon_mad.gif

    At what point do you hold a doctor responsible?
  • monet

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    May 09, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    Get a second opinion ASAP.
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    May 09, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    monet saidGet a second opinion ASAP.


    Agreed. I was in the same boat. The first doctor put me in a cast, the second doctor said, "No way. You need a plate and screws or it won't heal properly."

    Look up an orthopedic surgeon who has done plates in wrists. It's fairly common. The injury healed 100%, and now the plate is just a relic that sits in there and sets off metal detectors (haha, kidding). I'm glad I didn't take any chances and advise you not to either.
  • james716

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    May 09, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    Doctors carry malpractice insurance precisely for instances like this.

    Sometimes there's too much bogus litigation, but it seems warranted in this situation assuming the detail provided is accurate.

    The docs failure to order a routine xray in the beginning has exasperated your injury to the point that it is now going to be more difficult and painful to treat. That's neglect. There's the very real threat that you will physically feel the pain of his neglect for the rest of your life.

    I'd go speak with a lawyer stat.