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        03-11-2013, 01:39 AM
      #11
    Trained
    Pain is a useful thing - it indicates something is wrong and not to use "x"..your hand, in this case. I would just get a second opinion on the xrays. Pain isn't necessarily higher for a broken bone than for some other injury.
         
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        03-11-2013, 02:22 AM
      #12
    Trained
    I had the opposite problem when I fractured my ankle. Went to the ER and was told that based on the x-rays, I'd fractured my ankle (actually the lower part of my shin bone right where it joins the ankle). Went to the follow-u ortho appointment and was told that based on THEIR x-rays, I'd just sprained my ankle (was told the ER was easily mistaken because I have a bone spur whose shadow makes it look like a fracture...ummmm...what?). Was put in a walking cast for two weeks, but after a week I got tired of it (had to walk a lot with my job) and just started wearing my lace-up riding boots, laced up tight (I ride in Ariat Terrains). Now, two years later, I am convinced the ER was right and the ortho was mistaken because I still have issues with that ankle (sprained my other ankle in high school so bad I nearly chipped off bone and never had another problem with it once it healed).

    Point is, second opinions are usually a good idea.

    I'm surprised the ER isn't requiring a follow-up visit with your regular doctor. Every time I've gone to the ER (admittedly only twice lol), I've had to have a follow-up with my regular doctor within ten days.

    As for getting a second opinion, I'd call your regular doctor and tell them the situation. See what they suggest.
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        03-11-2013, 11:14 AM
      #13
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by FGRanch    
    WSArabians doctor missed the break in her arm for 3 ( maybe 2) days. And it was a nasty break, to the extent of a cast for 10 weeks.
    Not only one break, but two. Of course, the ulna break was WAAAY worse - it still looked all crooked in the x-rays last Monday! LOL
         
        03-11-2013, 11:19 AM
      #14
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by OutOfTheLoop    
    So how do I go about getting a second opinion? Should I call the orthopedic my regular doc sent me to for my tendonitis and see if he will look at the xrays? I have been crying on and off since it happened from the throbbing. I can't button my pants for Christ sake. I havnt figured out if it really does hurt that bad, or if I'm just pissed off because of the pain and I can't do the little things, or maybe a little of both.
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    My break didn't get caught until I got transferred to the second hospital. I was in the first hospital for a week (and even waiting in the ER room for surgery for my smashed femur and broken hip, my arm was the only thing I complained about, I guess - and FGRanch kept snatching it! LOL) and that was a week after I had been there already - I still had to argue with them for a follow up x-ray.
    So it was almost two weeks before I got a cast. It healed slightly crooked but I still have a lot of tendon/muscle issues from my elbow that are bugging me.
    It may just be a pulled/tore muscle/tendon/ligament - that hurts like a b*tch too - but I would suggest a second opinion with a different doctor (don't mention any previous x-rays) or I would suggest a Physio Therapist.
    I don't know about down there, but up here my local hospital hosts a free day, every tuesday, for people who can't afford it. I don't know if your hospital does something like that, but I'd look into it.
         
        03-11-2013, 11:54 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    They told me to wear the splint for ten days and if it still hurts to follow up with my doctor. I got some of the guys at work to do a few things for me so I'm making out ok working with one arm lol. I didn't have any swelling yesterday but today my fingers at so fat I can't straighten them lol.
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        03-11-2013, 12:25 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    They told me to wear the splint for ten days and if it still hurts to follow up with my doctor. I got some of the guys at work to do a few things for me so I'm making out ok working with one arm lol. I didn't have any swelling yesterday but today my fingers at so fat I can't straighten them lol.
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        03-11-2013, 12:31 PM
      #17
    Trained
    Yes its possible. I broke my arm falling off a snowmobile when I was 8. The first XRay revealed nothing. 1 week later, as I lost strength in my arm, I went back to the doctor and it was fractured.

    Keep in mind, excessive swelling can hide breaks on xrays. So its best to get another xray once the swelling, if you have any, goes down some.
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        03-11-2013, 12:33 PM
      #18
    Trained
    I would go to the Ortho with the films. This is NOT the time for a chiro, plus I didn;t know they did much "hand work"....lol.

    My sons GF fell off my guy and was in terrible pain. Took her to the ER-they said she was fine-just bruised-long story short-she had a broken pelvis and hip. Not displaced, like WS (wow they must have been blind!), but still broken.

    Don't wait 10 days. By then it may be too old a break to fix properly.
         
        03-11-2013, 01:13 PM
      #19
    Started
    ^^ frank our chrio will do absolutely anything that needs to be cracked! If there is a place that needs cracking he can do it. But I do agree with others check out the ortho!
         
        03-11-2013, 01:38 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Casey02    
    ^^ frank our chrio will do absolutely anything that needs to be cracked! If there is a place that needs cracking he can do it. But I do agree with others check out the ortho!
    Yeah well there's a lot of "quack" Chiro's that will happily crack, crunch and break things out there.....

    A really good Chiro is invaluable but you NEED to make sure that something is out of place not broken first and and Orthopedist is the Dr whose specialty is bones and what may or may not be broken or if there is some variety of defect with them.

    My lil girl has genetic defects in both of her legs and couldn't walk without falling down constantly. 2 Chiros told me that she just had things out of place and they could easily correct it. I wanted X-rays first so I took her to an Ortho (so Ins would pay for the X-rays, they don't cover a Chiro) and guess what.... absolutely nothing out of place. The actual BONES are crooked! No amount of adjusting would have done her any good, most likely just would have caused her harm.
         

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